Save the Converse Gym

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The packed, steamy Converse Gym, holding more fans than the population of Converse, even had its doors closed to another 1,000 two hours before game time. It doesn’t get any better than that and this was ten years before the Miracle of Milan.

The Converse Gym has been a symbol of pride, of sportsmanship, and of small town hopes and dreams for nearly 100 years. It has served us honorably and stands as one of the last gymnasiums of its kind in the State of Indiana. It could be and should be, a Nationally Registered Landmark.

Now, the Converse Gym is imperiled. There are people who want to see it razed to make room for a new Community Center. Essentially they want ,to turn it into a parking lot.This must not happen.

We recognize that the Gym needs some tender loving care, and the Town Board, in its wisdom, utilized town funds recently to put a new roof on the building. That was, in our Society’s estimation, $80,000 well spent. It was an investment in the gym’s future, valuing its continued usefulness to the community.

The Converse Gym is not just a building. Within its walls we danced and sang, learned to skate, we played ball and performed plays. In years past it was home to annual carnivals, social events, and church dinners. Historic basketball games were played on that floor. Just a building? No, far from it. The Converse Gym is an integral part of Converse History and as such, it should be protected with fervor.

We want to see this Gym reimagined for the future of this town. We want to see it stand as a beacon of what Converse once was, what it is, and what it will continue to be.

We stand, united, to see the Converse Gym preserved for future generations to come.

Sincerely,

Converse Historical Society

Jennie Biggs, Tom Biggs, Bob Freeman, Andy Horner, Cheri Hovermale, Roy Hovermale, Annie Larrison, Donn Larrison, Kay Mobley, Steve Reiff, Avon Waters

 

 



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