Born as the 19th state on December 11, 1816, Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday this year—and the state isn’t taking it lightly. Pretty much anywhere you go, you will find some community project or celebration in full swing to honor Indiana’s Bicentennial.
Not one to procrastinate, Indiana kicked off their festivities on December 11, 2015, counting down the days until the exact anniversary. Since then, the entire year of 2016 has hosted commemorative events in every corner of this state, and more are in progress.
Some conservative nods have been given to Indiana’s rich history. One project includes putting markers along the original northern route of the Lincoln Highway along with a memorial-like gazebo in Goshen with a plaque describing the highway’s development. One reason state representatives wanted to push these bicentennial celebrations was in hopes of making Hoosier’s aware of the legacy that surrounds them.
There are quirkier celebrations, too. For instance, the “Bison Tennial” project is putting one 5-foot tall fiberglass bison in each of the state’s 92 counties. The Department of Natural Resources has named 2016 the Indiana Bicentennial Birding Big Year, encouraging bird watchers to try and spot 200 different birds before the year is over. Those that can log at least 100 will receive a decal from the Indiana Audubon Society.
There’s still time to take place in bird watching, fiberglass bison hunting, and many other bicentennial celebrations this year. Check out local events calendars to see what projects or celebrations are taking place in your county. You know all of us at Basney Honda will be celebrating in Mishawaka near South Bend, IN.