Indiana Bicentennial Commission June Newsletter

June 2016  Volume 26


The Bicentennial Picks Up Speed!

By: Executive Director Perry Hammock


     As we finish the fastest month in Indiana, the Bicentennial year also seems to be flying by.  No time for pit stops; the checkered flag is in sight!  There are now more than 1,300 endorsed Legacy Projects.  Nearly 200 items are offered on the Bicentennial Marketplace by Indiana artists and craftspeople.  We have 225 projects aimed at improving the health and well being of Indiana’s children.  We launched the “200 Days of Birthdays” program on May 25, the 200th day from December 11.  Check out the great videos we have received on the Bicentennial Commission website, and take a few minutes to submit a video of  your own.

     With the dedication of Metzler Woods in Shelby County this month, more than 10,000 acres of land have been preserved for future generations through the Bicentennial Nature Trust. More than 1,800 torch bearers have been selected for the Bicentennial Torch Relay.  The map is set, and available on our website.  Be sure to plan to participate when the Torch races through your county, and through your hometown.

      June 7 will be the first day of issue of Indiana’s Bicentennial stamp.  Get a supply from your local post office and use them proudly for the remainder of the year – maybe even through 2017 - as it features a beautiful Indiana scene....


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JUNE 2016

affair on the square

Art Affair on the Square
June 20, 9 am- 4 pm

fountain gallery

Fountain Gallery Exhibition: Pop! Goes Purdue

May 10- June 11, 12- 7 pm



Escape to Kirklin

June 11, 8 am- 2 pm



randy good

Good's Candy Shop

Good’s Candy Shop has been in operation since 1981 in Anderson. Current owner Randy... READ MORE >

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May Bicentennial Commission Meeting

On May 20th the Indiana Bicentennial Commission held... READ MORE >


Cars and Community

It’s 4:00pm on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in September of 2015. The City of Angola’s...READ MORE >


Summer Interns Join Bicentennial Staff

Three interns have joined the Bicentennial team for the summer... READ MORE >


First Day of Issue: The Bicentennial Stamp

In the United States and in Indiana, stamps have marked... READ MORE >

hoosier half dozen

Hoosier Half Dozen

Sam Alderfer is the Indiana Bicentennial Commission Social Media Coordinator. He joined the... READ MORE >



Josh Duke

Josh Duke, Hendricks County 

  • Communications Manager for Visit Hendricks County. 
  • Lives in Brownsburg with his wife and son. He enjoys sports and coaches his son's little league team.
  • When asked to be the Hendricks County Coordinator for the bicentennial, he wasn’t sure he was the best person for the job. Now nearly a year into the job, he's very grateful for the opportunity. He is thankful for all the help from local and state level Hoosiers.
  • "I love how the bicentennial has brought everyone together to celebrate those who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into our county and state," he said. "I’m most looking forward to the Torch Relay coming through Hendricks County on Sept. 23 and seeing 24 past and current Hendricks County residents honored by getting to carry the torch."

Learn more about Hendricks County > 


lynn lucas

Lynn Lucas, Bartholomew County

  • Retired tourism executive for Columbus Area Visitors Center
  • Proud Hoosier born in Sullivan County she has lived in Terre Haute, Vigo County; Griffith, Lake County; and Columbus, Bartholomew County.
  • Excited that Bartholomew County’s Torch Relay route will feature some of our world-class architecture.
  • Very pleased that Bicentennial celebration provides a countywide opportunity for collaboration.

Learn more about Bartholomew County >


200 Days of Birthdays

video instructions

200 Days of Birthdays  

Can you believe it? We are less than 200 days out from Statehood Day, and Indiana's 200th Birthday! We are celebrating with 200 Days of Birthdays. Every day we will post a video of Hoosiers from around the state wishing Indiana a happy birthday. 

This is your chance to be a part of the Bicentennial! Submit your own video telling us how you are celebrating. Our first video is of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission! You can watch it on the Indiana 2016 YouTube channel.

The details:

- The videos will be published on our website and social media platforms

- When you take your video hold your phone horizontally and say who you are, how you're celebrating the Bicentennial and, of course, wish Indiana a happy birthday

- Submit your videos to


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