Did you Know? Tomato juice was first served at a French Lick, Indiana, hotel in 1925 and the first tomato juice factory was also in French Lick, Indiana.
Did you Know? Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914.
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? 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.
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? 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.

History & Celebration

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
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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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
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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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
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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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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12:41 pm October 22, 2014

A 2016 Signature Event: A 92-County Torch Relay

WoodsTorchBearerJoin the Festivities: Celebrate “One” Indiana

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to promote and unify the state by connecting people, communities and regions. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch,” connecting past and current generations to future ones to IGNITE our future.

Carrying the Torch: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Peer-nominated Torch bearers will transport the torch in ways that reflect our Hoosier heritage and the unique members of our communities — via horseback,wheelchair, canoe, combine, running or walking…

Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, cover 2300+ miles over a six-week period, averaging 60 miles per day.

Celebration Stops Along the Route

Festivities will vary from town to town, as communities will be permitted to customize their celebration. A special Mobile Visitor Center will be created to escort the torch on its journey and promote Indiana.

The relay will culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse campus where an Everlasting Light will be lit as a legacy to Indiana’s last 200 years and inspiration for generations of Hoosiers in the next 200 years.

Join the festivities and celebrate “One” Indiana with your fellow Hoosiers. The success of this initiative will depend on broad-based participation and cooperation from cities and towns across the state.

NOTE: Bicentennial Torch Relay route is a work in progress.

 

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, present and future.


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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