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? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.
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? 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? In 1887, Indiana scorched under a heat wave. 40 teams of horses delivered 125 tons of ice each day.
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.

Indiana Bicentennial Commission Endorses First Round of Legacy Projects

1816-2016

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.

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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Hope's Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration
July 3 -
5:00 p.m. - dark--after fireworks
Hope Town Square
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Bloomfield FireWorks
July 4 -
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Bloomfield School District Baseball Field
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Starke County Historical Soc. Ice Cream Social
July 5 -
1 pm central - 3 pm central
New Museum Building
Freedom Fest
July 3 - July 5
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hesters Farm
Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Marengo 4th of July Festival
July 4 - July 6
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Town of Marengo
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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IN Bicentennial Summer Institute
July 12 - July 16
Noon local - 1:00 p.m. local
IU Southeast
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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ReidRide
July 18 -
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
Schwartz Outdoor Music
July 18 -
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Schwartz Family Restaurant
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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7th Annual Dixie Day Festival
July 25 -
10am - 4pm
Downtown North Webster
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Picnic in South Bend City Cemetery
July 28 -
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
South Bend City Cemetery
Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Swiss Days 2016
July 28 - July 30
9:00am - 9:00pm
Main St.
Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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Otterbein ALL-IN Street Festival
June 24 - August 1
n/a - n/a
Street Festival
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Amish Country of Northern Indiana
May 30 - October 1
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
7 welcoming communities of Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol, Goshen, Elkhart, Middlebury and Shipshewana
Lawrence County Quilt Trail Project
June 1 - December 30
n/a - n/a
Lawrence County
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OTD: On July 31, 1804, the first issue of the state's first newspaper, The Indiana Gazette, was published in Vincennes, IN. #IndianaHistory
12:20 pm July 31, 2015
Indiana Bicentennial Commission Endorses First Round of Legacy Projects for Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial

March 4, 2014 Indianapolis, IN –The Indiana Bicentennial Commission today announced the first round of officially endorsed legacy projects.

“We were impressed by the first round of applications we received, but weren’t surprised to see such great things happening in our communities across the state,” said Ellen Rosenthal, President and CEO of Conner Prairie and chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Endorsement Committee.

Legacy Projects are generated by community members and endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission on a quarterly basis. These projects strive to leave a lasting legacy in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016.  Legacy projects are deemed open and accessible to the public, fundable (without Commission support) and achievable as an impactful contribution to Indiana’s legacy.

Projects and partners include the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a new trail honoring President Abraham Lincoln in Spencer County and an Indiana poetry book engaging all 92 counties, just to name a few.

Projects must meet at least one of the following goals or characteristics: culturally inclusive; creates a legacy for the future; celebratory; and/or engages and inspires youth and young adults.

A full list of endorsed Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Projects can be found at: www.indiana2016.org.  A downloadable application can also be found on the website.

Recently launched, www.indiana2016.org is the official Indiana Bicentennial website.  On the website, meet commission members, follow the progress of key Bicentennial focuses, learn about state-wide events and help “Celebrate history, Ignite the future.”

INDIANA BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

Contact: Chris Jensen
ctjensen@indiana2016.in.gov
317-232-3717

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About the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission (IBC)

In December 2011, former Governor Mitch Daniels appointed a fifteen member commission, chaired by former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and former Congressman Lee Hamilton, to oversee the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. 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. The commission will encourage each community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.  First Lady Karen Pence serves as the official Bicentennial Ambassador.

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