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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Bicentennial Barns of Indiana Bicentennial Barns of Indiana

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Nothing is more inherent to Indiana’s history than its agricultural roots. This program celebrates Indiana agriculture and the iconic barn through art and education. The program is a contest, artistic in nature, with entries in the form of photographs. It will be free, open to all Indiana citizens, with a goal of participation from all 92 counties. Any individual can enter a barn, thus engaging pride and participation from all 92 counties. Any individual can enter a barn, thus engaging pride and participation from multiple communities statewide.

Through online submission of photographs, the public will be able to visit a website and see entries from their county or community, creating a celebratory and competitive buzz over the next two years. An exhibit that travels to locations throughout the state provides another celebratory component.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Betsy Jones

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

  • The enthusiasm generated by the project and the level of interest, as reflected by the number of barns entered, the media publicity, and the "likes" and visits to our Facebook and website.

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

  • -The number of barn owners who attended the celebration we hosted. 120 barn owners
    out of 200 were represented.
    - Having people say that this project inspired them to "take better care of their barn."
    - The stories people shared about what their barn means suggests there is a lot of pride
    in this legacy.
    - That a barn owner who is 100 years old made the trip to the State Fair to get her sign,
    and that she continues to invest in upkeep of her barn. Truly inspiring.

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

  • We hope/plan to work with the Indiana Barn Foundation to turn over all information and that they will continue to accept entries in the form of a "barn registry."

Total number of volunteers who particpated.

  • A steering committee of about 15

Estimated total attendance.

  • Approximately 400

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • Approximately $20,000

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • Approximately $19,000

Committee Members

  • Phil Anderson, ReThink! Consulting, Carmel
  • Rep. Robert Cherry, Indiana Farmer Bureau, Greenfield
  • Isabella Chism, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indianapolis
  • Gwen Gutwein, Artist, Fort Wayne
  • Dorrel Harrison, Artist, Scottsburg
  • Cress Hizer, Indiana Agri Business, Indianapolis
  • Linda Hood, REMC, Rushville
  • Betsy Jones, Sellersburg
  • Donya Lester, Purdue, West Lafayette
  • Paul Meagher, Indiana Farm Credit, Scottsburg
  • Jerry Nickel, Midwest Ag Finance, Rushville
  • Joe Pearson, Mid-America Science Park, Hartford City
  • Carolyn Rahe, Indiana Barn Foundation, Bourbon
  • Suzanne Stanis, Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis

Photos of Bicentennial Barns of Indiana

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Project Details

  • Organization: N/A
  • County: Clark
  • Contact: Betsy Jones, 812-246-9327,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-CI-22