CARDINAL RITTER BIRTHPLACE FOUNDATION (CRBF) TIMELINE
2002 –Purchase of property by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Stabilization efforts and capital campaign begin to save the home.
2003 – Donation of stabilization funds of $25,000 from the Efroymson Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation is formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the assistance of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.
2004 – Grassroots efforts for fundraising, including a golf scramble and donated services by local construction teams to stabilize the structure continue. First formal meeting of the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation Board of Directors is conducted.
2005 – $1 million fundraising effort begins to complete restoration and establish an endowment fund for maintenance.
2006 – Structure released from Historic Landmarks Foundation to the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation for on-going care and management.
2007 – Historical marker dedication conducted on July 22 by Bishop Robert J. Hermann, Archdiocese of St. Louis, and Monsignor Joseph Schaedel, Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
2008 – Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein blesses the Neighborhood Resource Center addition, under construction.
2009 – Open House held to entice non-profits to utilize the home. Ritter Park, across Oak Street from the Ritter Birthplace, formally dedicated on August 16, 2009.
2010 – Home of the Innocents becomes the primary tenant.
2011 – Neighborhood Resource Center building addition is dedicated on April 19.
2011 – Ritter Family Reunion held at the Ritter Birthplace on July 30. Over 50 members from across the nation gathered.
2013 – Irish Coffee Lecture Series begins on March 14.
2013 – Museum blessed and dedicated on July 17 by New Albany native Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.
2014 – Formal visioning process conducted by the Board of Directors to establish a five year plan for the future.
2015 – Ritter Park Sign Dedication held on August 15.
2017 – The Year of Our Cardinal, a year-long celebration of Joseph Cardinal Ritter.
2019 – On March 14, sculptor Guy Tedesco unveiled a maquette model for a life-sized five-piece bronze public art piece of Cardinal Ritter to be installed on the lawn of the Ritter Birthplace.