document.write("\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eIndiana\u0027s Bicentennial - A Year to Remember, A Legacy to Continue\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eBy: Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman, Indiana Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairs Five years ago, former Governor Mitch Daniels announced the creation of the Bicentennial Commission. Although it seems like yesterday that the Bicentennial journey began, these last few years were filled with countless meetings and conversations, solid accomplishments and a deeper\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003e\"Bison-Tennial\" herd sweeps the state\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eYou may have heard about the life-size fiberglass bison popping up around the state. Or you may have seen one in your town. But why? What do bison have to do with Indiana? Although you might not see many bison roaming the Indiana countryside today, that wasn’t the case 200\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003e200 Days of Birthdays is statewide celebration\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eWhile reading about Bicentennial celebrations is exciting, seeing and hearing Hoosiers celebrate the Bicentennial is even more exciting! May 25, 2016 marked 200 days from Indiana’s true Bicentennial – December 11. To commemorate those 200 days, the Bicentennial Commission featured birthday messages on its website and social media pages. The\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eBicentennial Marketplace celebrates Hoosier artisans\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eThe Bicentennial year was a time to highlight the talent and work of Hoosiers – especially small business owners, artisans and craftspeople. The Bicentennial Marketplace was created for that very purpose. The Bicentennial Marketplace was launched on February 24, 2016 at Murray’s Jewelers in Muncie. Murray’s Jewelers was the perfect\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eBicentennial partners made the year possible\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eBehind the glitz, glam and excitement of the Bicentennial year there was tireless work and support by a variety of Hoosier partners. It was the dedication of those partners that made the Bicentennial year a true success. Influential groups and organizations were solicited to be part of the Bicentennial and\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eCelebrating Bicentennial weekend\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eIndiana’s Bicentennial weekend was full of history, fun and Hoosier pride. Friday On Friday, December 9, 500 4th grade students celebrated Indiana’s Statehood at the Indiana Statehouse. Another 1,200 gathered at the Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum and Indiana Historical Society. The students visited booths to get their “passport”\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eCommemorative Bicentennial items\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eAs with any major milestone, the Bicentennial will be remembered for years to come. One way it will be remembered is through the commemorative items that were offered to the public. The official commemorative items included a book, medal and flag. The book, “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eIBC focus on health and well being of children\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eThe members of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission devoted much of their time and effort to the health and well being of Indiana children. The Commissioners recognized that Hoosier children are the lasting legacy of the Bicentennial year. To encourage Indiana businesses, agencies and individuals to join in this overarching Bicentennial\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eLegacy Projects celebrate Bicentennial\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eOne of the first orders of business for the newly created Indiana Bicentennial Commission in 2012 was to ensure that the state’s Bicentennial would not only take place in the capital city, but would engage Hoosiers from all corners of the state. The only question was how to make that\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e\u003ctr\u003e\u003ctd class=event_title\u003e\u003ca href=\"\" target=\"blank\" \u003eNature Trust protects Indiana land\u003c/a\u003e - January\u003c/td\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"event_desc\"\u003eIn celebration of Indiana’s Centennial in 1916, the State of Indiana authorized the creation of the state park system as a gift to the people of Indiana. In the likeness of the Centennial celebration, former Governor Mitch Daniels announced the Bicentennial Nature Trust in his 2012 State of the State\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/td\u003e\u003chr\u003e");