Did you Know? Santa Claus, Indiana, receives nearly half a million pieces of mail in just December and receives approximately 12,000 "Dear Santa" letters. There is an organization called Santa's Elves who helps answer the letters by Christmas.
Did you Know? Ft. Wayne, Indiana's 2nd Largest city, had its beginnings in 1794, after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, when General "Mad Anthony" Wayne built Ft. Wayne on the site of a Miami Indian village.
Did you Know? Ft. Wayne, Indiana's 2nd Largest city, had its beginnings in 1794, after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, when General "Mad Anthony" Wayne built Ft. Wayne on the site of a Miami Indian village.
Did you Know? As of May 2013, there are over 553,000 Bicentennial License plates on the road in Indiana.
Did you Know? As of May 2013, there are over 553,000 Bicentennial License plates on the road in Indiana.
Did you Know? More than 100 species of trees are native to Indiana. Before the pioneer's arrive more than 80% of Indiana was covered with forest. Now only 17% of the state is considered forested.

1816-2016

Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, and to do so in a modern way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.

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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
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Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
August 6 - August 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amish Acres
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
August 6 - August 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amish Acres
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Taste of Cass County
August 8 -
5:00pm - 1:00am
Logan's Landing
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
August 6 - August 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amish Acres
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
August 6 - August 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amish Acres
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Cumberland Arts Goes to Market
August 15 -
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturn Street at Cumberland Town Hall
Yellowstone Trail Festival
August 15 - August 16
9am - 5 pm
Starke County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Yellowstone Trail Festival
August 15 - August 16
9am - 5 pm
Starke County Fairgrounds
India Day
August 16 -
10 AM - 2PM
Monument Circle
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Pioneer Village at the Jasper County Fair
August 19 - August 23
1:00 to 4:00 PM - 1:00 to 4 PM
Jasper County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Pioneer Village at the Jasper County Fair
August 19 - August 23
1:00 to 4:00 PM - 1:00 to 4 PM
Jasper County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Pioneer Village at the Jasper County Fair
August 19 - August 23
1:00 to 4:00 PM - 1:00 to 4 PM
Jasper County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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A Day at Seven Pillars
August 22 -
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Property at Seven Pillars
Pioneer Village at the Jasper County Fair
August 19 - August 23
1:00 to 4:00 PM - 1:00 to 4 PM
Jasper County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Pioneer Village at the Jasper County Fair
August 19 - August 23
1:00 to 4:00 PM - 1:00 to 4 PM
Jasper County Fairgrounds
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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44th Swiss Wine Festival
August 27
August 27 through August 30
Paul Ogle Riverfront Park
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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44th Swiss Wine Festival
August 27
August 27 through August 30
Paul Ogle Riverfront Park
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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WoodStarke 2015
August 29 -
10 a.m. Central - Dusk
Wythogan Park
44th Swiss Wine Festival
August 27
August 27 through August 30
Paul Ogle Riverfront Park
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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44th Swiss Wine Festival
August 27
August 27 through August 30
Paul Ogle Riverfront Park
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Stars of Indiana: 19 Artists from the 19th State
August 10 - October 4
10:00am - 5:00pm
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
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Lawrence County
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August 2015 | Perry Hammock Summer has arrived in Indiana - what many call the “dog days.” Originally, this term referred to the hottest, muggiest days of summer coinciding with the early morning rising of Sirius, the Dog Star.  I always thought it was because the... READ MORE

Meet Rachel Beliles

MEET OUR NEW DIVERSITY INTERN! August 2015 Rachel Beliles joined the Indiana Bicentennial Commission in May to intern for the summer. She is a Hoosier through and through and a native to Hendricks County. Beliles attends Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and is currently... READ MORE

Meet Adrienne Smith

MEET OUR NEW PROJECT COORDINATOR! August 2015 Born in Johnson County, Adrienne Smith grew up on a 360 acre grain farm, attended and participated in the Johnson County 4-H Fair for years, while dancing, cheerleading and learning gymnastics. Falling in love with dance and... READ MORE

Q&A: BRAD BUCHANAN - PARKE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Brad Buchanan is working alongside Colleen Engle and the Parke County Bicentennial Committee to plan the Bicentennial celebration in their community. Brad was kind enough to answer a few questions we had for him about his Bicentennial experience so far. Q: Why are you... READ MORE

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