Did you Know? Many Mennonite and Amish live on the farmland of Northeastern Indiana. One of the United States largest Mennonite congregations is in Berne. Amish ordnung (rules) restrict such things as the driving of cars and the use electricity.
Did you Know? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.
Did you Know? Indiana became the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816, when President James Madison signed the congressional resolution admitting Indiana to the Union.
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? "Back Home Again In Indiana" was composed by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley and first published in 1917. The composers’ inspiration was “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” the official State Song.
Did you Know? Indiana was part of the huge Northwest Territory, which included present day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, which were ceded to the United States by the British at the end of the Revolutionary war.

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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"The Blue and Gray Ball"
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Lafayette Country Club
"The Blue and Gray Ball"
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Lafayette Country Club
The Blue and Gray Ball
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Lafayette Country Club
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Indiana Bicentennial Commission Board Meeting
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Vincennes University - Student Union Building
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Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch & Discussion
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Historic Madision - Grogan Hall, St. Michaels the Archangel
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Christmas of Yesteryear
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Hope Town Square
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FREE African Studies Association K-12 Teacher Workshop
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JW Marriott Hotel - Grand Ballroom 10
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The @IndianaHistory is distributing Hoosiers and the American Story to Indiana schools & libraries for FREE. http://t.co/HKeZFh83RL
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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 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.
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.
As Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission leaders, we are privileged to play a role in a special time in our state’s history – our 200th birthday celebration. This statewide, grassroots bicentennial commemoration will strive to showcase the best of Indiana in 2016 and beyond.
Indiana Bicentennial 2016.
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