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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Q&A with County Coordinators Corine Humes and Linda Rippey

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

  • The various events and legacy projects brought the communities together, working for a common cause.

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

  • "Recording the American Perspective" 

    The Marshall County Historical Society collaborated with the Weidner School of Inquiry Sophomore Class at Plymouth High School to film and document the stories of 45 local World War II Veterans and housewives of Veterans.  
    After filming this three day project, the Historical Society held an open house to celebrate and honor the Veterans.  Many of the students, their families, and the public attended the open house and the Veterans were presented a set of DVD’s with all the interviews. 
    The first hand personal experiences that these students had are never taught in a book and it became very emotional to many of the students.  Not only did the Veterans bring in memorabilia, some of the students brought WWII artifacts from their family which gave both generations a connection to each other. 

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

  • The evening that the Marshall County Church Orchestra presented an evening of music from Indiana songwriters and Indiana related songs.  The venue was packed and this group, led by Don Harness, was excellent!

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

  • We have collected photos, documents and artifacts in acid-free storage and they are preserved in the Marshall County Historical Society & Museum.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 25.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 1,800.

Marshall County Legacy Projects

Photos of Marshall County's Bicentennial Activities and Events

Marshall County TorchbearersMarshall County 1Marshall County 2Marshall County BisonMarshall County Interview with Perry HammockMarshall County Torchbearers

Marshall County Facts

During the early years of European-American settlement and before the removal of the Potawatomi people in 1838, Marshall County was named for  U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, who died in 1835.

Marshall County is home to Culver Academies

Located in Culver, IN, Henry Harrison Culver first founded Culver Military Academy in 1894 “for the purpose of thoroughly preparing young men for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America.”

Coeducational since 1971, Culver Girls Academy was founded for the purpose of encouraging young women to attain the highest degree of self-development.The red brick buildings on the New England-esque, 1800-acre campus contain military touches like turrets and parapets and are located on the shore of beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee.

The chapel houses the second-largest pipe organ and clarion in the United States. Perhaps the academy’s biggest source of pride is its Black Horse Troop; the largest remaining mounted cavalry unit in the United States. The Troop has ridden in 13 presidential inaugural parades, starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s in 1913 through President George W. Bush’s in 2001.

The Trail of Death starts at the Menominee statue south of Plymouth. Chief Menominee and his band of Potawatomi Indians were forced to move from Indiana to Kansas in 1838 and many died. On September 4, 1909 the state of Indiana erected the Chief Menominee Statue in remembrance of the horror the Indians were put through and a memorial to the Potawatomi Indians. Located on Peach RD, Plymouth.

County Seat: Plymouth
Year Organized: 1835
Square Miles: 443.63

Marshall County Bicentennial Committee

  • Cori Humes, Co-chair
  • Linda Rippy, Co-Chair
  • Jessica Beatty
  • Kurt Garner
  • Maria Mikel
  • Amy DeLong
  • Louise Mason
  • Mary Grebe