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The Indiana Bicentennial Commission's main social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Over the last two years the Commission's social media platforms logged 23 million impressions, 570,000 engagements and drove thousands of people to the agency's website. The Commission has grown and developed an online social community of 30,000+ followers.
During the year, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission focused its social media content around monthly themes. The staff reached out to Hoosiers, community partners and organizations to share facts, stories, photos and videos related to each month's unique theme.
January - Indiana Government and Territorial History
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission shared stories about Indiana's constitutional history. From the act creating Indiana in 1800 to the Constitution of 1816, the Commission shared Indiana's early pioneer history. The Commission was able to share various historical documents and photos with the help of the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society.
February - Black History Month
Indiana's African-American community is rich in heritage and history. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission celebrated Black History Month throughout the month of February by helping promote Indiana's African American Heritage Trail as well as share the stories of prominent black Hoosiers, past and present.
March - Women's History
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission shared the stories of 40 famous Hoosier women throughout the month of March in honor of Women's History Month. The Bicentennial Commission partnered with the Indiana Commission for Women to help promote their "Writing Her Story" campaign.
April - Indiana Arts History
Throughout the month of April, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission will be celebrated arts everything! From famed painter, T.C. Steele to the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, many legends in the arts call Indiana home.
May - Indiana Racing and Automotive History
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is celebrated Indiana's transportation and racing history throughout the month of May. We honored everything from "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" to Indiana's Dan Patch.
June - Indiana Tourism and Landmarks History
During the month of June, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission celebrated Indiana's tourism. Indiana is filled with fascinating people, places, and things with unique and interesting histories. From Johnny Appleseed's grave to the town of Santa Claus, Indiana has a lot of great attractions to visit and explore.
July - Indiana State Parks and Natural Resource History
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission celebrated Indiana nature throughout the month of July. They featured the history behind Indiana's state parks and natural resources. With the help of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Commission was able to share historic photos and facts about each of Indiana's state parks.
August - Indiana Agriculture and Manufacturing History
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission shared stories, facts and photos about the states's interesting agricultural and manufacturing history. During the month of August, the Bicentennial Commission also used a TapSnap photo booth at the Indiana State Fair to engage with Hoosiers from around the state.
September - Children of Indiana
During the month of September, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission promoted its initiative on the health and well-being of Indiana children. In addition, the Commission honored both the people and institutions that provide learning opportunities for Hoosiers. Educators, teachers, scout and 4-H leaders, libraries, museums, historic schools and universities all have important roles in our state.
October - Indiana Sports History and Hoosier Athletes
In October we are featuring Indiana sports history! Indiana has a long-standing relationship with sports. We host Olympic trials, international sporting events, car and motorcycle races, and competitions both amateur and professional. Indiana is also home to Hoosier Hysteria, a statewide obsession where young people gather to compete and play for the most coveted basketball championship in the nation.
November - Indiana Veterans
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission shared stories about Indiana's veterans and war heroes. With the help of agencies such as the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indiana War Memorials Foundation, the Bicentennial Commission was able to share fascinating stories about Indiana's military history.
December - Indiana Statehood
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission shared the history of the events leading to Indiana's statehood in 1816. During the month of December, the Bicentennial Commission also highlighted many of its signature events and projects that were planned around Statehood Day weekend.
The Commission staff received a 2016 Digital Strategy and Impact Award for "Creative Use of Digital Citizen Engagement" from GovDelivery. Nominations for this award come from hundreds of government agencies across the United States as well as abroad. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission was chosen for outstanding innovative work. Award Winners were formally announced on September 29, 2016.