Indiana Bicentennial Commission Endorses Three Hendricks County Projects


DANVILLE, Ind., April 18, 2016 — The Indiana Bicentennial Commission on April 8 approved 138 Legacy Projects in its latest round of bicentennial endorsements, including three projects in Hendricks County.

Hendricks County projects approved this round include:

  • Students from Cascade Middle School will create a digital archive for a collection of Civil War letters. Students will scan the original documents, transcribe the letters and research the people and locations found within the letters. The transcribed Civil War letters will be displayed in a digital archive to further promote and celebrate Indiana’s lasting legacy. This project allows students to do the work of a historian and “create history.”


  • “The Porch Celebrates Early Education in Indiana” project is an educational display. The Porch is a tearoom located in Danville in a refurbished one-room schoolhouse formerly known as District #5 Jordan School. The school was open from 1856 through 1929. By providing stories, pictures and artifacts about the history of this schoolhouse, youth and adults alike will get a relevant and engaging picture of the legacy of education in Indiana as they learn about one of the oldest schools in Hendricks County.


  • The Hendricks County Historical Museum, the 1866 former home of the County Sheriff and Jail, will be open for the holidays. Decorated with trees, ornaments and toys that families enjoyed over the years, the displays give a chance to explore the changes in decorating styles and in the toys that children played with and give adults an opportunity to remember and share their fond memories of Christmas celebrations. The Museum will be open from 5–7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and Sunday afternoons from Nov. 27–Dec. 18.

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. to learn more about Indiana’s bicentennial history in the making.

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