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? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.
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? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.
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? Indiana has earned the nickname "Mother of Vice Presidents". There have been five men from Indiana who have been elected vice president: Schuyler Colfax, Thomas A. Hendricks, Charles W. Fairbanks, Thomas Marshall and Dan Quayle.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Vevay's Community-wide yard sale
September 13 -
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Vevay-Switzerland County
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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Celebrating "The Queen of American Agriculture" Virginia Claypool Meredith Day
September 14 -
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
US 40 in Wayne County
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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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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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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Hoosiers book release reception
September 17 -
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Lilly Library, Lincoln Room
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
September 18 - September 20
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
At the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
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
September 18 - September 20
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
At the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
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
September 18 - September 20
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday 4:00 pm Saturday
At the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
Trail of Courage Living History Festival
September 20 - September 21
10:00 am - Sat., 6:00 pm Sun., 4:00 pm
Fulton County Historical Society grounds
Old Settlers Days
September 20 - September 21
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Salem, Indiana
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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25th Anniversary of the Move of Simmons School
September 21 -
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Behind Hope Elementary School in Hope
Trail of Courage Living History Festival
September 20 - September 21
10:00 am - Sat., 6:00 pm Sun., 4:00 pm
Fulton County Historical Society grounds
Old Settlers Days
September 20 - September 21
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Salem, Indiana
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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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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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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Hoosiers book release reception
September 24 -
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Indiana Historical Society
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
September 25 - September 26
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
At the train depot
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
September 25 - September 26
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
At the train depot
Hope Heritage Days
September 26 - September 28
6:00 p.m. Sept. 26 - 5:00 p.m.Sept. 28
Hope Town Square
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
September 27 -
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cedar Lake Hometown Festival
September 27 -
11am - 5pm
Cedar Lake Town Grounds
Cedar Lake Hometown Festival
September 27 -
11am - 5pm
Cedar Lake Town Grounds
Salem Bicentennial Parade
September 27 -
2:00P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Salem
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
September 27 - September 28
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Historic Neighborhood, Downtown Madison, Indiana
Archaeology Dig at Baum’s Landing, Delphi, Carroll County
September 27 - September 28
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Baum’s Landing, Carroll County
Hope Heritage Days
September 26 - September 28
6:00 p.m. Sept. 26 - 5:00 p.m.Sept. 28
Hope Town Square
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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Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art
September 27 - September 28
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Historic Neighborhood, Downtown Madison, Indiana
Archaeology Dig at Baum’s Landing, Delphi, Carroll County
September 27 - September 28
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Baum’s Landing, Carroll County
Hope Heritage Days
September 26 - September 28
6:00 p.m. Sept. 26 - 5:00 p.m.Sept. 28
Hope Town Square
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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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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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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Get on board! IN Bicentennial Train is in @columbusin today 9 am- 6 pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. http://t.co/pJoEKtMTXM http://t.co/tdpcJ8gf70
1:17 pm September 19, 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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