Indiana Bicentennial Commission Endorses Five Hendricks County Projects, Events

Visit Hendricks CountyHENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind., March 1, 2016 — The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its February meeting at the Indiana State Museum on Feb. 19. A record-breaking number of Legacy Projects and Events were submitted with 144 approved this round, including five in Hendricks County, bringing the statewide total to 1,058.

Hendricks County projects approved this round include:

The “Indiana Bicentennial Symbols and Emblems” project is a year-long adventure during which the staff and patrons of the Avon-Washington Township Public Library will explore the meaning of the symbols and emblems of Indiana. This adventure will combine programs, events, displays and interactive games. All activities will include historical information, photographs of the featured symbol or emblem and fun ways for the public to identify with them.

First Baptist Church of Amo’s 150 Years in Ministry Celebration is in essence a reflection of Indiana’s fundamental values. The church will hold a three-day celebration with games, music and more. Former pastors will bring words of encouragement to the community. The history walk will feature the Vandalia Trail, Interurban Station, Community Building, local schools and more. The goal of the celebration is to create a legacy for the future while celebrating the past 150 years and engage and inspire youth and young adults.

The Danville Rotary Club in conjunction with the town of Danville has created the Jack Willard Community Park as a tribute to the men and women who have served as firefighters.  The park will be located along U.S. 36 and Kentucky Avenue and its design will incorporate the traditional Maltese cross logo and a series of murals depicting the history of fire equipment. Sufficient green space will be allocated to allow families to relax and enjoy nature along with fire truck-styled play equipment. 

The local B&O Trail Association received endorsement for its second Bicentennial project, a B&O Trailhead & Crosswalk. The trailhead will be located on the east side of Ind. 267 across from Frazee Gardens. A signalized crosswalk for trail users also will be installed where the trail crosses Ind. 267 as it is extended to the west.

The Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Maple Sirup Days, which celebrates the history of traditional maple sirup making passed down from the Native Americans including the tapping of trees to the processing of the sweet treat. The event will be held over two Saturdays, March 5 & 12 at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem.

If your organization would like to create a Legacy Project for the Bicentennial, please contact your local county coordinator, Josh Duke, at Legacy Project applications are considered for approval at every meeting of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

About the Indiana Bicentennial Commission

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is a fifteen-member body, chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.

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