Indiana Bicentennial Commission November Newsletter

November 2016  Volume 31


Bicentennial celebrations in full swing around the state

By: Perry Hammock


I drove a lot this weekend.  And what a great drive it was. First was a fast trip on I-69 to Fort Wayne accompanied by a symphony of turning leaves.  I was fortunate to participate in the last of nine Green Lights Awards ceremonies honoring individuals and businesses making Indiana more environmentally friendly for our children and theirs.  Sustainable Indiana 2016 has singled out nearly 200 worthy recipients to receive these awards and help us all learn how to be better stewards of our Indiana home.  Learn more at


Then, I zigzagged across the back roads to North Manchester to take the Bison Art tour.  It was North Manchester that gave birth to the “Bison-tennial.”  If you go, have a bite at Zook’s downtown and ask where all the bison are.  We had time to document 13 of them, but still missed several. They are, to a bison, creative, well executed, inspiring, and downright cute. It is a wonderful partnership between service organizations, Manchester University, local schools, businesses and volunteers.  Perfect smile-making for a fall day.


Next, off to Wabash for the downtown cultural tour – visiting local restaurants, learning more about Modoc, the amazing wandering elephant, and celebrating the town’s selection as a Stellar Community in Indiana.  The first electrically lighted community has turned on a lot of bright lights in 2016!


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tree trim


State Holiday Tree Trim

10 a.m. - Noon

Dec. 2

Indiana State House


Celebrate Indiana: Ignite the Future

10 a.m. - Noon

Dec. 11

Indiana Farmers Coliseum 


J Kyle Keener

Galveston 4th graders learn about 1816 way of life for Bicentennial

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holiday wishlist

A holiday wishlist from the Indiana Bicentennial Marketplace

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Coaster Stone

The origin of CoasterStone

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Silver Medal

Silver Bicentennial Medal available for order through Nov. 4

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Hoosier Half Dozen: Writers and Stories

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refind originals

ReFind Originals dedicated to repurpose and recycle

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Evie Kirkwood

Evie Kirkwood, St. Joseph County

Evie is the director of St. Joseph County Parks – The County Parks are also “Celebrating 50 Years of Outdoor Fun” this year, so it was a natural for her to assist with many projects the Bicentennial steering committee coordinated over the past 10 months, including a deck of St. Joseph County playing cards featuring historic sites and parks, as well as “Geocache St. Joe County,” a 15-site geocache circuit highlighting unique areas in many surrounding towns and parks.

  • It was fitting that the torch relay ended its St. Joseph County leg in Bendix Woods County Park, the first park in the St. Joseph County Parks system, and that is where we coordinated and hosted the Bicentennial Birthday Bash (a party 200 years in the making) with more than 2,200 people in attendance, and more than 40 organizations taking part. From the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi to Historic New Carlisle, everyone was eager to pitch in to make the event a huge success.
  • What an honor to assist with the torch relay, as well. It was delight to meet all our county torch bearers including artists,  spiritual leaders, firefighters, teachers and philanthropists. It’s these folks and many others that enrich the fabric of our communities.
  • Although it was lots of work, (and there were a few times I was heard to say “thank heavens this only happens every 200 years!”) it gave me a chance to work with some fantastic people to celebrate St. Joseph County and Indiana’s heritage!
  • When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, birdwatching, motorcycling and visiting parks – including the great Indiana State Parks!

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Susie Schulte, Greene County

Susie is a retired educator. She lives in Bloomfield with her husband, Don. 

  • My hobbies include spending time with my son, his wife, my perfect grandson and my daughter. I enjoy reading, traveling and volunteering. 
  • I serve on the Bloomfield Park Board and the Greene County Hospital Foundation Board. I volunteer for several athletic teams at Bloomfield High School.
  • Celebrating Indiana's 200th birthday has been a wonderful experience. I have been able to plan and participate in numerous events that have made me extremely proud of my county and state. I have met many wonderful people along this year-long journey - some have become great friends that will last a lifetime. Thanks for allowing me to play a small part in the celebration of Indiana. It's been such a great experience.  

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