Did you Know? Indiana became the 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816, when President James Madison signed the congressional resolution admitting Indiana to the Union.
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? 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? A 10-ton block of limestone was laid as the cornerstone of the new Indiana State House on September 28, 1880. Speeches were given by Governor James “Bluejeans” Williams and former Governor Thomas Hendricks.
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? Sung annually during the opening ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 race over Memorial Day weekend, "Back Home Again In Indiana" is perhaps the best-known song about Indiana.

APPROVED Indiana Bicentennial Commission Legacy Projects - Q4, 2013

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
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa
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Quilt Garden along the Heritage Trail
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sept. 21, 1928 My Weekly Reader was published for the first time. Harrison Sayre created the current newspaper for grade school students.
11:57 am September 22, 2014

 

INDIANA BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION LEGACY PROJECTS

 Group Three Quarter 2, 2014

NATURE CONSERVATION
No Applications for Q2, 2014 – See Bicentennial Nature Trust projects

YOUTH AND EDUCATION
APPROVED: July 11, 2014 

Chinese in Indiana
Project Number: IBC-YE-31  County: Marion
Organization: Confucius Institute in Indianapolis, IUPUI
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Zao C Xu, MD, PhD, 317-274-0547, zcxu@iupui.edu
Website: Confucius.iupui.edu, www.iupui.edu/~china/

Description:

In recent years, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis has held many events to promote Chinese culture and mutual understanding between China and U.S.. In communities across the state, people are excited to learn about the Chinese culture heritage as well as the history of Chinese community in Indiana.

Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration is a great opportunity to showcase the best of living in Indiana to the people of U.S. and China.  Numerous Chinese come to Indiana for study and many Chinese also come to Indiana for work and raise their families.  Indiana becomes their second hometown.  Over the past decades, many successful Chinese in Indiana are being recognized for their great achievements. We would like to write a book about the Chinese who study/work in Indiana and their contributions to the society.  The book will have two versions, one in Chinese and one in English.

This book aims to honor the Chinese contributions in Indiana’s 200 years of history.  Hence, this book will be a vital literature as a piece of valuable cultural assets to the current and future generations globally. We hope the life-thrilled stories can inspire and encourage the youngsters in China and United States.

Cradle of Hoosier Heritage
Project Number: IBC-YE-33  County: Jefferson
Organization: Lanier Mansion Foundation
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Gerry Reilly, 812-273-0556, greilly@indianamuseum.org

Description:

Wayne Sanford is the author of the new book Cradle of Hoosier Heritage: Anecdotes of Madison People, Places & Events, From Territorial Times Through the American Civil War.  An author and historian from Indianapolis, Sanford has conducted extensive research on Madison’s history for over ten years.

The book covers the glory years of Madison’s history when the city was one of the most important in Indiana. It includes some noted Madison citizens such as William Hendricks, Sr., Indiana’s third governor who helped write the state’s first constitution; Jeremiah Sullivan, an early Indiana Supreme Court Justice and the man who coined the name “Indianapolis” for Indiana’s new capital city; and James F.D. Lanier, the financier who helped save the state’s finances three times.

Other topics include Madison’s steamboat building and pork packing industries, Indiana’s only Jenny Lind concert, anti-slavery efforts in Jefferson County, the county’s numerous Civil War officers, the nation’s second largest Civil War military hospital (located just west of Madison) and Madison’s major cemeteries.

Copies of the book are being sold exclusively at the Lanier Mansion Gift Shop located in the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center, 601 West First Street, Madison, IN 47250.

Indiana African American Heritage Trail Project
Project Number: IBC-YE-35  County: Harrison
Organization: Leora Brown School (1891 Corydon Colored School)
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Maxine F. Brown, 812-738-3376, mxnbrown@aol.com

Description:

The Indiana African American Heritage Trail Project was established as a heritage tourism/business development project ten (10) years ago to preserve and honor the history of African Americans, many of whom settled in the State prior to Statehood.

The trail project will enable tourists and residents to know a more complete history of each African American community in the State.  Recently, the Brown School’s founder entered into a collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society that will serve as an important underpinning for the trail project.  The Indiana Historical Society is overseeing a State-wide data collection effort that will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive data base of Indiana’s early African American settlers.

Another feature of the trail project has been an annual conference that has been organized to educate the public about the early history of African Americans.  The conference, titled, “A Progressive Journey through Indiana History,” is scheduled to be held in October 8-10, 2014, which will be the fourth annual gathering of its kind.  The highlight of the conference is a full day at Cedar Farm, an antebellum plantation-like property located on the Ohio River in Harrison County.  The property is owned by the Cook family of Bloomington and provides an ideal setting for the discussion of Indiana’s early African American history.  The conference is open to the public.

Book: The Indiana Years & Between Friends – plays about Abraham Lincoln
Project Number: IBC-YE-36  County: Spencer
Organization: Saint Meinrad Archabbey
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Mary Jeanne Schumacher, 812-357-6808, mschumacher@saintmeinrad.edu
Website: www.saintmeinrad.org

Description:

A 72-page soft-cover book that features two plays about the life of Abraham Lincoln written by Fr. Gavin Barnes, a Benedictine monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  The first play, “The Indiana Years”,  is about young Abe’s life (ages 7-21) growing up in Indiana – working with his father, grieving deaths of his stepmother and sister, and encountering the harsh reality of slavery for the first time. This play was performed as part of the 1959 sesquicentennial celebration held at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer County, Indiana.

The second play, “Between Friends”,  describes the friendship that develops, through a series of letters, between President Lincoln and Generals Ulysses Grant and William Sherman during the Civil War.  “Between Friends” was a feature of the 2012 season at Lincoln Amphitheatre, also located in Spencer County.

Decatur County 1916 Pageant
Project Number: IBC-YE-37  County: Decatur
Organization: Greensburg Community High School
Type: Educational
Contact: John Pratt, 812-663-7176, jopratt@greensburg.k12.in.us

Description:

In October 1916, Decatur County was planning to celebrate Indiana’s Centennial with a variety of events including a parade and an extensive pageant that depicted 100 years of Decatur County history. The pageant produced a sixty page booklet with a cover design by a St. Paul, Indiana artist. It was planned for outdoors due space required. Unfortunately, following the Centennial parade, it began to rain and continued for several days. Following that it got cold and the pageant was never performed.

For Indiana’s bicentennial, we plan to bring the pageant to life with the help of history students from Greensburg Junior High School and Greensburg High School. Performance will be at the Chautauqua in the fall semester, 2016. Students from the High School TV will film the production and will make it available to the public. Tickets will be sold to the community and any proceeds will be put into a History fund in the developing Greensburg Community Schools Foundation.

State of Indiana History Timeline with Emphasis on Warren County
Project Number: IBC-YE-39  County: Warren
Organization: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Chris Brown, Director, 765-762-6555, cbrown@wwwtpl.in.us

Description:

The Williamsport-Washington Township library will create a historical timeline of the history of Indiana with emphasis given to Warren County. The timeline will be interactive with questions, answers and images that will span the library and showcase the library’s Indiana collection.

People of all ages will learn about our state’s people and how we came together to forge our state, while showcasing the importance of Warren County and it role in our state’s history.

Living History Day
Project Number: IBC-YE-40  County: Warren
Organization: Illiana Antique Power Association
Type: Educational
Contact: Joan Fry, 765-869-5406, thejofryfarm@gmail.com

Description:

Living History Day is a free field day designed for fourth grade Indiana history students. The previous twelve years of Living history days have focused on the early 1900s to the 1940s. We plan to move back to the 1800s for the bicentennial year to celebrate Indiana’s statehood.

The members and friends of Illiana Antique Power Association will present approximately 24 “hands-on” stations to help students “live history” for one special day under the shade trees. The celebration will reach fourth graders in the Benton, Warren and Fountain counties. Schools are small and the area is isolated by distance from a metropolitan area such as Indianapolis and the day provides resources that can enrich the study of Indiana becoming a state.

‘H is for Hoosier’
Project Number: IBC-YE-41  County: Warren
Organization: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Addalee Jernagan, 765-762-6555, ajernagan@wwtpl.lib.in.us

Description:

A preschool story time to focus on the culture of Indiana. We will be reading H is for Hoosier: An Indiana Alphabet, by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds. Children will make a craft inspired by different facts and Hoosiers from the story. This special story time will be held December 11, 2015. A variety of Indiana books will be featured throughout 2016. Each story time will have a different craft to emphasize Indiana’s history.

200 Years of Indiana: A Celebration of Our History
Project Number: IBC-YE-42  County: St. Joseph
Organization: Center for History
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Brandon J. Anderson, Deputy Executive Director, 574-235-9664, banderson@centerforhistory.org
Website: www.centerforhistory.org

Description:

In honor of the bicentennial of Indiana, the Center for History is creating an exhibit titled 200 Years of Indiana: A Celebration of Our History, which will be open to the public February 2016 through September 2016.  This exhibit will fill the museum’s 5,000 square foot temporary exhibit gallery using artifacts, images, stories, and video to tell the story of our state’s past 200 years.

As the repository and steward of our community’s rich local history, and by actively collecting and exhibiting the history of our state, the museum will be a place for the public to learn more about Indiana, and discover the vast and interesting history it holds. The Center For History seeks to be part of an active community and make a difference in the life of the citizens of our state.

To complement the exhibit, the museum will offer a full range of public programs throughout the year that relate to the bicentennial of Indiana. The Center will actively seek speakers, historians, community organizations, and other non-profits to collaborate on effective and engaging programs that reach a broad audience and offer different and exciting ways to teach history.  Various topics will be explored both in the exhibit and in public programming opportunities so that a wealth of history and information can be shared.

During the time of this large exhibit, the Center for History will also have displays on Unseen Treasures of the Oliver Mansion, Indiana University South Bend’s Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts 25th Anniversary, The Architecture of Notre Dame, and Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.    All of these displays and exhibit will complement the great history and legacy of the state of Indiana.

Madison’s STEAMpower
Project Number: IBC-YE-44  County: Jefferson
Organization: Cornerstone Society, Indiana Landmarks affiliate
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Jan Vetrhus, 812-599-3447, janvetrhus@gmail.com

Description:
Madison STEAMpower is a collaborative effort of several non-profit groups with the Madison Consolidated Schools to bring local history and resources to educators in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Teachers from grades K-12 will participate in a professional development half-day that involves a trolley ride to local museums and historic sites to experience ways Madison’s past can prepare students for the future.

As the largest, and most influential city in the state of Indiana until 1850, Madison attracted and launched successful people in many different fields. During Madison’s Bicentennial in 2009, we identified and researched dozens of those people and the impact they made on the nation.  To celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial, we want to share those stories more broadly, invigorating teachers and inspiring young people in the classroom.

Our organizations have sponsored a day-long event every year for 4th graders to visit local sites and learn local history.  Madison STEAMpower is a new approach to tie the historic resources in our community to the excitement of our young people in their future. This small town was an influential city when Indiana was a young state.  We can help teachers unlock the potential of their students. Young people would learn that this small place, their hometown, had welcomed and nurtured extraordinary people.

Carroll County Newspaper Archive
Project Number: IBC-YE-46  County: Carroll
Organization: Delphi Public Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Kelly Currie, 765-564-2929, kelly@delphilibrary.org

Description:

Carroll County Newspaper Archive is a free online database that includes searchable page images of all the newspapers published in Carroll County from the 1830s to the present.  More than 200,000 pages from papers from three municipalities are being digitized from more than 300 reels of microfilm.

Newspapers are an invaluable resource for local history and genealogy research since most of the information they contain is not available elsewhere in books or other sources.  Several historical research and writing projects are already underway by individuals using this archive; these projects will result in publications and programs that will be a part of the Bicentennial celebration.  A number of individuals are also posting interesting things they are finding in the newspapers on local Facebook pages, including “Camden Indiana Memories” and “You know you’re from Delphi Indiana when…”  These postings engage everyday people in historical and heritage reading and story-telling that they would not otherwise do.

Our project will add material not previously available in original paper or microfilm.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
APPROVED: July 11, 2014

Antique Farm Machinery Display
Project Number: IBC-CI-14  County: Jackson
Organization:  Jackson County Antique Machinery Association
Type: Non-profit/Educational
Contact: Charles Badger, 812-294-4074, woodsmarch@hughes.net
Website: www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyAntiqueFarmMachineryAssociation

Description:
Our project will benefit the Indiana Bicentennial by showcasing the ingenuity and hard work of Indiana farmers as they worked to provide food and essential goods. A community celebration held at the Jackson County fairgrounds, Brownstown, Indiana. It is sponsored by area merchants and farmers, and managed by the Jackson County Antique Machinery Association. In the beginning all work was performed by hand.  There will be live demonstrations of old machinery – demonstrations spark a lot of questions about the workings of the machines which the operators really enjoy answering. Also vintage equipment displays; games; flea market; live music; vintage car show. A good chance to reminisce; and to learn new information, concerning the past.

Community Arts Projects
Project Number: IBC-CI-15  County: Marion
Organization:  Indiana Arts Commission
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Lewis Ricci, 317-232-1288, lricci@iac.in.gov
Website: www.iac.in.gov

Description:
IAC project grants will be additionally branded as bicentennial projects during three fiscal years – FY 2015, 2016, 2017. Project grantees will be given the option in these years as being identified as an official part of the bicentennial and will provide the IAC and Bicentennial Commission with how/why their project celebrates Indiana, their community and the bicentennial.

Bringing Back the Arts to Our State Parks
Project Number: IBC-CI-16  County: Marion
Organization:  Indiana Arts Commission  Website: www.iac.in.gov
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Lewis Ricci, 317-232-1288, lricci@iac.in.gov

Description:
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will launch a major arts program as a bicentennial gift to our citizens which also celebrates the centennial of Indiana State Parks and the 50th anniversary of the iAC. Beginning in 2016, the IAC will offer annual grants to organization arts providers and artisits statewide to bring arts programs and services to our 32 state parks and four state forests.

“Indiana Masterpiece” Bicentennial grants
Project Number: IBC-CI-17  County: Marion
Organization:  Indiana Arts Commission
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Lewis Ricci, 317-232-1288, lricci@iac.in.gov
Website: www.iac.in.gov

Description:
The IAC will offer “Indiana Masterpiece” grants to arts organizations statewide during the 2016 bicentennial year for special productions, commissions, exhibitions, performances, and artistic celebrations that showcase the state’s arts history and arts history makers. The program would serve as an impetus for new, noteworthy art to be created during the bicentennial year, some of which would have continued significance and impact past the bicentennial year.

Linton Freedom Festival and Independence Day Parade
Project Number: IBC-CI-19  County: Greene
Organization: Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Cheryl Hamilton, 812-847-4846, chamilton@lintonchamber.com
Website: lintonchamber.org - www.lintonfreedomfestival.org

Description:
The Linton Freedom Festival Parade celebrates American independence and Hoosier Hospitality.  This parade not only brings a small community together, but also brings home many people who grew up in this community.  As these former Hoosiers return home, they bring with them their family and friends who have the opportunity to experience Hoosier Hospitality at its finest.  The City of Linton opens its arms and welcomes all to join in on this wonderful celebration.

In 2016, the parade theme will be “Hoosier Heroes”.  We will encourage all who are involved with this parade to center their creative minds toward that theme.  The Taskforce will showcase the importance of Indiana heroes who in the past 200 years have had influence on the development of the State of Indiana.  The task force will also focus on the “heroes” we have today who are continuing to build on the foundation that our forefathers began.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival
Project Number: IBC-CI-20  County: DeKalb
Organization: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Sarah Payne or Saige Prosser, 260-925-3600, information@acdfestival.org
Website: http://acdfestival.org

Description:
The Indiana Bicentennial Legacy focuses on celebrating Indiana heritage in the past and present, and that is exactly what the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival celebrates. The festival praises Auburn and Indiana heritage by celebrating the town’s history with a modern and present day annual festival. The ACD Festival will benefit the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial by celebrating Indiana history and heritage.

The ACD festival praises the rich history of the classic car industry in Indiana. When Indiana will be celebrating their 200th birthday the ACD festival will be celebrating their 60th birthday, the festival began in 1956 will the idea of preserving the history of the Auburn car. The Auburn Company was started by the Eckhart brothers and was headquartered in Auburn, Indiana, later the company was sold to E.L Cord, who partnered with Duesenberg Corporation, giving the festival and local museum their names. During the week of the festival all nine of our local history museums are open for visitors.  The preservation of the town of Auburn’s heritage shows the strong Hoosier pride and integrity the festival has for Indiana history.

“Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!” manuscript collection and exhibit
Project Number: IBC-CI-21  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Connie Bruder, 317-232-3734, cbruder@library.in.gov
Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
Fourth grade students will be asked to create cards for Indiana’s 200th birthday in conjunction with Statehood Day. Each card will promote creativity, sparking an interest in our state’s rich history. Students can decorate their card while briefly explaining:

“Why do you love Indiana?”

“What does being a Hoosier mean to you?”

In August 2015, the library will provide cards and necessary supplies for each participating school. The cards will be returned to the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division before December 11, 2015 for inclusion to the manuscript collection. This collection will be preserved for many generations with other notable collections, including William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Helen Keller correspondence as well as the Treaty of St. Mary’s. Cards will be on display in the Indiana State Library Exhibition Hall during the Bicentennial summer of 2016.

Bicentennial Barns of Indiana
Project Number: IBC-CI-22  County: Clark
Organization: N/A
Type: Other
Contact: Betsy Jones, 812-246-9327, betsyjones@yahoo.com

Description:
Nothing is more inherent to Indiana’s history than its agricultural roots. This program celebrates Indiana agriculture and the iconic barn through art and education. The program is a contest, artistic in nature, with entries in the form of photographs. It will be free, open to all Indiana citizens, with a goal of participation from all 92 counties. Any individual can enter a barn, thus engaging pride and participation from all 92 counties. Any individual can enter a barn, thus engaging pride and participation from multiple communities statewide.

Through online submission of photographs, the public will be able to visit a website and see entries from their county or community, creating a celebratory and competitive buzz over the next two years. An exhibit that travels to locations throughout the state provides another celebratory component.

Indiana Public Broadcasting Association Media Partnership
Project Number: IBC-CI-23  County: Allen
Organization: Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS)
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Roger Rhodes, 317-430-9225, rrhodes@ipbs.org
Website: www.ipbs.org

Description:
A documentary series produced in cooperation with historian James Madison and the Indiana Historical Society, followed by an hour-long town hall meeting. Digital learn modules will also be made available for classroom use.

Six, 30-second messaging spots featuring Indiana’s current and former First Ladies will be broadcast statewide to generate awareness about bicentennial activities.

Live, statewide coverage of the Official Bicentennial Celebration currently being contemplated by the Bicentennial Commission for December 2016.

Floral Indiana Flag
Project Number: IBC-CI-24  County: Warren
Organization: Warren County Master Gardeners
Type: Non-profit/Educational
Contact: Wini Clark and Chris Brown, 765-363-1211

Description:
During the summer of 2016, the Warren County Master Gardeners will create a floral Indiana state flag in blue and gold annuals on the lawn of the Williamsport Library and Learning Center: Blue Wave petunias as the background, marigolds as the stars and torch, and a border of marigolds to form the gold fringe around the edges of the flag. The Master Gardeners would encourage towns and villages of Warren County to plant street planters in the same color schemes. The bicentennial celebration would be enhanced by this colorful display all over Warren County.

Dulcimer Concert of Early 1800s Music
Project Number: IBC-CI-25  County: Warren
Organization: Wabash River Strings
Type: Educational
Contact: Kathy Hofmeister, 765-585-4678

Description:

The dulcimer concert will give a different dimension to history through traditional music and historic instruments.  Wabash River Strings is a self-funded group of musicians who wish to promote dulcimer music. They play in the amphitheater of the Williamsport Library. The concerts are free and take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month during the summer.

The bicentennial concerts will focus on music of the period and themes relating to the Wabash River.

Illiana Antique Power Association’s Power Exhibition
Project Number: IBC-CI-26  County: Warren
Organization: Illiana Antique Power Association
Type: Non-profit/Educational
Contact: Tom Swanson, President/Joan Fry, Director, 765-869-5406, thejoefryfarm@gmail.com

Description:

Folks from everywhere come to celebrate things from the past at the Illiana Antique Power Show which is held each third weekend in July. The historic village is alive and bustling with activities, tractors and machinery, vendor, pie pavilion – this one of the largest events in our area and the bicentennial message will reach a large audience. 1816 was just in the beginning of the mechanization of agriculture – things were changed.

The pride and patriotism of Indiana’s statehood will be expanded. The Power Show demonstrates what it means to be “proud to be a Hoosier.”

Christmas in the Village
Project Number: IBC-CI-27  County: Warren
Organization: Illiana Antique Power Association
Type: Non-profit/Other
Contact: Joan Fry, 765-869-5406, thejoefryfarm@gmail.com

Description:
Christmas in the Village is a yearly celebration of Christmas from past times.  The Illiana Antique Power Association decorates the grounds, opens the village, and warms the community with Christmas cheer.  Local high school choirs provide roving carolers, the people mover carries handicapped folks through the grounds, hot chocolate from the milk house, chili and cookies served free,  as well as a big dose of Christmas Spirit from club members warm the bodies and souls of the visitors.

Statehood made an impact on Christmas the year of 1816.  Folks were still celebrating joining the union.  Our carolers will be singing carols from that time period.  Even though our motorized tractor powered people mover will still be moving handicapped folks through the village, the candles in the windows and the costumes of the club members will reflect 1816.  The cookies will be from old family recipes handed down from generations past.  The blacksmiths will be using the same skills needed at the time of statehood.

Warren County’s Natural Heritage
Project Number: IBC-CI-28  County: Warren
Organization: Warren County Historical Society
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Terri Wargo, 765-893-4605, wargoterri@gmail.com

Description:
Students and the public are invited to photograph various natural formations and fauna throughout Warren County. The photos will be displayed permanently at the county courthouse. The Historical Society will provide captions relating historical information and location. Copies of the photos will be placed in the county’s libraries, museum and website for future reference purposes and programs. The photos and information will also be available to anyone upon request.

The goal of this project is to highlight the diversity of Indiana’s landscape by showing natural features that are unique to Warren County. Local organizations that are involved include: MSD of Warren County, 4-H, NICHES, Williamsport and West Lebanon public libraries, Warren County commissioners and the Warren County Historical Society.

2016 Elkhart County 4-H Fair
Project Number: IBC-CI-29  County: Elkhart
Organization: Elkhart County 4-H Fair
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Dr. Bob Zell, 574-862-4254, zellfam@gmail.com

Description:
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is an annual summer event celebrating the community’s accomplishments as well as sharing educational and informational exhibits. In the year 2016, the Fair plans to showcase the 200th anniversary of statehood for Indiana with a variety of bicentennial-themed activities and displays throughout the fairgrounds.

The fair will showcase the best of what 200 years of statehood as represented by celebrating the accomplishments of our people, particularly our 4-H youth, while making know to all attending the fair that Indiana is celebrating a special occasion.

Activities include a giant scrapbook wall where the community would send in photos of themselves at the fair over the years, an actual birthday party, a bicentennial cookbook, bicentennial trivia contest, quilting bee and a plan to paint a bicentennial logo on the end of one of the barns.

Griffin Bike Park
Project Number: IBC-CI-30  County: Vigo
Organization: Vigo Parks and Recreation Department
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Kara Kish, 812-462-3392, Kara.Kish@VigoCounty.in.gov

Description:
The vision for the Griffin Bike Park project is “To create a national caliber destination riding area, that is free and open to the public, designed to provide a full spectrum riding experience for riders of all ages, skills and abilities, and to host world class races, competitions and special events programming that will provide a significant economic impact for the community and sustainable revenue for the maintenance and operation of the facility.”

Construction is set to begin March 2015. The planned completion date and grand opening festival celebration for the park will include races, competitions, skills clinics, professional rider demonstrations, kids rides, live music and more, and is set to coincide with the Indiana Bicentennial Celebrations in 2016.

The Griffin Bike Park was created in celebration of the core values of family, friendship, community and freedom and to the memories of those service men and women who gave their lives to protect them. The park is named after Sgt. Dale R. Griffin who grew up in the community of Terre Haute and whose friends, family and community are now united and working to establish this park in his honor.

The legacy of the Griffin Bike Park will be the creation of a destination riding area unique in the region and the state, that will provide the communities of Terre Haute and Vigo county with a tremendous new recreational resource and that will draw thousands of destination riders each year and provide a significant new source of economic benefit and impact to the area.

HISTORICAL CELEBRATION
APPROVED: July 11, 2014

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Matching Grant Program
Project Number: IBC-HC-11  County: Marion
Organization: DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Steve Kennedy, 317-232-6981, skennedy@dnr.in.gov
Website:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3671.htm#hpf

Description:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology’s Historic Preservation Fund (HFP) Matching Grant Program is available to not-for-profit organizations, municipal governments, and educational institutions for certain types of heritage preservation projects, including rehabilitation of historic buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  About $500,000 is awarded through a single competitive grant round each year.  The maximum grant award is $50,000 and all grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar with non-federal funds.

Grant awards from the Historic Preservation Fund assist communities in carrying out important local heritage preservation projects. Because this is a matching grant program, grant recipients must supply a certain percentage of the total cost of their projects – generally 50%.  Also, grant awards are made directly to local organizations who execute their own projects; the DHPA does not execute the projects for them.  Therefore, this program fosters a significant sense of project “ownership” from participants.  Furthermore, because it is a competitive program with defined evaluation criteria, as well as high demand for grant funding, selected projects are generally those that are the most prepared and ready-to-go, involve significant cultural resources, and have the highest potential for successful, on-time, and on-budget completion.

Most of these projects are highly visible at the local level.  In addition to press releases put out by the DNR, many grant recipient organizations issue their own press releases and publicity pieces about their grant-assisted projects.  Many of the historic buildings rehabilitated with grant funds have been on local “endangered lists” in the past.  In addition to preserving the historic fabric of Indiana’s cities and towns, many of these rehabilitated buildings add further public benefit to their communities by housing not-for-profit and/or community service organizations.

Group Two: Quarter 1, 2014
Approved April 22, 2014

NATURE CONSERVATION

No Nature Conservation applications for Quarter 1, 2014

YOUTH AND EDUCATION
APPROVED: April 22, 2014

John Hampden Holliday Prize
Project Number: IBC-YE-20  County: Marion
Organization: Society of Indiana Pioneers
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Sally Fadely, Business Manager
Website: www.indianapioneers.com

Description:
To encourage the highest quality of scholarship, research and writing about Indiana pioneer history, the Society of Indiana Pioneers announces the John Hampden Holliday Prize to be awarded in the year 2016 – that being the bicentennial year of the State of Indiana and the centennial year of the Society of Indiana Pioneers – to the individuals who make the most significant contribution to the field of Indiana pioneer history.

A nominated work must be substantially about Indiana history or a very closely related topic, dealing with any period of time from pre-history to and including 1851. Works may be in any printed form: book, article, pamphlet, booklet, bibliography, and compendium of essays, exhibit or sales catalogue, a single essay that is part of larger work, or an original work contained in digit format on a disk or loaded on a permanent website.

ArtSmart: Indiana
Project Number: IBC-YE-21 County: Tippecanoe
Organization: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
Type:   Non-profit
Contact: Susan Chavers and Sharon Smith Theobald 765-742-1128 artsmartindiana@artlafayette.org
Website: www.artsmartindiana.org

Description:
ArtSmart: Indiana has a new launch of an enhanced web-based learning initiative and updated resource guide, teaching guide, interactive games and video in partnership with Purdue University and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

ArtSmart teaches the history of Indiana from 1800 to present day as shown through the works of its artists and is designed as a flexible starting point for integrating Indiana’s rich visual arts tradition into classroom instruction with application for all Hoosiers.

A Moment of Indiana History
Project Number: IBC-YE-24  County: Monroe
Organization: WFIU Public Radio from Indiana University
Type: Non-profit/Educational
Contact: Nancy Krueger, Gifts and Grants Officer 812-855-2935 nkrueger@indiana.edu
Website: www.MomentofIndianaHistory.org

Description:
A Moment of Indiana History is a weekly two-minute radio program exploring Indiana history. The series originated in 2004 and is a production of WFIU Public Radio in partnership with the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS). Research support comes from the staff of the Indiana Magazine of History, published at Indiana University.

Visit Indiana 4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum
Project Number: IBC-YE-25  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Mark Newman 317-233-3261
Website: www.visitindianas.com or www.in.gov/visitindiana/

Description:
Indiana tourism is pleased to offer an interactive, six-week social studies course for 4th grade teachers. The curriculum provides a complete set of tools, lesson plans and classroom ideas to engage students in an exciting exploration of Indiana’s history. Currently, over 100 fourth grade classrooms across Indiana use this as part of their social studies and Indiana history activities.

Created by teachers for teachers, the curriculum is designed to meet the State of Indiana academic standards for 4th grade social studies. It uses critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration to help students discover many historical attractions and natural wonders that Indiana has to offer – and inspire them to explore this great state.

A Town Born of Victory – Orleans video
Project Number: IBC-YE-26  County: Orange
Organization: Orange County Community Foundation, Inc.
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Cathy Hardin 812-723-4150 cathyhardin@orangecountycommunityfoundation.org
Website: www.orangecountycommunityfoundation.org

Description:
A Town Born of Victory is a video presentation that will introduce viewers to the Town of Orleans and educate them about the town, from its very beginnings to the present day. The content will include overviews of the town’s history within the following categories: Business and commerce; education; natural disasters; religion and recreation.

Included within the video, and following its narrative, will be interviews with local people, old photographs and film clips, excerpts from letters and journals written by people in the town’s past, and more. The key to a town’s identity lies within the pages of its history, and the manifestation of that identity is the action taken by the town’s people. Through A Town Born of Victory, the goal is to make everyone aware of the spirit that began in Orleans (and so many like it), and to refresh and renew that spirit among the citizens of all rural Indiana towns.

200 Years. 100 Moments
Project Number: IBC-YE-27  County: Marion
Organizations: DL Images and Neary Creative
Type: Other
Contact: Lee Nassau and Dennis Neary  317-201-9082  lee@dlimages.com
Website: www.dlimages.com

Description:
A select 100 moments from the past 200 years of Indiana history tell our state’s story in a fast paced, interesting and impactful way. The stories are a mix of Hoosier history, politics, art, business and sport. 200 Years 100 Moments is Hoosier history and heritage told as sixty-second vignettes. Two new stories a week will be broadcast on local stations in each of Indiana’s TV markets. It will serve as reminder of the Indiana Bicentennial and all the accompanying events.

Examples of finished stories:
Morgan’s Raid https://vimeo.com/89533601
Hoagy Carmichael https://vimeo.com/89533962

A.Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale – theatrical production
Project Number: IBC-YE-28  County: Spencer
Organization: Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association – Lincoln Amphitheatre
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Daniel Wilkinson 812-937-9730 dan@lincolnamphitheatre.org
Website: http://www.lincolnamphitheatre.org/

Description:
A signature production, A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale, is a musical play depicting the historical events of Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana youth. This production is geared toward all ages and is especially accessible to those unable to travel long distances to venues in Louisville or Indianapolis for quality live entertainment. The current production premiered in 2012.

The Lincoln family moved to what is now Spencer County in southern Indiana December 1816. In addition to the celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial, December 2016 will mark 200 years since the arrival of the Lincolns in Indiana. Lincoln Amphitheatre is nestled within Lincoln State Park which will be part of the centennial celebration of Indiana State Parks also in 2016.

The Indiana Album: Bringing Photographs from the Attic to the Web
Project Number: IBC-YE-29  County: Marion
Organization: The Indiana Album
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Joan Hostetler 317-771-4129  info@indianaalbum.com
Website: www.facebook.com/IndianaAlbum

Description:
The Indiana Album is a community-submitted digital archive of Indiana-related photographs lingering in albums and attics throughout the country. We scan and catalog photographs loaned by individuals, businesses, and organizations. National standards are followed to digitize and create metadata for photographs and postcards of houses, farms, businesses, churches, street scenes, clubs, schools, interesting people, and other subjects that might interest the general public. Images will be searchable through the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Memory database.

The Indiana Album will reach out to Hoosiers throughout Indiana by hosting 24 scan-a-thons in all regions of the state in 2015 and 2016. A pilot project (and similar projects hosted in other states such as the Shades of LA Project and Mass. Memory Road Show) reveals that ethnic groups are less likely to share photographs, therefore we will directly solicit participation from churches or cultural organizations.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
APPROVED: April 22, 2014

Race2Play
Project Number: IBC-CI-7  County: Bartholomew
Organization:  Columbus Park Foundation and
Columbus Parks & Recreation
Type: Non-profit/Government/Municipal
Contact: April Williams, Project/Resource Development Director
awilliams@columbus.in.gov 812-375-2759
Website: http://www.columbusparkfoundation.org/projects/race2play/

Description:
RacePlay is a community effort to make spaces where kids and families play – great spaces by creating more inviting, all-inclusive playgrounds for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The real “celebrities” are community partners who believe that safe spaces lead to healthier kids.

In 2013, the Columbus Park Foundation, Columbus Parks and Recreation, City of Columbus, national foundations including: Tony Stewart, Jared Fogle, Carter’s (Osterhouse) Kids, Riley Children’s Foundation, and many community partners teamed up to make the project Race2Play a reality

100 Faces + 100 Places = 200 Notes from Indiana
Project Number: IBC-CI-9  County: Hamilton
Organization: Watercolor Society of Indiana (WIS)
Type: Non-profit
Contact: John O’ Connor  john.m.occonor@dfas.mil   317-212-3220
Website: http://www.watercolorsocietyofindiana.org/

Description:
“200 Notes from Indiana” is stand-alone display of 200 original watercolor paintings, each about 5×7 inches, depicting 100 important and diverse people in Indiana history and 100 locations in Indiana that describe its natural beauty, industry, buildings and monuments.  Together the 200 images will be notes of the people, the land and the heritage of the Hoosier State.

By depicting both a selection of famous Hoosiers and those fertile, fascinating and friendly Indiana locations that define its geography together in one graphic statement the audience will see that Indiana is a truly diverse, culturally rich, and magnificently beautiful state that has contributed much to the history, culture and economy of the United States.  Each 5×7 inch watercolor “note” will in its small way represent an individual person or locale while serving as a reminder that the whole is certainly more than the sum of its parts.

When the project is about half completed in April of 2015 I will enlist the WSI and other resources to determine the facilities (schools, public/government offices, libraries) that will exhibit the paintings.  The display of paintings will be completed by April, 2016 and can travel to multiple locations through the end of 2016.

The Sullivan County Plat Book Project
Project Number: IBC-CI-10  County: Hendricks
Organization:  Partners for Resources, Inc.
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Judith M. Bengochea  812-249-3341                 judithbengochea@gmail.com

Description:
The Sullivan County Plat Book Project is a fundraiser for Partners for Resources (P4R). All proceeds from the sale of books will be reinvested into community projects. The P4R board decided to celebrate the bicentennials of Carlisle, Sullivan County and the State of Indiana. Artwork will be created for the cover of the plat books to commemorate these anniversaries. The cover of the 2014-25 plat book will include the copy “Sullivan County, the Bicentennial County” Carlisle, 2015, State of Indiana, 2016 and Sullivan County, 2017.

The books will be distributed through the Sullivan County Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse, the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District,  the Sullivan Daily Times, Farmersburg Town Hall and a couple of others.

Partners for Resources is a local Not-for-Profit which works to ”Build a Stronger Community”  All proceeds from the Plat Book will be reinvested into  P4R’s various community projects. Current projects include:
Alicia’s Clothing Drive
Cardinal Ritter Band Project
Recycling in Sullivan County
Streets of Sullivan, Main Street Group
Streets of Sullivan Downtown Enhancement Project
Sullivan County Plat Books 2014-15

Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail
Project Number: IBC-CI-11 County: Elkhart
Organization: Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Sonya L. Nash, Project Manager 574-262-8161 sonya@amishcountry.org
Website: www.amishcountry.org and www.QuiltGardens.com

Description:
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail, www.QuiltGardens.com, is a free event, open to the public during all daylight hours, from May 30 until October 1 each year. It is the nation’s first ever, spring-to-fall annual attraction of large-scale, blooming quilt gardens and oversized quilt art murals in the seven northern Indiana communities of Bristol, Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa. It unifies off of its individuals sites with a shared program embracing each community’s heritage and artistry. It originally began in 2007 as a test project, and has since grown to be one of Indiana’s outstanding events.

Plans are underway for the 2016 Quilt Gardens to have one central theme, the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial, with each site asked to design its Quilt Garden to reflect Indiana’s history and heritage through quilt art forms and gardens.

Bisontennial
Project Number: IBC-CI-12  County: Wabash
Organization: North Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Laura Rager 260-982-7644 lrager@northmanchesterchamber.com
Website: www.northmanchesterchamber.com

Description:
The purpose of this Bisontennial project is to engage our youth in the upcoming bicentennial. A minimum of fifteen concrete statues of buffalo will be purchased. This animal was chosen because it is featured on Indiana’s state seal.  Through resources at Manchester Community Schools and Manchester University, we will access young artists to create one-of-a-kind bison masterpieces to coincide with themes both related to local history and to industry in the area.

Funding will be obtained from local industries, philanthropic organizations and businesses to sponsor a bison.

Each year the art department in our community school has their 8th grade artists create a community art project. The University also requires a number of hours being spent on community service for every graduate.  Students and staff within their art department have been invited to participate as a community service project.

The local Kiwanis and Lion’s Clubs will preserve the statues with weather resistant coating.  Once completed the statues will be placed along our main thoroughfare and be on display through 2016.

ALL-IN
Project Number: IBC-CI-13  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Humanities
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Kristin Hess 317-638-1500 khess@indianahumanities.org
Website: www.indianahumanities.org

Description:
ALL-IN is a digital competition that challenges Hoosiers to think, read, talk and do.

ALL-IN inspires us to learn more about Indiana, connect with each other and make our state even better.

ALL-IN will enhance statewide awareness of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial. Due to the fact that the program launches in 2014 and continues through 2016, participating Hoosiers will be aware about not only the Bicentennial but also specific Bicentennial activities, such as the torch relay. ALL-IN helps Hoosiers learn about the past and envision the state’s future. The program seeks to increase awareness, engagement and pride in Indiana through the completion of challenges but also by highlighting leaders who embody these characteristics.

HISTORICAL CELEBRATION
APPROVED: April 22, 2014

Saving Orleans Historic Fire Truck
Project Number: IBC-HC-7  County: Orange
Organization: Town of Orleans
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Robert F. Henderson, Jr. 812-865-2539 orleansclerk@netsurfusa.net
Website: www.town.orleans.in.us/

Description:
Orleans Bicentennial Project to save the town’s historic original 1926 Peter Pirsch Fire Engine. When completed, the truck will be used to help promote the town’s 200th birthday celebration planned for 2015. Restored fire engine will be used in area parades, special community events and happenings.

The engine was most likely the first-ever new fire truck purchased by Orleans town fathers. The truck was purchased at the original cost of $6,500 from Peter Pirsch & Sons of Wisconsin.

200 Years Along the Wabash
Project Number: IBC-HC-9  County: Wabash
Organization: Banks of the Wabash
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Rae Schnapp 765-714-4829  raeschnapp@gmail.com

Description:
We propose to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial by highlighting the rich historical and future significance surrounding the Wabash River and its tributaries.  We propose a culturally inclusive grassroots approach, modeled after the very successful 2013 Year of the River initiative organized by Art Spaces of Terre Haute.  Community events ranging from walks and boat tours to historical re-enactments and poetry readings will create an enduring appreciation for our rivers.

Our Bicentennial project highlights the historical and ongoing importance of the Wabash River system in our progression toward Statehood.  The Wabash River valley encompasses about 2/3 of Indiana’s land area and was a key factor in both Native American and European settlement of the area.  Many rivers and streams still bear names that reflect this rich history and, today, our rivers and streams are still strongly associated with our sense of place.

Group One: Quarter 4, 2013

NATURE CONSERVATION
APPROVED: February 28, 2014

Sustainable Indiana 2016

Project Number: IBC-NC-1  County: Marion
Organization:  Earth Charter Indiana, Inc.
Type:  Non-profit
Contact: John Gibson, State Coordinator
317-525-1856 john@sustainableindiana2016.org

Website: www.sustainableindiana2016.org

Description:
“Sustainable Indiana 2016” is a bicentennial citizen initiative of Earth Charter Indiana, Inc. The mission is to inspire and advance sustainable, just and peaceful living in Indiana by promoting the values and principles of Earth Charter. The aim of Sustainable Indiana 2016 is to discover, document, catalogue, and celebrate Hoosier-based climate solutions/sustainability innovations as a bicentennial legacy.

Santa Claus – Lincoln Discovery Trail

Project Number: IBC-NC-2  County: Spencer
Organization: Town of Santa Claus, Indiana
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Kevin R. Patmore
812-937-4100   patmorelaw@psci.net

Website: www.townofsantaclaus.com

Description:
The Santa Claus-Lincoln Discovery Trail will be a twelve-foot wide multi-modal trail and supporting facilities in and around Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln State park and extending from the facility along the American Discovery Trail route through the Town to the intersection of IN 162 and IN 245, passing Heritage Hills High School and Middle School, lodging facilities, Holiday World, Christmas Lake Village and numerous other attractions on its route. This will enable better access for residents, students and tourists coming for the primary draw of Holiday World to benefit from the educational and recreational opportunities of Lincoln Boyhood and Lincoln State Park.

 

youth & edYOUTH AND EDUCATION
APPROVED: February 28, 2014 

Butler Student Collaboration:
Children’s book focused on the history of Indiana for children

Project Number: IBC-YE-1 County: Marion
Organization: Butler University
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Dr. Erin Albert
ealbert@butler. edu

Website: www.butler.edu

Description:
We’d like to continue book project publication projects, and focus on a group of students, potentially from the college of education, college of pharmacy and health sciences (COPHS), LAS (history), and Jordan College of the Arts, and the college of business to produce a children’s book focused on the history of Indiana for children.

The book will be published in spring, 2015, and then could be utilized as a tool for adults to share with Hoosier children what the history of Indiana is, and how we might head into a better future in Indiana.

In Pursuit of State Pride: a 4th Grade Field Trip to Remember

Project Number: IBC-YE-2  County: Marion
Organization: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Erin Trisler, Roger Hardig
317-631-1888 Development@bhpsite.org

Website: http://bhpsite.org

Description:
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site (BHPS), together with the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and the Indiana State Library, propose a combined, free field trip initiative to serve 4th grade classes across the State of Indiana from 2014 to 2016, leading up to and in celebration of our state’s bicentennial. Our field trip will achieve 31 unique Indiana state standards and a purpose of instilling state pride via physical visitation, online interactives, and teacher/classroom support materials.

Statehood Day Essay Contest

Project Number: IBC-YE-3  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Suzanne Walker
317-234-5649   suwalker@library.in.gov

Website: www.in.gov/library

Description:
This is a contest for fourth grade students in Indiana which culminates with the top four place winners reading their essays during Statehood Day celebrations.

The next three essay themes will support the Bicentennial celebration:

2014 – “Hoosier Bicentennial Moments”

2015 – “Hoosier Bicentennial Treasures”

And finally in keeping with the idea of taking the celebration forward in to the future;

2016 – “How will you be a Hoosier Hero?”

Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest are honored at the Statehood Day Celebration. The Capitol Tour office coordinates the events and plans the event held at the State House. The Library collects and judges the essay contest.

Indiana Statehood Day

Project Number: IBC-YE-4  County: Marion
Organizations: Indiana State House Capitol Tour Office,                                                                              Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum
and Indiana Historical Society
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Jennifer Hodge
317-233-5293 jhodge@idoa.in.gov

Website: www.idoa.in.gov

Description:
On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to join the Union. Each year, on Statehood Day, downtown Indianapolis comes alive with many opportunities for 4th grade groups to celebrate Indiana’s birthday. Four locations hold exciting and educational activities for 4th graders and have a formal Statehood Day program including guest speakers from state government as well as the reading of a winning Statehood Day Essay supported by the Indiana Center for the Book.

Hoosiers and the American Story

Project Number: IBC-YE-5  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Historical Society
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Ms. Kyle McCoy
(317) 233-8914   kmckoy@indianahistory.org

Website: www.indianahistory.org

Description:
As Indiana’s storyteller, the IHS connects people to the past in many ways. This Indiana Bicentennial project will provide: 1) a supplemental Indiana history secondary school textbook; 2) three teacher training workshops in various  locations around Indiana annually for three years (nine total); and 3) new classroom software and advanced technology to bring more than 300 Destination Indiana journeys to Indiana classrooms, based on primary sources from the IHS archives.

Bicentennial Revolutionary War Exhibit

Project Number: IBC-YE-6  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana War Memorial
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: J. Stewart Goodwin, Brig. General, U.S.A.F. (Retired)
317-232-7616 sgoodwin@iwm.in.gov

Website: www.iwm.in.gov

Description:
The current Revolutionary War exhibit in the Indiana War Memorial Museum will be completely renovated to not only tell the National and State stories of this time period but to also provide the military history that led to our Statehood.  Many of the numerous conflicts will be detailed along with the establishment of military forts and camps that turned into major cities in Indiana.

Additionally, the military implications that led to the territorial and State capitol locations will be included.  Battle ground locations and significant military sites to include cemeteries and museums across the State will also be identified.

Indiana Chant Book for Children

Project Number: IBC-YE-7  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Suzanne Walker
317-234-5649   suwalker@library.in.gov

Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
Working with award winning children’s author and Indiana resident, April Pulley Sayre, the Indiana State Library will publish a chant about Indiana.  Librarians can use the chant as a memorization game, a song, or the text of a book, which could be created by the children at the local libraries.

With assistance from Indiana State Library staff, and other contributing librarians and volunteers around the state, Ms. Pulley Sayre will use the terminology collected by the Indiana State Library Children’s Services Consultant to create a chant that can be used by schools, libraries, and families in any Bicentennial celebration.

On This Day in Indiana’s History

Project Number: IBC-YE-8  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Monique Howell
317-234-7270   mohowell@library.in.gov

Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
The Indiana State Library will have a section of their homepage dedicated to telling our online visitors about an event that happened in Indiana on that day in history.  The site will be changed each day for the year 2016.  There will also be mention of how one can learn more about each topic by using the Indiana State Library’s collection of materials. This will be promoting the rich resources available at the State Library.  The more people that get interested in Indiana’s history the better.

Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana

Project Number: IBC-YE-9  County: Monroe
Organization: Indiana University Press
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Dave Hulsey, Marketing & Sales Director
812-855-6553  hulseyd@indiana.edu

Website: www.indiana.edu

Description:
Historian James H. Madison has written an up-to-date history of Indiana from the beginnings to the present. This new history tells the stories of Hoosiers, offering an invigorating view of one of America’s distinctive states and the long and fascinating journey of its people.  Based on extensive research, the book is written for general readers and seeks throughout to connect past and present.

Crossroads Connect

Project Number: IBC-YE-10  County: Delaware
Organization: Department of History Ball State University
Type: Educational
Contact: Ronald V. Morris, PhD.
765-285-8720  RVMorris@BSU.edu

Website: www.bsu.edu

Description:
This project called Crossroad Connect will help students, teachers, and parents find out about Indiana through tablet technology. This technology will make the project open to anyone interested in Indiana when they download it to their tablet from the app store.

Elementary students learn about the history of Indiana using content distributed through the tablet. Teachers in fourth grade social studies use text, primary sources, images, video, interaction, and embedded links to learn social studies content. The tablet will be compatible for both Android and IOS systems. Schools and parents will be able to download it from the app store.

Ranger Lore Project – State Parks & Reservoirs partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana

Project Number: IBC-YE-11  County: Marion
Organization:  Department of Natural Resources,
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Ginger Murphy
317-417-4926   gmurphy@dnr.in.gov

Website: www.dnr.in.gov

Description:
This program will help citizens of Indiana appreciate that their state park system was founded during their state’s Centennial celebration in 1916. Furthermore, it will help to portray how the park system, conceived by Col. Richard Lieber, has evolved through the past 100 years to become one of the country’s finest state park systems with a strong heritage interpretation program.

Park employees who have been with the division for over 30 or 40 years play a significant role in portraying how both the division has changed and how the public has changed through the years. The “Ranger Lore” interviews will document this important time in history, and will be permanently archived in the Library of Congress for historical, common interest, and literary use.

Indiana Bicentennial Train

Project Number: IBC-YE-12  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Historical Society
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Stacy Klingler
317-233-3110   sklingler@indianahistory

Website:  www.indianahistory.org

Description:
The Indiana Bicentennial Train consists of three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars and features a free traveling exhibition, The Next Indiana, which explores the state’s past through the lenses of transportation, land use, talent and community. In addition, temporary “depots” are set up at each of 16 venues around the state for visitors to participate in hands-on activities, catch a 1916 interpreter presentation and engage in a community creativity space.

As the Train travels from 2013 through 2016, it will celebrate the state Bicentennial over four years and provide an historical-grounded platform for both local and statewide celebrations. During the run, the Train will reach over 50,000 visitors in 16 towns and cities across Indiana. The Bicentennial Train and its accompanying activities are all free and open to the public for three days at each host site. School field trips to the Train are encouraged through mailings from the Indiana Historical Society that describe how a visit to the Train is tied to the Indiana Academic Standards.

2014 Train Schedule:

Columbus         September 17-20
Jasper              September 24-27
Terre Haute      October 1-4
Bargersville      October 8-11

Treasures in Your Own Backyard DVD

Project Number: IBC-YE-13  County: Marion
Organization: Department of Natural Resources
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Ginger Murphy
317-417-4926   gmurphy@dnr.in.gov

Website: www.dnr.in.gov

Description:
Indiana State Parks: Treasures in Your Own Backyard  DVD celebrates Indiana state parks, introduces viewers to their vibrant beauty & the people who have dedicated their lives to preserving them for future generations.

Widely recognized as among the best in the country, Indiana state parks are a great source of Hoosier pride. This DVD was produced for WTIU/Indiana University Television by Ron Prickel.  The production received a Bronze Award in the 31st National Telly Award Competition, and received a regional Emmy nomination for both production and original score.

Bicentennial Sign Initiative

Project Number: IBC-YE-14  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Historical Bureau
Type: Government/Municipal/educational
Contact: Pam Bennett
317-232-2535 pbennett@history.in.gov

Website: www.history.in.gov

Description:
Signage for the program will be produced in Indiana by the Prison Enterprises Network, positively impacting our recidivism rates.  Signs will be affordable at $175+shipping for an 18”x18” full color aluminum sign.  They may be more recognizable than State Historical Markers, since they are light weight and can be attached to most surfaces.

Bicentennial signs will:

  • celebrate local and regional history, whether it was made 200 years ago or yesterday.
  • promote the pillars of the 2016 celebration by encouraging tangible (marker-worthy) public projects.
  • increase awareness of the Bicentennial through the use of the Bicentennial logo/brand, as well as the stylized text “1816-2016” and “200 Years of Indiana Statehood” on each sign.
  • help to fund the Bicentennial celebration (IHB’s profit margin on markers and signs is low to keep prices affordable while covering agency administrative costs.  Approximately $8 from each sign ordered would be reserved for the Bicentennial Commission.)

North Manchester Video History, Yesterday and Today

Project Number: IBC-YE-16  County: Wabash
Organization: North Manchester Historical Society
Type:  Non-profit
Contact: Mary Chrastil, President
260-982-0672   nmhistory@cinergymetro.net

Website: www.nmanchesterhistory.org

Description:
The video includes early history of North Manchester and interviews with current residents about the state of arts and humanities, education, business and agriculture, civic organizations and hopes for the future. Video will complement and reference a remarkable 1938 film in the NMHS collection, See Yourself in the Movies. The process will create hours of video history archives for future research.

Indiana Bicentennial Literary Map

Project Number: IBC-YE-17  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Shauna Borger
317-232-3718  sborger@library.in.gov

Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
The Indiana Literary Map will be a digital and printed map of 200 Indiana authors, located on the map using GIS coordinates for one specific place for each author or writer.  For example, Kurt Vonnegut would be represented at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis; Ernie Pyle would be represented at the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum in Dana, etc.  A committee of literary enthusiasts would select the 200 authors.

Indiana at 200

Project Number: IBC-YE-18  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Policy Review Foundation
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Andrea Neal
317-440-7844   aneal@inpolicy.org

Website: http://inpolicy.org/

Description:
A series of articles available for biweekly publication that tells the story of the 100 most significant events/figures/ideas in Indiana history with “links” to cultural and geographic sites that best illustrate them.

The series consists of 100 “mini-essays” designed to promote Indiana history during the Bicentennial period. Each essay will be in the 400-450 word range and distributed for newspaper publication and made available online. Essays are designed to be highly readable by older children and adults and will appear in chronological order, beginning with the impact of the Ice Age on Indiana and ending with the legacy of the Bicentennial itself.

 Bicycling on boardwalkCOMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
APPROVED: February 28, 2014

Library Information Packet

Project Number: IBC-CI-1  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Shauna Borger
317-232-3718   sborger@library.in.gov

Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
A paper and online toolkit on the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial will be compiled and widely distributed to libraries statewide, with the focus on public libraries. The toolkit will be designed to connect libraries with bicentennial initiatives and resources and give them a starting point for beginning bicentennial programs in their own communities.

This toolkit will encourage libraries to familiarize themselves with bicentennial themes and information so they are prepared to begin bicentennial initiatives and programs within their community.

Birthday Book

Project Number: IBC-CI-2  County: Marion
Organization:  Brick Street Poetry, Inc.
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Joyce Brinkman
317-328-0545   Board@brickstreetpoetry.org

Website: www.brickstreetpoetry.org

Description:
Brick Street Poetry Inc. will work with co-sponsoring organizations, such as libraries, in each county to conduct calls for poetry that speaks to the character of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Each of the 92 cosponsoring organizations will forward to Brick Street 3 to 5 finalists from their county.  A poem representing each county will be selected by Brick Street to be included in a book that will be published for the bicentennial and distributed to libraries.

Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration’s goal is to “Celebrate history and Ignite the future”.   Brick Street Poetry’s project will do both.  Publication of a book records history and carries it into the future.

Community Conversations

Project Number: IBC-CI-3  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Humanities
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Kristen Fuhs Wells
317-638-1500   kwells@indianahumanities.org

Website: www.indianahumanities.org

Description:
Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University hold an annual series called “Community Conversations.” Cities, towns and regions apply to host a conversation that addresses a challenging issue in their community. For the next two years, the theme is Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana.

The Community Conversation series was designed to help Indiana regions discuss challenging issues in their communities. For 2014 and 2015, the theme will be Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana. This theme will encourage Indiana regions to delve into their past so that they can better appreciate how they became what they are today and who they want to become in the future.

One State, One Story – Indiana Bicentennial

Project Number: IBC-CI-4  County: Marion
Organization:  Indiana State Library
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact:  Shauna Borger
317-232-3718   sborger@library.in.gov

Website: www.library.in.gov

Description:
The Indiana State Library, along with partner organizations, will seek to inspire adults and children to read, discuss, and engage in activities focused on the Indiana Bicentennial by simultaneously reading the same book (or a similar story) through their local public library. This public library program is designed to coordinate with Indiana Bicentennial commemorations taking place in 2015-2016, especially those in public libraries, schools, museums, and historic sites.

This one book community engagement program will give libraries a format for participating in and getting their community engaged with Indiana Bicentennial activities.

Indiana’s Courthouse Squares:
Reasserting the importance of iconic local identity

Project Number: IBC-CI-5  County: Delaware
Organization: Ball State University
Type: Educational
Contact: Chris Flook
Instructor of Tele-Communications, Ball State University
765-730-0841 caflook@bsu.edu

Website: www.bsu.edu

http://indianacourthousesquare.org/courthouses/

Description:
The project showcases all 92 county courthouses and their adjoining squares in the state of Indiana. County courthouses serve as iconic fixtures for a community’s identity that: symbolically asserts the rule of law at the center of American society; exhibits a unique architecture that captures the era in which the structure was built; serves as the iconic edifice for many of the county seats; and provides centralized places for economic and social activities. In recent decades, several communities have taken efforts to revitalize their courthouse, which has assisted in the rejuvenation of their surrounding squares. This project, moving forward, will highlight, promote, and assist in those efforts.

Explore Indiana on a virtual tour of Indiana’s 92 counties.

Log on Indiana Bicentennial Commission official website:

http://www.indiana2016.org Click on Resources – Explore Indiana

Up to the MinuteAt the State House newsletter

Project Number: IBC-CI-6  County: Marion
Organization: Capitol Tour Office, Indiana State House
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact:  Jennifer Hodge, Coordinator
317-233-9830 jhodge@idoa.in.gov

Website: www.idoa.in.gov

Description:
The quarterly newsletter created by the Capitol Tour Office is designed to inform visitors or any interested parties about events and tours occurring at the State House. Its audience includes school groups and teachers and other interested groups of all ages. It goes out to members of the SH Event Coordinating Committee and the Historic Collaboration group and is distributed by the Department of Education. It is also distributed to members of the Legislature.  It includes activities supported by the Capitol Tour office along with historical facts and information about building, visitors to the building, famous Hoosiers and the Bicentennial.

history & celebrationHISTORICAL CELEBRATION
APPROVED: February 28, 2014

Kokomo Salutes Indiana’s Automotive Heritage 1894-1964

Project Number: IBC-HC-1  County: Howard
Organization:  Kokomo Automotive Museum
Type: non-profit
Contact: Jeffrey Shively
765-454-9999   Cad19651941@yahoo.com

Website: www.kokomoautomotivemuseum.org

Description:
Kokomo is known as the “City of Firsts”. Since 1894, it has been an automotive town. It is logical there for any Bicentennial event to focus on the automobile. The Kokomo Automotive Museum proposes a week-long celebration, based in Kokomo, which branches out into other parts of the state and is capped by three major events in Kokomo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: “The Haynes-Apperson Reunion”, “Indiana Grand Classic”, and the “Indiana Bicentennial Concours d’Elegance” respectively.

Honoring Indiana’s Founding Fathers

Project Number: IBC-HC-2  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Commission on Public Records
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Jim Corridan
317-232-3380 jcorridan@icpr.in.gov

Website:  www.icpr.in.gov

Description:
Honoring Indiana’s Founding Fathers is a project designed to both educate Hoosiers about, and commemorate the 43 delegates that drafted Indiana’s first constitution. The month-long program will honor each delegate with a wreath laying ceremony at their gravesites, using the delegate’s heirs and local youth organizations (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies). Each ceremony will include brief biographies about the delegate, their accomplishments in life and at the convention.

Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit

Project Number: IBC-HC-3  County: Marion
Organization: Indiana Commission on Public Records
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact: Jim Corridan
317-232-3380 jcorridan@icpr.in.gov

Website:  www.icpr.in.gov

Description:
Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit will be a traveling exhibit expected to visit up to nine sites across Indiana for three week intervals to provide access to the public to see the state constitution, state’s historic rifle, the first state flag, territorial documents, early laws and judicial decisions and other significant Indiana historical items from the territorial and first years of Indiana’s statehood periods.

Treasures in Your Own Backyard – Centennial booklets

Project Number: IBC-HC-4  County: Marion
Organization:  Department of Natural Resources
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact:  Ginger Murphy
317-417-4926   gmurphy@dnr.in.gov

Website: www.dnr.in.gov

Description:
Treasures in Your Own Backyard – Centennial booklets are a series of article inserts in Outdoor Indiana that highlight the history and nature of each of Indiana’s 32 state parks and reservoirs. The series began in 2010 and will be completed as part of the State Park’s Centennial in 2016. The replicate, with a 21st century look and feel, a similar series for each state park that was written in the early years of the state park system. These booklets can be pulled out and kept as collector’s items. Individual copies of each 8-page booklet are available for individual purchase as they are produced on the Mother Nature’s mercantile website, www.innsgifts.com.

State Parks and Reservoirs Centennial Event and/or Centennial Weekend

Project Number: IBC-HC-5  County: Marion
Organization:  Department of Natural Resources
Division of State Parks and Reservoirs
Type: Government/Municipal
Contact:  Ginger Murphy
317-417-4926    gmurphy@dnr.in.gov

Website: www.dnr.in.gov

Description:
In 2016, Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs will celebrate its 100th birthday. Each of our 32 properties will host a centennial weekend celebration connected directly to their property’s history leading up to and in 2016. Details for each site are yet to be determined, but may include birthday parties, re-enactments, music, a focus on historic features and structures, and a one-day ‘rollback” to 1916 entrance pricing, which was ten cents at the time.

Conner House Revitalization

Project Number: IBC-HC-6  County: Hamilton
Organization: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Type: Non-profit
Contact: Catherine Hughes
317-214-4764  hughes@connerprairie.org

Website: www.connerprairie.org

Description:
Exploring the earliest days of Indiana’s statehood through political, environmental and economic themes in one of the state’s oldest historic structures, the William Conner House, Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park seeks the endorsement of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission for a two-year Conner House Revitalization project culminating in a transformed guest experience that will serve as the centerpiece for Conner Prairie’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial.

The first brick structure in Hamilton County, Conner House was the site for the first public meetings for county officials in determining much of the early business of settling the area, including the discussion of the location for a new state capital, which became Indianapolis.

Indiana Bicentennial 2016.
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