In early 2000, a committee had been formed to look into the possibility of developing a museum in Milan to house the artifacts and memorabilia of the 1954 Milan Indians Team. A commitment from the Ripley County Tourism Commission to see this idea develop into a tourist attraction, also aided in seeing this project move forward.
This core committee formed Milan ’54, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in August 2000.
The long-term goal of this organization is to develop the overall experience of this event with a permanent museum and develop the town of Milan to recreate the feeling and flavor of the times in 1954.
In June of 2013 a dream was realized as the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum opened its doors in the former State Bank of Milan building on West Carr Street in Milan, Indiana.
Raymond and Linda Baurley Milan, IN
Ray is a lifelong resident of Ripley County, IN and a Milan, IN resident since 1970. Was a teacher and coach for 38 years in the Milan Community Schools. Wife Linda was born and raised in Milan and was a teacher for 29 years in the Milan Community Schools.
Actor in the movie “Hoosiers”
Tony Clark Milan, IN
Tony is a graduate and a basketball alumni of Milan High School. He currently works at SEI Communications. He and his family live in Milan where he is very involved in the community and coaches youth basketball.
Phyllis Coe Milan, IN
Born in Dayton, OH. Mother’s family from Milan, IN. Phyllis was educator in California and moved to Milan in 2004 where she is retired and involved with various activities in the Milan, IN Community
Linda Combs Milan, IN 47031
Daughter of assistant Coach Marcus Combs of the 1954 Milan High School State Basketball Championship team, Linda is a graduate of Milan High School. Now retired from teaching in Cincinnati, OH, is again a resident of Milan, IN, and an active member of several area-wide community organizations.
Tom Kohlmeier Noblesville, IN 46062
Born and raised in Milan, graduated from Milan High School in 1969. Currently, Chairman of the Board for SEEMAC Incorporated, a Carmel, IN based company.
Roselyn McKittrick Milan, IN 47031
Born in Forest City, IA, is a Milan resident since 1947, with three children who are graduates of Milan High School. Very active as a volunteer with many Milan, IN and area-wide projects, including keeping the “Miracle of Milan” story alive. Is the founder of the original Milan ’54 temporary museum.
Ron J. Niess Valparaiso, IN 46383
Born on Long Island, NY. A graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, with an extensive background in Trade Show Marketing, Mobile Marketing, and Museums. Currently a Trustee on the Porter County (IN) Heritage Corporation. Also has active relationships with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the CAF Red Tail Project, a flying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
Marianne Wiggers Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Milan, IN resident for 20 years with two sons that are graduates of Milan High School. Currently Manager of Customer Relations and Marketing for Southeastern Indiana REMC, an electric cooperative. Serves on several boards for economic growth and development in Ripley County, IN.
Special Consultant to the Board
Glen Butte (Milan ’54 player) Batesville, IN
Born in Milan IN and raised in Pierceville IN. and a member of the 1954 Milan High School State Basketball Championship team. Received a basketball scholarship from Indiana University, and was a member of IU’s 1958 Big Ten Basketball Championship team, having played for Branch McCracken. Upon graduation from Indiana University, was in secondary education for 33 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. Retired now and lives 6 months in FL and 6 months in IN.
Katherine Taul Versailles, IN
Katherine has been the Ripley County Tourism Bureau Executive Director since 2001. She is the past editor of two weekly newspapers, and has done freelance writing, design, and photography. She is no longer amazed at the number of contacts from around the world about the Milan ’54 Indians and the movie “Hoosiers”.