Indiana Bicentennial Resources

09 Jan 2016 9:44 AM | Anonymous

The official Indiana Bicentennial web site is at It is chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton. Karen Pence and a dozen more notables are on the board. Sponsors include the Lilly Endowment and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Along with education, land conservation will be a hallmark of the Bicentennial, just as it was with the first Centennial which saw the State Park system created.

Indiana should be replete throughout the year with bison sculptures (bisontennial?) in downtown areas across the state.

The Indiana Bicentennial Train will feature a docent, Kevin Stonerock, and will have activities presented by the Indiana Historical Society. The train will stop in major and minor cities through the year for visitors to inspect. It will tour with hands-on bicentennial exhibits. Good classroom activity. And it's free. The Bicentennial Train will run From September, past 2016.

Need a license plate for you car? The BMV has Bicentennial plates available at no extra cost.

Hey, we also got an official US postage stamp. The picture is by Michael Matti of the cornfields near Milford.

The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail will be active from May 30 through Oct 1. 9a-5p each day. Downtown carpets of blooms in Elkhart and Nappanee. Events at other area towns including Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa.

A "Barn Trail" of quilt patterns will appear in many areas. These are painted boards on, of course, barns and can look very handsome. Decatur County has been working on theirs since early in 2015.

Starting in September, a torch run, Olympic style, will cover the state and go through every county. It will start in Corydon and end in October in Indianapolis. Purdue's College of Engineering is designing the torch(es). It is supposed to emulate the look of the torch on the Indiana state flag. The director of the effort for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development is Noelle Szydlyk. In all, the route is expected to run over 2,000 miles.

The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have an exhibition showcasing 200 objects of Indiana's past. A State Archives building is planned. A new hotel to replace the 1939 structure at Potato Creek State Park willl be named the "Bicentennial Inn". The Bicentennial Nature Trust has put up $274,000 to buy 60 acres of old-growth woods near Shelbyville. Some trees there are thought to be over 200 years old. In February, 2015 the government said this will be a $24 million project.

Switzerland County artist Donna Weaver has been chosen to create Indiana's official Bicentennial Medal. Here's the design. She has also been the person behind 12 of the commemorate state quarters. Cool. Click to biggify.

Rick Wilson of Edinburgh has been chosen by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to paint scenes from each of Indiana's State Parks and the results will be shown at the Richmond Art Museum and the Cope Center in Certervillle in 2016.

The state expects to have the west side of the capitol building, two blocks of Senate Ave, converted to a public plaza. The Department of  Administration says they have "been working very very hard to find something we can all be proud of and remember for 2016". Read that how you will.

The sculpture design for the area west of the statehouse has been unveiled. It was created by Osman Akan of New York.

They've also hired an architect for a education center on the ground floor of the State Library.

To commemorate Switzerland County's 200th anniversary in 2014, the Historical Society has selected 200 items from county history, including Vevay. Spinning wheels, quilts, and legal documents are on tap. See the Historical Society's web site for details and images of what they have chosen.

A Bicentennial Legacy Trail through Franklin, Union and Wayne Counties is being laid out by the Bicentennial Commission and the Cope Environmental Center of Centerville.

Ball State University is using students to compile a history of the Indiana State Forests. This is a class and thesis project for the students and should be available in late 2015.

The Indiana Album is being built by a non-profit. They are asking for people to share their old Indiana photos, etc. for high definition scans.

In Carroll County, a student art contest for 2016 will be sponsored by Indiana Electric Cooperatives.

County parks will also be built or expanded including a $300,000 grant to Porter County.

Putnam County 's Civil War Soldiers Monument in Greencastle's Forest Hill Cemetery will be restored and will start a nature trail. The money for these projects and more is being provided by the Community Grants Endowment and the Lilly Endowment.

The milk trade group, Professional Dairy Producers have Indiana Bicentennial funding for a Northern Indiana Dairy Trail and Grants for other ideas.

A movement is afoot to have the Lincoln Highway through Indiana designated a National Scenic Byway.

The Feast of the Hunters' Moon. is a Legacy Project this year. Oct 3-4th. Also in the Lafayette area the Lilly Nature Center will receive bicentennial funds as will the Wah-ba-shik-a park in Battle Ground.

In July, 2025 Karen Pence announced Arts in the Parks and Indiana Masterpiece projects that will fun approved artworks to state parks and forests in cooperation with the DNR.

The Bicentennial Commission has endorsed a project by the Mooresville Public Library to hold five lectures about the history of that city. It doesn't sound like any money is involved - or needed.

Also endorsed as a Legacy Project is an upgrade to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Canal Park in Delphi.

Susanne Schwibs of the IU PBS station WTIU is in the process of making a documentary about the history of the Wabash River.

The Daviess County Chamber of Commerce puts on a September festival, the Turkey Trot, every year at Corydon and the 2016 edition will be one of the Bicentennial's Legacy projects.

The Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis has a bicentennial exhibition open through January 21, 2017.

The James Whitcomb Riley home in Greenfield may get a statue of Riley out front. They hope to raise $40,000+ to pay for the statue to be made by Bill Wolfe of Terre Haute.

The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute will have works from Robert Indiana through Feb, 20, 2016.

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