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  • Writer's pictureCaleb Bryant

KCLF Receives Nonprofit Business of the Year Award

We received the nonprofit business of the year award at Main Street Mount Vernon's Annual Awards Dinner! We’re delighted that the people of Mount Vernon chose us for this award, and we look forward to continuing our mission of preserving, promoting, and protecting Knox County's rich historic legacy in the years to come.

Highlighted below are some of the contributions we’ve made to the downtown area over the years:

  • Five murals showcasing the topics of theater, historic downtown Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon’s industrial past, and more

  • Yearly awards recognizing landmark businesses & individuals/groups for historic restoration (Including Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Herald's Appliances, the Alcove, and more)

  • The restoration of the historic former IOOF Hall to its 1880s grandeur at 112 South Main Street (learn more at

  • Reinvesting in Historic Homes Update Program (ReHHUP) — a program that funds external improvements to properties in the downtown area (learn more at

Thank you to our volunteers and the community for your continued support. It wouldn’t be possible without your help!

If you’re interested in joining our preservation efforts, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Pictured is Jeff Gottke, Knox County Landmarks Foundation President.

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