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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Q&A with Miami County Coordinator Vicki Draper

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

  • Getting together a key group of citizens whom we can call upon again to do activities and programs.  Starting some activities that will be annual.

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

  • The Living Cemetery, because we had a large turnout and we were asked to do it again this year.

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

  • The way the community funded, volunteered, and attended the events.

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

  • The Miami County Museum

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 90

Estimated total attendance.

  • 3,805

Estimated dollar amount raised (if applicable).

  • $20,000

Estimated dollar amount spent (if applicable).

  • $20,000

Miami County Legacy Projects

Miami County Facts

Miami County was formed in 1832 from Cass County and unorganized land. It was named for the Miami, a Native American people, many of whom still live in this area.

About the courthouse: Lehman and Schmitt were the architects and the building was completed in 1910.

Peru, Indiana was once known as the “Circus Capital of America.”

County Seat: Peru
Year Organized: 1832
Square Miles: 373.84