Established in Lafayette, Indiana in 1973, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a unified effort to educate and encourage interest in the heritage and architecture in the Wabash Valley area. We subscribe to preservation in the broadest sense, encompassing quality of life issues that affect the environment, urban districts, neighborhoods, and rural areas.


Just as the built environment did not evolve overnight, preservation planning takes long range vision. Not only is the Trust involved in current community issues, we work hard to influence the long range future of preservation in Lafayette, Indiana and the Wabash Valley area. We have programs to educate residents on the importance of preservation. We are building networks here in our community along with state and national leaders as we strive to preserve our quality of life. Members of the Board of Trust will have the opportunity to serve a two or three year term.



Johanna Downie Award
Silk Purse Award
Plaque Program
Endangered Structures List 
Preservation Education
Patty Barrett Library
Garden and Home Tours
Neighborhood Advocacy


Our logo is a sycamore leaf. Sycamore trees are the largest among Indiana's native trees, sometimes growing to heights of over 100 feet. The sycamore is a symbol of strength and age and is a member of the planet's oldest clan of trees (Platanaceae). You can see the leaf on the plaques we award. 



James C. Werner - President

James is the principle manager for a nationwide mortgage banking firm that specializes in government loan programs and renovation financing.  James holds a BFA from the American Academy of Art in Chicago as well as an MA from Purdue University and has been an adjunct professor of history and appreciation of art and architecture at Ivy Tech and currently as Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Faculty.  James served as a department head for the Tippecanoe County Assessor‘s Office and been a long time contributor to the local arts and culture community as an artist and teacher.

Daniel Walker - Secretary

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Shawna McCully – Vice President

Shawna is the owner/operator of Eclectic Hair Salon located in a building that was originally a horse drawn firehouse in West Lafayette.  Shawna has served on the board since 2010 and served on the Preservation, Programs and Events and Executive committees. A Lafayette native, she is drawn to the local history and architecture especially the restoration of her historic home.

Rene Hariri - Treasurer

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Darcy Allen

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Toni Butcher

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Lou Camilotto


Lou is a retired high school social studies teacher.  He taught Geography at McCutcheon High School. He taught a large unit on the History of Tippecanoe County.  Inside this unit was a study of the built environment.  His students learned the many phases of restoration along with all the architectural styles of buildings in Tippecanoe County.  Today, Lou still writes grants for the Wabash Valley Trust.  He continues to emphasize the need for awareness of preservation in our county for both students and adults.  

Kim Davis

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Jacky Ralph

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Shirley West

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Susan Schechter

Susan is a botanist and plant pathologist by training and is winding down her career in Information Technology working with a USDA project for early detection of exotic agricultural pests. Her family has renovated an 1850’s era downtown building and the adjoining 1910’s apartment house where they live and run the local bike shop, Virtuous Cycles.

Gwyne Bahler

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Eric Grossman

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Wabash Valley Trust   |   P.O. Box 1354, Lafayette, IN 47905  |   Phone: (765) 420-0268


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