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.
Indiana’s past and present are worth celebrating. Where we live and work, in communities all around Indiana, Hoosiers are encouraged to highlight the best of Indiana for our 2016 Bicentennial celebration.
There are abundant opportunities for local and regional Bicentennial celebrations, projects and programs to reflect upon 200 years of progress with genuine Hoosier pride and ingenuity.
To promote and support these community projects and programs, the Commission is accepting Applications for Endorsement [State Form 55624 (R/9-14)] — upon approval those projects will become official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Projects.
Bicentennial Nature Trust (BNT) is a program to acquire land for conservation and recreation to leave as a perpetual gift to all Hoosiers as part of the Bicentennial Celebration in 2016
This statewide effort honors a tradition of conservation established 100 years ago with the creation of the Indiana State Park system. The state identified $20 million to fund the BNT, to which the Lilly Endowment generously added a $10 million grant.
92-County Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is a momentous event designed to honor and celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial, engage Hoosiers at home and worldwide, deepen Indiana pride, and create a legacy for future generations.
Statewide, Hoosier communities will be able to connect as “One Indiana” with the passing of the torch – a symbol of hope to ignite our future - 200 years of even greater prosperity and progress!
Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State is the official bicentennial book that will celebrate our milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The book will reflect on Hoosiers’ lives today and how our 200-year history informs our present and shapes the future. The limited edition 240-page coffee table book will include an introduction and 14 chapters, each opening with a short essay by a noted Hoosier author followed by photographs; quotes and anecdotes from Hoosiers of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. Sidebars that highlight unique and surprising facts about Indiana and its 92 counties will also be incorporated.