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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Buford Bison Photo
Q&A with County Coordinators Sheryl Prentice & David Ober

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

  • All-In Block Party, Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, "Bison-tennial" public art project with the most bison on display of any county, and the Noble County Bicentennial Mural.

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

  • Noble County had 22 as of November 2016. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site had eight projects relating to the famous author. Projects were diverse, with the Kendallville Apple Festival and Stone's Trace Pioneer Festival depicting pioneer life, historical books by local authors, and the Tombstone Trail guide book, sharing stories of Noble County people with connections to local and state history who are buried in the county's historical cemeteries.

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

  • For Sheryl, it was riding in the lead police car during the torch relay and seeing people's faces light up with joy when the saw the torch for the first time. Another great memory is collecting 317 autographs on Noble the Bison at the All-In Block Party. A clear coat protects the signatures and the bison is on display near the historic Albion Opera House. Also seeing a large crowd attend the unveiling of the county mural and their excitement in seeing it for the first time.

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

  • Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 8983 N. 350 E., Rome City, IN 46784. A large scrapbook contains documents and a permanent display case and framed photographs will be created for Torch No. 75.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • Steering committee, 12, torch relay drivers, 11, hundreds for the block party and 12 for the mural project.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 3,000 to 4,000.

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $31,000 estimated.

Noble County Legacy Projects

Photos from Noble County's Bicentennial Activities

Bison Party

Noble County Facts

Noble County was formed in 1836. It was named for Governor Noah Noble, the fifth Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana from 1831 to 1837. His two terms focused largely on internal improvements, culminating in the passage of the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act, which was viewed at the time as his crowning achievement.

Did you know that Sand Hill, the second-highest point in Indiana, is located in Noble County? It is 1076 feet/328 metres tall. 

County Seat: Albion
Year Organized: 1835
Square Miles: 410.84

Noble County Steering Committee

  • Sheryl Prentice
  • David Ober
  • Beth Shellman
  • Leigh Pranger
  • Joy LeCount
  • Mick Newton
  • Sara Hobson
  • Dave Fox
  • Tiffany Conrad
  • Sam Boggs
  • Bill Ley
  • Suzanne Handshoe
  • Patty Fisel
  • Chad Kline