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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Indiana Chant Book for Children Indiana Chant Book for Children

Working with award winning children’s author and Indiana resident, April Pulley Sayre, the Indiana State Library will publish a chant about Indiana.  Librarians can use the chant as a memorization game, a song, or the text of a book, which could be created by the children at the local libraries.

With assistance from Indiana State Library staff, and other contributing librarians and volunteers around the state, Ms. Pulley Sayre will use the terminology collected by the Indiana State Library Children’s Services Consultant to create a chant that can be used by schools, libraries, and families in any Bicentennial celebration.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Suzanne Walker

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

  • The key accomplishment was working with Indiana author April Pulley Sayre to have her write a piece of poetry to celebrate the state on its 200th birthday. The Indiana chant was born of hours of work on behalf of the Indiana State Library as we put together a binder of lists of Indiana words, places, names, and idiosyncrasies for Ms. Sayre to then weave together into the chant.

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

  • Once the chant was written, we started promoting it. Indiana Humanities loved it so much they had hundreds of posters of the chant printed to share with all the schools in Indiana.

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

  • The chant will reside permanently on our website and as a part of the Indiana State Library's permanent collection. In addition some YouTube videos of the chant (professionally done and unprofessionally done as well) have been springing up of late.

Total number of volunteers.

  • 3

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