Indiana Bicentennial Commission February Newsletter

February 2016  Volume 23


A month of milestones

This newsletter celebrates Indiana while we celebrate the Bicentennial.  Two months into the year, we have seen wonderful milestones achieved.  Just this month, the 1,000th Legacy Project was submitted...

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city market

Bicentennial Bazaar
March 5

hoosier women

Hoosier Women in Art


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crispus attucks

Attucks: The school that opened a city

WFYI Public Media presents a documentary on a hometown legacy like no other. Crispus Attucks High School... READ MORE >

pam hurst

Pam Hurst Designs

I began my career in jewelry making 16 years ago, when I left my full time career as an Industrial Engineer with General... READ MORE >


Celebrate history. Ignite the future

This slogan of the Indiana Bicentennial captures the spirit of Indiana’s 200th birthday. The “celebrating history” ...  READ MORE >

parke county

Parke County Maple Fair

The folks of Parke County Incorporated, who bring you the Covered Bridge Festival, have another treat in store for you... READ MORE >


Perry Hammock: Five things I love

Perry Hammock is the Executive Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. A native Hoosier... READ MORE >


100 years: Virginia Rea

You can call Virginia Rea accomplished. You can call her well-cultured and well-traveled. You can call her...READ MORE >




Sarah Kesterson presented on Hancock County

  • The county has 13 legacy projects and plans to have more.
  • They plan to purchase a fiberglass bison and have it painted by local artists and children
  • They are proud to have a photo in the Commemorative Bicentennial book and encourage all legacy projects of have a Bicentennial "flavor."

 To learn more about Hancock County >


Did You Know?


Do you know about the Bicentennial Marketplace?


Today the Indiana Bicentennial Commission announced its online Indiana Bicentennial Marketplace. The Marketplace is an online store where Indiana businesses and artisans can sell commemorative products that celebrate this historic year. The Marketplace is housed on the Bicentennial website.


All of the Indiana-made items are listed on the site with a picture, description, and contact information as well as a link to the seller.  All purchases are made directly between the buyer and seller, the marketplace simply showcases the items. There is a comment section for shoppers, to let participating businesses know what kinds of bicentennial items they would like to see.


“The marketplace is a great way to celebrate small business owners and artists in Indiana,” Executive Director Perry Hammock said. “There’s no better way to celebrate our state than to support our own Hoosiers.”


There are more than 30 businesses from all corners of the state already part of the marketplace, and more businesses are joining every day. From bumper stickers to artwork, vendors and products range far and wide with something for everyone.


“The marketplace is going to be a great showcase of some of the amazing Hoosier artists and entrepreneurs who are keeping Indiana's small business economy interesting and thriving,” Graham Brown, owner of United State of Indiana, said.  “In a year that's full of celebration of Indiana, it's vitally important to recognize small business owners, craftspeople and artisans. They are doing the best job of keeping alive values that have been cultivated in Indiana for 200 years.”

For businesses interested in being part of the marketplace, contact for more information.