Bicentennial Commission Approves Three Hendricks County Legacy Projects


Indiana Bicentennial LogoHENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind., July 28, 2016 – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its July meeting at the Richmond Art Museum on July 8, 2016, and approved 85 Legacy Projects this round, including three in Hendricks County.

The three Hendricks County projects endorsed by the state included:

“Going Native with Animalia” which connects people to the animals in their own back yard and to demonstrate the diversity of species within the state of Indiana. The changing face of the landscape by humans has played a significant role in the change of native animal population sizes and species diversity. Participants will meet native species such as birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in this interactive animal education program. This project takes place in Hendricks, Tippecanoe, Marion, Boone and Hamilton counties.

“Play’nfield in the Park” is Plainfield’s new performing arts festival scheduled for this Saturday, July 30. The event will feature performances from Plainfield-based bands, and a “Plainfield’s Got Talent” show starting in the afternoon. A special performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace,” a classic American play will begin at 7 p.m. at the Hummel Park Amphitheatre. Bicentennial logos will be displayed throughout, and announcements will inform attendees this is a Bicentennial Legacy project. Food trucks will be available, or bring your picnic dinners, blankets and chairs and enjoy an evening guaranteed to be full of fun!

The Brownsburg Educational Foundation’s project “Log Cabin Homestead” will restore a log cabin that was previously built on school property to replicate a one-room house from the mid-1800s. Student groups will participate in role–playing stations to learn how pioneer families lived and the experiences they had during this time period. Students will play outdoor games, tend to a garden and participate in other pioneer activities.

Hendricks County now has 28 local projects and events that have been approved by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission since endorsements began and is hopeful for more throughout this year. The next two deadlines are this Friday, July 29 and Sept. 2. Endorsed Hendricks County projects also can seek $250 in funding through the Visit Hendricks County Bicentennial Grant.

If your organization would like to create a Legacy Project, seek endorsement for an event for the Bicentennial or apply for a bicentennial grant or if you have any questions, please contact your local county coordinator, Josh Duke, at or go online to


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