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? 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? 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? Garfield the Cat creator Jim Davis was born in Albany, Indiana.
Did you Know? Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914.
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.

Year of River sets example for state -- Success of 2013 effort gets push for bicentennial

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
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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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July 30, 2014, The Tribune-Star — TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute pays more attention to the Wabash River these days.

The 2013 Year of the River observance focused attention on the river’s history, potential and problems, as have other initiatives such as the Riverscape plans. The more people see and experience the Wabash, the better they care for it and appreciate it. Jerry Hay, the “riverlorian” who wrote the “Wabash River Guide Book,” knows the waterway as well as anyone, verifies that reality.

“Absolutely, I’ve preached that for years,” Hay said this week. “Public awareness is the key to all of it, to get people involved in cleanups and safety and public events.”

A Wabash River advocacy group hopes to mirror the success of Terre Haute’s Year of the River project on a statewide basis. That could result in all of Indiana paying greater attention to its official state river. The Banks of the Wabash Inc. is organizing a “200 Years Along the Wabash” celebration as part of the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial. They envision river walks, boat tours, historical re-enactments, festivals and arts activities in Wabash communities from Bluffton to New Harmony sharing a connection — that murky, famous stream. The same impressive concept unfolded on a smaller scale last year in Terre Haute.

“We really liked the idea, and that’s why we’ve got this idea to expand it up and down the river [in 2016],” said Rae Schnapp of Banks of the Wabash Inc.

One of the primary Year of the River organizers, Wabash Valley Art Spaces executive director Mary Kramer, offered advice and insights, Schnapp said. The Terre Haute effort serves as a model for 2016.

“Year of the River in Terre Haute was a very grassroots project that kind of evolved, and people got excited about it and put resources into it,” Schnapp said. “And we’re hopeful it happens on a statewide basis.”

The Wabash already served as the site of numerous local events, long before Year of the River. As all the various organizations behind those yearly events — from art guilds to outdoors groups, environmental activists to businesses — began meeting in one place to plan the communitywide celebration, they started talking with each other. Some realized they shared similar missions. That network grew. Many events drew larger crowds than ever in 2013, and some new events emerged. The momentum continues, pushing forward other improvements to the river’s cleanliness and accessibility.

Likewise, “200 Years Along the Wabash” could strengthen the network of towns along its 474-mile path.

“Almost all of them would have a heritage of river trade routes through their histories,” said Schnapp, who wears the title of Wabash Riverkeeper.

The Indiana 2016 Bicentennial provides an opportunity to celebrate those histories. The Bicentennial Commission recognized Banks of the Wabash Inc.’s “200 Years Along the Wabash” as a legacy program earlier this year. The commission can bolster events aligned with the 200 Years project through statewide promotion on its calendar, said Deborah Wezensky, communications director for the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

“It will engage Hoosiers of different interests,” Wezensky said.

The “200 Years Along the Wabash” also has gotten support from the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission, an alignment of the 19 Indiana counties bisected by the Wabash aimed at enhancing its environment and recreational qualities.

Other individuals and groups can join the 200 Years project by emailing Schnapp at wabashkeeper@gmail.com, and details about Banks of the Wabash Inc. are available on its website, banksofthewabash.net. Millions of Hoosiers should be involved, given that the Wabash Valley covers two-thirds of Indiana.The Wabash will benefit from the 2016 spotlight.

“It’s a resource for these river communities,” Schnapp said, “whether they realize it or not.”

The statewide celebration will help more people realize it, just as Terre Haute’s did.

Mark Bennett can be reached at 812-231-4377 or mark.bennett@tribstar.com.

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