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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > “Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!” Manuscript Collection and Exhibit “Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!” Manuscript Collection and Exhibit

Fourth grade students will be asked to create cards for Indiana’s 200th birthday in conjunction with Statehood Day. Each card will promote creativity, sparking an interest in our state’s rich history. Students can decorate their card while briefly explaining:

“Why do you love Indiana?”

“What does being a Hoosier mean to you?”

In August 2015, the library will provide cards and necessary supplies for each participating school. The cards will be returned to the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division before December 11, 2015 for inclusion to the manuscript collection. This collection will be preserved for many generations with other notable collections, including William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Helen Keller correspondence as well as the Treaty of St. Mary’s. Cards will be on display in the Indiana State Library Exhibition Hall during the Bicentennial summer of 2016.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinators Connie Bruder and Bethany Fiechter

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

  • Over 10 cubic feet of Indiana’s bicentennial history will be preserved for future generations through the collective efforts of Indiana State Library staff, public libraries, historical societies, businesses, teachers, parents, students and county coordinators.

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

  • The overwhelming support from fourth grade teachers around the state is unforgettable. It was a privilege to work with them in regard to our birthday card project. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated educators in our communities. 

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

  • The Indiana Bicentennial Manuscript Collection (L502) is stored in our vault at the Indiana State Library. Anyone can view the collection during regular business hours. 

Total number of volunteers.

  • Key personnel were from the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, including Bethany Fiechter, Brittany Kropf, Lauren Patton and Laura Eliason.

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