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Bicentennial Events

In June 2016, in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial, the Indiana Archives and Records Administration honored the Founders of Indiana: forty-three early settlers who met in Corydon two-hundred years ago to establish Indiana’s statehood and write its first Constitution. During the month of June the Archives staff planned a series of graveside memorials to honor these early pioneers. From June 9 to June 29, 2016, they traveled around the state to memorialize each 1816 State Constitutional Delegate with a public ceremony at his burial site. Each event featured an IARA staff person serving as Master of Ceremonies, a keynote speaker who shared information about the delegate’s life and achievements, a flag ceremony, a wreath-laying, and in some cases military honors and/or music.
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016

    • Noblesville, IN – Noblesville City Hall, 8:30 AM. – James Noble

  • Friday, June 10, 2016

    • Near Corydon, IN – Pennington Chapel, 12 PM – Dennis Pennington
      --- Keynote Speaker: State Rep. Rhonda Rhoads

    • Near Laconia, IN – Old Goshen Cemetery, 1:30 PM – John Boone

  • Saturday, June 11, 2016

    • Bloomington, IN – Rose Hill Cemetery, 11:30 AM – William Lowe, David H. Maxwell
      --- Keynote Speakers: State Rep. Matt Pierce, Dr. James H. Capshew

    • Near Vallonia, IN – Driftwood Church Cemetery, 1:30 PM – William Graham

  • Monday, June 13, 2016

    • Near Carlisle, IN – Johnson Cemetery, 10:30 AM – John Benefiel

    • Carlisle, IN – Carlisle Old City Cemetery, 12 PM – James Scott
      --- Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice Brent Dickson, ret.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    • Vincennes, IN – Greenlawn Cemetery, 10:30 AM – John Badollet

    • Near Vincennes, IN – Indiana Presbyterian Cemetery, 12 PM – John Johnson
      --- Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice Loretta Rush

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    • Rockport, IN – Old Rockport Pioneer Cemetery (now occupied by the South Spencer School Corporation), 11:30 AM (CDT) – Daniel Grass

    • Near Tobinsport, IN – Lamb Cemetery at the intersection of Tobinsport Road and Highwater Road, 1:30 PM (CDT) – Charles Polke

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016

    • Near New Trenton, IN – Braysville Cemetery, 10:30 AM – Solomon Manwaring

    • Lawrenceburg, IN – Dearborn County Courthouse, 12 PM – James Dill

    • Greendale, IN – Greendale Cemetery, 1:30 PM – Ezra Ferris

  • Friday, June 17, 2016

    • Salem, IN – Crown Hill Cemetery, 11:30 AM – John DePauw, Benjamin Parke
      --- Keynote Speaker: Attorney General Greg Zoeller

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016

    • Winchester, IN – Jericho Friends Meeting House, 4010 E - 100 S, 10 AM – Jeremiah Cox

    • Richmond, IN – Elkhorn Cemetery, 12 PM – Hugh Cull, Joseph Holman

    • Cambridge City, IN – Bicentennial mini-park gazebo at US 40 and Foote Street, 1:30 PM – Patrick Beard

  • Monday, June 20, 2016

    • Near Delphi, IN – Morning Heights Cemetery, 12 PM – Samuel Milroy

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    • Connersville, IN – Covered Bridge Shelter in Roberts Park, 2900 N Park Rd, 10 AM – James Brownlee
      --- Keynote Speaker: State Representative Tom Saunders

    • Brookville, IN – Old Brookville Cemetery, 12 PM – Enoch McCarty

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    • New Albany, IN – Fairview Cemetery, 10:30 AM – Patrick Shields

    • New Albany, IN – Scott Cemetery, 12 PM – John K. Graham

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

    • Jeffersonville, IN – Colston Memorial Park, 10:30 AM – James Lemon

    • Sellersburg, IN – Silver Creek Cemetery, 12 PM – Thomas Carr, Sr.

  • Friday, June 24, 2016

    • Madison, IN – John Paul Park, 10 AM – Nathaniel Hunt

    • Hanover, IN – Hanover Cemetery, 12 PM – Samuel Smock

    • Mount Sterling, IN – Mount Sterling Cemetery, 2 PM – William Cotton

  • Saturday, June 25, 2016

    • Princeton, IN – Warnock Cemetery, 10 AM CENTRAL time – Alexander Devin

      *Located at the Northeast corner of Warnock and Main streets in Princeton*
    • Near Owensville, IN – W.H.H. Smith Cemetery, 11:30 AM CENTRAL time – James Smith

      * Located about 160 yards east of CR-450W, and 1 mile north of the intersection of with CR-525S.  (north-northeast of an  abandoned farm house.)*
    • Near Hazleton, IN – David Robb Cemetery, 1 PM CENTRAL time – David Robb
      --- Keynote Speaker: State Auditor Suzanne Crouch

    • Mount Vernon, IN – Sherburne Park, 3 PM CENTRAL time – Dann Lynn
      --- Keynote Speaker: State Auditor Suzanne Crouch

  • Monday, June 27, 2016

    • Ft. Wayne, IN – McCulloch Park (former Broadway Cemetery), 12 PM - William Polke
      -- Keynote Speaker: Senate President Pro-Tem David Long

  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    • Indianapolis, IN – Floral Park Cemetery, 10 AM – Daniel C. Lane
      --- Keynote Speaker: Treasurer Kelly Mitchell

    • Indianapolis, IN – Crown Hill Cemetery, 12 PM – Robert Hanna

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    • Charlestown, IN – Charlestown City Cemetery, 12 PM – Jonathan Jennings
      --- Keynote Speaker: Governor Mike Pence

    State Historic Records Board Historical Document Preservation and Digitization Grant!

    The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) announced the availability of two grant opportunities, Archival Assessment and Digitization Grants. The archival assessment grant allows for institutions to hire a consultant to analyze the conditions of historical records and report recommendations. Digitization grants are available as a means for entities to digitize specific types of records that may currently be at risk. The digitization of these documents will allow citizens and interested parties greater access to these records through preservation and online availability.


    The SHRAB provided grant funds of up to $5,000, requiring a local match in cash or in‐kind of an equal amount of the total project cost. These grants were available to not‐for‐profit organizations and units of local government in the State of Indiana. Priority was given to institutions whose records were currently at risk. The grant funds were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives.


    “The State Archives and Indiana SHRAB are pleased to provide this opportunity to preserve and make accessible the historic records of Indiana, primarily those at risk of being lost forever,” said Jim Corridan, State Coordinator of the Indiana SHRAB. “This grant could make the difference in successfully completing future research or family history.”