GREENSBURG — In both a literal and a figurative sense, Sarah Robinson is moving down on MainStreet.
The 24-year-old Chesterton native started Tuesday as the new executive director of MainStreet Greensburg, having recently graduated Ball State University with a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation.
The Daily News caught up with her Friday afternoon at MainStreet’s summer Farmer’s Market at the Courthouse, where she was kind enough to provide an impromptu interview.
Her expertise, she said, is in helping non-profit MainStreet organizations like Greensburg’s protect and preserve old and historic structures.
“I know how to correctly preserve all the building’s down here [on Greensburg’s downtown square],” she said. “I know all the architectural styles, and I know how to research these buildings and their histories.”
Such skills and knowledge, she added, are critical in the restoration of historic structures.
MainStreet Greensburg President Stephanie Kress said she and the other five members of the search committee who ultimately hired Robinson were extremely impressed.
“We thought she was a great candidate for this job because of a great background in Historic Preservation,” Kress said. “She’s done extensive hands-on historic-preservation work in several small communities in this region.”
Those communities include North Vernon, Muncie, Columbus, Lawrenceburg and Nashville, Ind., Kress added.
“We’re excited,” she continued, “that she has a lot of knowledge about social media; she knows how to build a website. She’s interested not only in sustaining our organization, but in growing it and she has the skills to do so. We think she’s going to do a great job in helping get the word out about MainStreet Greensburg and raising our profile in the community.”
Robinson comes to the job with a nearly life-long interest in the preservation of old buildings.