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? A 10-ton block of limestone was laid as the cornerstone of the new Indiana State House on September 28, 1880. Speeches were given by Governor James “Bluejeans” Williams and former Governor Thomas Hendricks.
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? As of May 2013, there are over 553,000 Bicentennial License plates on the road in Indiana.
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? Mount Baldy, the largest of the Indiana sand dunes, is a living dune that moves away from shore a few feet each year.

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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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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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Hope's Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
July 3 -
5:00 p.m. - dark--after fireworks
Hope Town Square
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Bloomfield FireWorks
July 4 -
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Bloomfield School District Baseball Field
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Starke County Historical Soc. Ice Cream Social
July 5 -
1 pm central - 3 pm central
New Museum Building
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
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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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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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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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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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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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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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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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ReidRide
July 18 -
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
Schwartz Outdoor Music
July 18 -
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Schwartz Family Restaurant
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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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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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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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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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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7th Annual Dixie Day Festival
July 25 -
10am - 4pm
Downtown North Webster
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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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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Picnic in South Bend City Cemetery
July 28 -
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
South Bend City Cemetery
Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
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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Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
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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Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
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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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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A REPORT OF THE MOST RECENT IBC MEETING
June 2015 | Ariana Smith
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its most recent meeting on Friday, June 19, 2015 in the Indiana State Library Author’s…

BUTLER STUDENT BOOK PROJECT
June 2015 | Ariana Smith
The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure is an illustrated chapter book that highlights the impact 14 Hoosiers…

TWO HUNDRED YEARS: MAPPING INDIANA’S BICENTENNIAL
Play a part in the creation of our Giant County Maps & County Timelines Interactive Project
June 2015 | Kathy Lamb Kozenski
The Mapping…

In northern Indiana, Ken Kosky is doing a great job as our Porter County Coordinator for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial! We were able to catch up with Ken and ask him a few questions about his…

Valeri Beamer is a native Hoosier, born in Delaware County. Beamer joined the Indiana Bicentennial Commission in March as the Communications Coordinator.

Beamer previously worked in the Long Term…

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.
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.
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.
Indiana Bicentennial 2016.
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