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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Randolph County Courthouse
Q&A with County Coordinator Ceann Bales

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county’s bicentennial celebration?

  • The key accomplishments of our bicentennial celebrations were educating young and old alike on the great accomplishments and sacrifices of Hoosiers before us that made the Indiana that we call home.  We hope this inspired citizens in our community to be the trailblazers and innovators for the next 200 years.

What Legacy Project do you most like to tell people about, and why?

  • Our tulip tree legacy project is the one we are most proud of.  Tulip trees were planted at our local schools, hospital,  and on the lawn of our county courthouse in honor of the Bicentennial.  These trees will grow and show future generations our love for our state and environment.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's bicentennial celebration.

  • A highlight of Randolph County's bicentennial celebration would be when  the "Play it by Ear" Quartet sang "Back Home Again In Indiana" at the opening ceremonies of our event in our county's courthouse. The song echoed through the halls of our historic courthouse paying tribute to those pioneer Hoosiers.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your county's celebration?

  • We are creating a binder with pictures, news clippings, marketing materials of all of our county's celebrations to be housed at the Randolph County Historical Society.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 50.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 1,000.

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $3,000.

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $3,000.

Randolph County Legacy Projects

Photos from Randolph County's Bicentennial Activities/Events

Guy in gym Randolph County

Randolph County Facts

The county was almost certainly named for Randolph County, North Carolina, where the area’s first settlers came from. That county was named for Peyton Randolph, the first President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Union City, Randoph County is home to world-class chocolate confectionary – Ghyslain “chocolet des beaux arts”. Savor smooth ganache, fresh fruit purees, liqueurs and nuts of highest quality. Ghyslain creates hand-painted works of culinary art.

About the “Country Life Movement” Randolph County answered the problem of rural decline in the early twentieth century by embracing much of this movement. The major act was the movement to consolidate the county’s rural schools.

Lee L. Driver, a county native who became the nation’s leading expert on rural school consolidation lead the cause. Randolph County became the exemplar of the movement and was the subject of many publications and visits from officials from as far away as Canada and China.

County Seat: Winchester
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 452.38

Randolph County Bicentennial Committee

  • Ceann Bales
  • Angie Davis
  • Tom Franklin
  • Kathy Haney
  • Scottie Harvey
  • Steve McCoy
  • Marcie Nicholson
  • Jim Nunez
  • Bill Richmond
  • Dustin Shannon
  • Nicole Van Note