Did you Know? 90% of the world's popcorn is grown in Indiana.
Did you Know? Indiana produces more than 20 percent of the United States’ popcorn supply. In a typical year, almost half of all cropland in Indiana is planted in corn.
Did you Know? Santa Claus, Indiana, receives more than a half million “Dear Santa” letters at Christmas time every year. And Santa’s little helpers are sure to get them to the North Pole in time for Christmas.
Did you Know? Sung annually during the opening ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 race over Memorial Day weekend, "Back Home Again In Indiana" is perhaps the best-known song about 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.
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.

About the Commission

1816-2016

Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but 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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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
May 30 - October 1
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 2 - October 4
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Indiana Bicentennial Commission Board Meeting
October 3 -
9:30 am Executive Session 10:00 am Public Meeting - 11:30 am
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 2 - October 4
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 2 - October 4
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Second Annual Madame C.J. Walker - Frederick Douglass Public Lecture and Workshop Series
October 9 - October 10
10:00 am Registration Thursday Oct. 9 9:15 am Welcome Friday Oct. 10 - 3:00 pm
* Thursday, October 9, at the Tower Ballroom of IUPUI’s Hine Hall (formerly the University Place Conference Center) * Friday, October 10, at the Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois Avenue
The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 9 - October 11
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Second Annual Madame C.J. Walker - Frederick Douglass Public Lecture and Workshop Series
October 9 - October 10
10:00 am Registration Thursday Oct. 9 9:15 am Welcome Friday Oct. 10 - 3:00 pm
* Thursday, October 9, at the Tower Ballroom of IUPUI’s Hine Hall (formerly the University Place Conference Center) * Friday, October 10, at the Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois Avenue
The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 9 - October 11
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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The Indiana Bicentennial Train
October 9 - October 11
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Westfield Playhouse
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Culver Fall Fest
October 17 - October 19
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Culver
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Culver Fall Fest
October 17 - October 19
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Culver
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Culver Fall Fest
October 17 - October 19
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Culver
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair
October 25 -
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Downtown Indianapolis
Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Westfield Playhouse
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
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Main Street Productions/Westfield Playhouse
September 11 - December 10
Ist show of the season - Last show of 2016
Westfield Playhouse
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OCTOBER 24 1999 Market Square Arena closes in Indianapolis. It is demolished in 2001.
12:14 pm October 24, 2014

In December 2011, former Governor Mitch Daniels appointed a fifteen member commission, chaired by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, to oversee the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday.

To learn more about a Commission member, click on his or her name below.

Meet The Commission:

Bicentennial Commission Meetings:

View Upcoming Meeting Dates
See Meeting Minutes

Meet The Staff:

Perry Hammock, Executive Director
phammock@indiana2016.in.gov

Rene’ Stanley, Director of Community Resources
EStanley@indiana2016.in.gov

Deborah Wezensky, Communications Director – Executive Assistant dwezensky@indiana2016.in.gov

 

In 1916, the State of Indiana authorized the creation of a state park system during the state’s centennial as a gift to the people of Indiana.
In communities across the state, many people are excited and ready to honor our state’s history. Together, we can celebrate in a way that engages all residents, past and present.
The state has identified $20 million in state funding to support the Bicentennial Nature Trust and the Lilly Endowment contributed an additional $10 million grant.
Indiana Bicentennial 2016.
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