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? 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? Along the Indiana shore of Lake Michigan, many unusual plants, including prickly pear cactus, lichen mosses, bearberry and more than 20 varieties of orchids grow in the Indiana Dunes area.
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? The first successful goldfish farm in the United States was opened in Martinsville in 1899.
Did you Know? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.

Youth & Education

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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On Sept. 15, 1974, the first public Market Square Arena event was held in Indy. Singer Glen Campbell entertained the opening night audience.
12:24 pm September 15, 2014

Our Youth: Igniting Indiana's Future

Over 1 million K-12 youth and 330,000+ higher education students can be involved bicentennial participants as they connect across the state.

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Stacy Simmer, Photographer

Courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society, Stacy Simmer, Photographer

Our 200th birthday is a great opportunity to engage our youth and young adults to help showcase the best of Indiana today and to explore the potential that ignites our future.

Goals:

  • Enhance existing history curriculum.
  • Engage young adults in vital community projects.
  • Provide college internships to plan and implement the bicentennial.

 

 

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.
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.
Indiana Bicentennial 2016.
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