Indiana Bicentennial Commission September Newsletter

September 2016  Volume 29


Wow - it's almost the Bicentennial: the view from 100 days out

By: Perry Hammock, Sept. 2, 2016


Today we are 100 days from December 11.  To think that the Indiana Bicentennial Commission volunteers have been working for almost five years now to make sure we can honor this time in history.   Thanks to them all!  Please check out our new social media campaign for September, where we compare and contrast 1916 and 2016; centennial to bicentennial.  Our social media team – Sam Alderfer and Jylian Vigar - have brought great accolades to the bicentennial effort in Indiana.  September will be another award winning month, I am sure!  If you have photos or reminiscences from 1916, let us know, perhaps we can weave them into this exciting month-long initiative.


Fall seems to be a traditional time to honor sports.  Baseball just sort of finishing up, football just underway, basketball on the horizon, hockey, volleyball, soccer, cross country, golf, tennis – the list is seemingly endless.  Indiana has great representation in sports.  Seventeen Olympians from our state competed well in Rio and many wore their Indiana colors proudly.  Nine Hoosier Paralympians will compete on the same venues in Rio in mid September.  These great athletes represent our state well in the highest level of competition in their sports.  Congratulations to them all!


For the rest of us, the non-Olympians, there is a plethora of things to do that will get you active during the Bicentennial.  From Hoosier Campfires sponsored by Indiana Humanities, to exhilarating bicycle adventures at the Griffin Bike Park in Terre Haute, now is the time to get outdoors and smell the flowers, watch the birds, photograph the natural wonders, and ride, motor, hike, bike, canoe or just perambulate around the state.  All manner of possibilities are easily found on our website – or check with the Department of Natural Resources (did you  know you can check out a free State Park pass form any public library this year?), Indiana Humanities (I am going to the Gene Stratton Porter campfire on October 8), the Indiana Department of Health and your local Bicentennial Committee.


Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Hoosier Homecoming on October 15. This free, family event will take place on the Statehouse campus from noon to 5 pm. Free parking will be available in state parking garages.  Reenactors, mascots and characters will roam the grounds, entertainment will be top notch, historic tours of the Statehouse will be offered, and we will welcome the Bicentennial Torch to the end of its 3,200 mile journey around Indiana.  It’s a day not to be missed.


Enjoy summer, fall is on the way!



Hoosier homecoming










Hoosier Homecoming

October 15

Noon - 4:30

ignite the future

Ignite the Future
Dec. 11


Torch Relay Kickoff
Sept. 9


ball state

Ball State Field Trips explore Indiana

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nature park

Legacy project given to Hoosier children

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Hoosier designs Indiana Mainstreet poster

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hoosier half

Hoosier half dozen: Jylian Vigar

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Mike Kase, Madison County

  • He is the lead Sales Representative with Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, a Centaur Gaming Destination
  • He is a lifelong Indiana resident in Anderson and Madison County
  • He is a Tour and Travel professional dedicated to promotion of Indiana Tourism
  • He is President of East Region Indiana Tourism Marketing Co-Op and a board member of the Indiana Foodways Alliance
  • He enjoys visiting Indiana attractions, parks, fairs and festivals
  • He is an avid golfer and NFL football fan

Click here to learn more about Madison County! >



Becky Higgins, Posey County

  • She loves working with the Indiana Bicentennial, especially because she is celebrating the Bicentennial for her hometown, Mount Vernon, too!
  • She is starting her third term on the Mount Vernon City Council
  • She loves to volunteer!

Click here to learn more about Posey County! > 





How would you like to be featured on a postcard or a billboard? Now you can be! 

Submit your best photo of the Ohio County/Rising Sun area to the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Bicentennial Postcard Contest by Sept. 10.

Send in photos of scenery, landscapes, events and historical sites in Ohio County. All submissions will be judged by professional photographers. Prizes include $1,000 in cash prizes, one winner will be featured on a billboard and at least four will be selected for postcards.

Photographers must be at least 13-years-old to enter. 


Click here for more information!  >