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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Madison County

Q&A with County Coordinator Mike Kase

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county's Bicentennial celebration?

  • Bringing together the public and private sectors to the goal of the unity of a One Indiana Celebration via the Bicentennial Torch Relay.

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

  • "Indiana Horses for Youth," a partnership with the Anderson Community Schools, Hoosier Horse Youth Foundation and Hoosier Park to provide a hands-on interactive tour of the horse industry, history of harness horses and Indiana agritourism for nearly 650 fourth grade students. The project focused on the the Youth and Education pillars of the Bicentennial Celebration.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's Bicentennial celebration?

  • The key moment was to feature education, parks and attractions with the Torch Relay route in Madison County. The torch launch at Anderson University as it celebrated its 100th anniversary, the visit to the premier horse industry attraction, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, and the tour through historical Falls Park in Pendleton. A celebration community luncheon.

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

  • A commemorative Torch replica is included in a special display at the Anderson Visitors Bureau. The display features key photos form the Torch Relay.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 75

Estimated total attendance.

  • 2,500

Madison County Legacy Projects

Madison County Facts

Madison County was named for James Madison, co-author of the Federalist Papers, and fourth President of the United States, from 1809 to 1817.

About the courthouse: Johnson and Richhart were the architects and the building was completed in 1973.

Pendleton, Indiana, Madison County, was the site of the “Fall Creek Massacre.” A museum housing 3500 artifacts of pioneer heritage now exists on that site.

Ten unique earthworks built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people can be found at Mounds State Park, located off I-69 east of Anderson.

The largest earthwork, the Great Mound, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys indicate the mounds were used as gathering places for religious ceremonies, from where astronomical alignments could be viewed.

County Seat: Anderson
Year Organized: 1823
Square Miles: 451.92

Madison County Bicentennial Committee

  • Mike Kase, Madison County Chairman, Hoosier Park Racking & Casino
  • Rachel Christenson, Town of Pendleton, Tochbearer Chairman & Coordinator
  • Matt Rust, Director, Anderson Visitors Bureau
  • Chris Williams, Director of Communications, Anderson University