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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Huntington County
Q&A with County Coordinators Steve Kimmel and Angie Garcia

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

  • Engaging the community and bringing a diverse group of people together to help celebrate Indiana. We hope people learned something new about the State of Indiana.

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

  • "We Had A Hand In The Bicentennial"

    This project was something that brought 450 fourth grade students together and showcased their talents as well as Indiana. At the same time, a learning experience that helped open the door to Indiana History, our state flag, and bringing the community together.

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

  • One highlight would be how the community came together to focus on making it a great celebration. Various organizations, people of all ages, city and county departments working together, and Torchbearers of all ages recognized for their efforts in our community.

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

  • A shadow box of memorabilia as well as the Torch,  is on display at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. A large stand alone, electric torch display is located at the county courthouse. The documentary was purchased for the Huntington County Historical Museum, as well as the Chamber of Commerce. A handbook is also available at the Chamber of Commerce. The art pieces from We Had A Hand In The Bicentennial is on display at each respective elementary school.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 106.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 800.

Estimated dollar amount raised. 

  • $5,200.

Estimated dollar amount spent. 

  • $5,200.

​Huntington County Legacy Projects

Photos of ​Huntington County's Bicentennial Activities and Events

Huntington County TorchbearersEric Band Huntington CountyHuntington County Community ChoirHuntington County Torch RelayHuntington County Mike Perkins

Huntington County Crowd

Huntington County Roanoke TorchbearersHuntington County TorchbearersHuntington County We Had a Hand Legacy ProjectHuntington County Bicentennial QuiltHuntington County Enjoying the Celebration

​Huntington County Facts

Huntington County was formed in 1832. It was named for Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was also President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.

Talk a leisurely stroll through Huntington’s Sunken Gardens. The gardens were constructed on the remnants of an old stone quarry between 1923 and 1928. The Sunken Gardens features various plantings, fishponds and stone structures and are often the site of weddings and social gatherings.

J. Edward Roush was instrumental in the establishment of the 911 emergency telephone system. Roush graduated from Huntington High School, Huntington, Indiana, 1938. A.B., Huntington College, Huntington, Indiana, 1942. LL.B., Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1949. He served in the U.S. Army, practiced law and then served as member of the Indiana state legislature from 1949 to 1950 and continued as a public servant in many ways.

County Seat: Huntington
Year Organized: 1832
Square Miles: 382.65

​Huntington County Bicentennial Committee

  • Steve Kimmel
  • Angie Garcia
  • Alice Eshelman
  • Amber Hudson
  • Ann Siegfried
  • Diane Hunter
  • Gib Young
  • Lyn Ocken
  • Mark Kiefer
  • Paula Kimmel
  • Susan Taylor
  • Trace Hinesley