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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Jasper County
Q&A with County Coordinator Karen Wilson

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

  • The participation and willingness to be involved!

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

  • All of Jasper County's legacies!

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

  • Our Torch Relay/parade where all were recognized.

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

  • We are creating an area in our County Courthouse to display our Torch and our painted Bison and all of the memorabilia.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 30+.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 2,500.

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $3,000.

Jasper County Legacy Projects

Jasper County Facts

The county was named for Sgt. William Jasper, a famous scout for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Jasper became famous in 1776, during the bombardment of Fort Moultrie, for erecting a new flagstaff under fire after the American flag had been shot down.

The Civil War greatly impacted Jasper County when they enlisted 935 soldiers on behalf of the Union. This large amount was considered an impressive amount at the time with the average population centered around 5,000 people.

St. Joseph’s Indian Normal School was established in 1888. Each year, the school trained 60 Native American boys until 1896. The school was operated by the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions.

County Seat: Rensselaer
Year Organized: 1835
Square Miles: 559.63