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. 



John Burns – President

John Burns joined the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation in January 2009 and has served on the Finance, Programs/Events and Outreach committees.  A native of Lafayette and graduate of Ball State University, John is planner with Area Plan Commission of Tippecanoe County since 2000.  John also serves on the board of directors for NICHES, Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Eco Systems Survive.  In his spare time John enjoys working on his historic home.

Steve Schaffner – Past President 2013

Steve has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry.  Currently he is completing the course work for his PhD and teaching in the Building Construction Management department at Purdue University.  Steve joined the Board of Directors of the Wabash Valley Trust in January of 2009 and served on the Properties Committee.  In 2011 and 2012 Steve served as the Chair for the Properties Committee involving student volunteers during historic home restorations.

Dick Murray – Treasurer 2013

Dick is the SVP-COO of the Lafayette Community Bank where he has been for 11 years, prior to that he was in the insurance industry for 20 years. He is a Lafayette native. This is his second year on the Wabash Valley Trust board serving on the Properties committee in 2012.  Additional community involvement includes Board of the Golden Broncho Club, the United Way Cabinet Commerce Chair, and Lafayette Parks Foundation.

Tonia Butcher – Secretary 2013

Retired after 35 years with the Tippecanoe School Corporation as a media specialist, Tonia holds a master's degree in education from Purdue University.  She has served as vice-president and secretary of the Wabash Valley Trust.  Tonia is a former board member of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, had volunteered for historic home tours and as a storyteller at the Feast of the Hunter's Moon.

Shawna McCully – Board Representative to the Executive Committee

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.

Jim Andrew

Jim has been associated with Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation for four decades and served as President in 1973.  A Graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Urban Planning, Jim is the owner of Henry Poor Lumber & Flooring Express and has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry.   Jim has served on several committees including the finance and properties and is currently on the Board of Directors of Lafayette Savings Bank.

Lynne McHenry

Lynne has been a resident of Northwestern Heights since 1974. 

She and husband Tom Mchenry have two grown sons and two grand daughters. 
Lynne formerly served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and is currently the social chairman for the Northwestern Heights Association. She
served as a founding member of the Phi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at Purdue University,
and was subsequently Chapter Advisor and Corporation Board president. She is a member of Women in Communications,and is currently employed part time at Tipp. County Assessors office.

Linda Phillips

Linda serves on the Preservation Committee of the Trust in her first term on the trust board in this decade; Linda served two terms on the Board in the late 80's.  Linda is the Tippecanoe County Assessor.  She has been active in a number of community organizations including the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, Montessori Parents, Friends of Downtown and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Mary Alice Phillips-Loss - Vice President

A transplant from the Chicago suburbs, Mary Alice is delighted to learn about all the area has to offer.  She has a diverse background in corporate communication, sales, elementary education, and college administration.  Mary Alice joined the Wabash Valley Trust Board in January 2013.

Paul Schueler - Secretary 2014

Paul has a BA in Education and taught in an elementary school in Connecticut.  He received his MLS in Library Science in Washington, D.C. and was a librarian at a law firm.  Since moving to Indiana, he has worked as a reference librarian in a public library, managed the library and archives and three-dimensional collections in an historical association, and was the Executive Director at Wabash Valley Trust.  He previously served on the WVT Board for three years with part of that time as Board Secretary.

James C. Werner

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.

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


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