Indiana Bicentennial Commission July Newsletter

July 2016  Volume 27


All About Hoosier People

This month we are focusing on the people of Indiana – people who design, plan, lead, volunteer, and participate to make their great state a better place for our children to live, work, play and eventually raise their own families.


There are some Hoosiers you should learn more about.  Some names may be familiar, some may be new. Study them a bit and interpret their lessons to fit your life today, there is something to learn from each of them. These are some of the people who have built the Hoosier state.

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happy birthday

Wish Indiana a Happy 200th Birthday!


We want to celebrate Indiana's birthday with Hoosiers just like you! We will share a video every day until Statehood Day on December 11. That's less that 200 days away! To do that, we want you to send us a short, 15-second video. In your video introduce yourself, wish Indiana a Happy Birthday, and tell us how you and your family, organization, town, city or county are celebrating the Bicentennial.

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JULY 2016


Plainfield Farmers' Market Celebrating 200 Years of Farming
July 13
4 - 7 PM

haan museum

Haan Museum Guided Tours
July 16 - 17

10 AM - 3 PM




Celebrate Indiana Archaeology Month

The Department of Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation and... READ MORE >


Art2TheExtreme, A Bicentennial Marketplace Vendor

My name is Nicole Lewis and I am a crayon artisan and the creator of the

Original...READ MORE >


Hoosier Half Dozen: Valeri Beamer

Valeri Beamer is the Indiana Bicentennial Commission Communications Coordinator...READ MORE >


Dazzling Quilt Gardens in Elkhart County

Nineteen Quilt Gardens sites around Elkhart County and Shipshewana will be abuzz with activity through Oct. 1 as...READ MORE >

solar challenge

Where the Sun Meets the Road

Imagine traveling more than 1,800 miles without a drop of fuel, without plugging in to any...READ MORE >


Tippecanoe County Quilter Honored 

Gloria Klutzke is a fiber-artist from Tippecanoe County. More than five years ago she began thinking about how she might... READ MORE >



Laura Lee

Laura Lee, Benton County

  • Program Coordinator for her hometown library, the Otterbein Public Library
  • Grew up in the country just south of Otterbein, west of West Lafayette, right where three counties converge; Benton, Warren, and Tippecanoe. 
  • She is an avid outdoors woman, enjoys playing tennis, is a member of the Otterbein Rotary Club, and the secretary for the Benton County Chamber of Commerce. 
  • “I graduated from Purdue University with a major in history," she said. "So naturally when I heard there was still a need for a Benton County coordinator at the 2015 District 2 ILF meeting, I was excited to step up for this historic event.” 
  • “The torch relay has created a lot of buzz in our community. The Legacy Projects have been an excellent opportunity for our vast rural county to connect. We have 5 distinct small towns spread across 407 square miles. The Bicentennial provides a unifying factor for everyone; celebrating our communities’ rich history. the collaborations between our towns, schools, libraries, clubs, churches, and organizations have truly been inspiring.” 

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Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence honor the first Governor of Indiana Jonathan Jennings


The State of Indiana is commemorating 43 of its founders throughout the state during the month of June.  The ceremonies are open to the public and will feature remarks on the 1816 Constitutional Convention, keynote addresses on the individual delegates, and a wreath or flower laying ceremony.

On June 10, 1816, forty-three men gathered in Corydon to decide the fate of Indiana Statehood and draft the state's first constitution.  “These men helped shape Indiana and their contributions were significant to Indiana’s birth and development,” said State Archivist Jim Corridan.  

These events are a program of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA).   From June 9 to June 29, the constitutional delegates buried in Indiana will be honored.  For a calendar of these events please visit The IARA events honoring the State’s founders are an officially endorsed bicentennial legacy project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.



About the Indiana Archives and Records Administration
The Indiana Archives and Records Administration collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Perhaps most importantly during this bicentennial year, the Indiana Archives also retains the State’s Constitutions. Visit the Collections Page  for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indexes of select records.