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? "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? The first successful goldfish farm in the United States was opened in Martinsville in 1899.
Did you Know? The birthplace of the automobile, the pneumatic rubber tire, the aluminum casting process, stainless steel and the first push-button car radio was in Kokomo, Indiana.
Did you Know? Garfield the Cat creator Jim Davis was born in Albany, Indiana.

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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"The Blue and Gray Ball"
November 8 -
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lafayette Country Club
"The Blue and Gray Ball"
November 8 -
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lafayette Country Club
The Blue and Gray Ball
November 8 -
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lafayette Country Club
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Indiana Bicentennial Commission Board Meeting
November 14 -
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Vincennes University - Student Union Building
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Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch & Discussion
November 19 -
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Historic Madision - Grogan Hall, St. Michaels the Archangel
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Christmas of Yesteryear
November 21 -
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Hope Town Square
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FREE African Studies Association K-12 Teacher Workshop
November 22 -
8:30 am - 12:45 pm
JW Marriott Hotel - Grand Ballroom 10
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Nov.19 1752 George Rogers Clark is born in VA. He becomes the "Conqueror of the Old NW," taking Vincennes from the British. @VisitKnoxCounty
12:25 pm November 19, 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.

 

 

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.
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’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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