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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Lawrence County Legacy Tree Project Lawrence County Legacy Tree Project

The Lawrence County Legacy Trees would involve students throughout Lawrence County. Students would participate in the planting of two Lawrence County legacy trees; a Tulip Poplar (the state tree of Indiana) and the Space Gum tree (seeds brought into space by Lawrence County astronaut, Charlie Walker). Each tree will have a commemorative plaque honoring the State of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration and the significance of trees. A map will also be developed of all surviving space gum trees in the state.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Teena Ligman

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • The story of the sweetgum trees that went into space and the legacy of Charlie Walker's space trip was revived.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Children planting trees at different schools in a six county area.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • The trees that were planted were marked with a plaque that documented they were a space sweetgum (and we also planted tulip trees), planted in 2016 for Indiana's bicentennial. We also have photos and a list of places the trees were planted.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • About 25.

Estimated total attendance.

  • At some of the schools there were as many as 300 at a tree planting.

Project Details