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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > So you think you know Indiana…? Celebrating 200 years of the Hoosier state So you think you know Indiana…? Celebrating 200 years of the Hoosier state

This project will delight readers young and not-so-young alike with fascinating tidbits of Indiana history in a 15-part series to be published in newspapers across the state beginning January 2016. The project targets fourth graders as they focus on Indiana history, but adult readers will enjoy it equally. From famous Hoosiers to quirky things about Indiana, readers will learn facts about the state not found in standard textbooks. Nelson Price, an Indianapolis-based author, journalist, historian, radio personality, former feature writer/columnist for The Indianapolis Star and fifth-generation Hoosier, wrote the series. He authored Legendary Hoosiers, a book for young readers that presents the lives of famous people from Indiana, as well as traces state history, in entertaining, interactive ways.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Karen Braeckel

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

  • 1. A series of stories written by Nelson Price on various topics of Indiana history appeared in newspapers across the state during 2016. Targeted to fourth graders, even adult readers enjoyed the information.
    2. These stories were updated and assembled in a four-color, hardcover book. Each elementary school in the state with a fourth grade class received a free copy of the book through delivery to the school district, mail or InfoExpress to the nearest public library.

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

  • The overwhelmingly positive response from teachers and librarians at conferences and through emails delighted the committee that worked on the project. Many public libraries purchased the book, and individuals asked to buy extra copies.

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

  • Elementary school and public libraries have copies of the book. Preserving the stories drove the sponsoring organizations to donate to the project.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • Approximately 20 - excluding the many public librarians who delivered books to the schools.

Committee Members

  • Project Development
    • Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation Board of Directors
  • Sponsoring Organizations
    • Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation
    • Indiana Library Federation
    • Hoosier State Press Association Foundation
    • Indiana State Reading Association
  • Author
    • Nelson Price
  • Graphic Design
    • Beth Winchell
  • Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation Board of Directors
    • Barbara Barbieri
    • Karen Braeckel, Project Manager
    • Sue Carpenter
    • Greg Erbeck
    • Karisa Campbell Harris
    • Earlene Holland
    • Jack Humphrey
    • Chris S. Judson
    • Carol Lutz
    • Lisa Plank
    • Justin Rumbach, Project Editor
    • Susan Scholl
    • Mike Snyder, Project Editor
    • John Wolf
    • Robyn Young
  • Special Thanks
    • Tisa Davis, Delivery

Project Details

  • Organization: Hoosier State Press Association Foundation; Indiana Newspaper in Education Foundation
  • County: Statewide
  • Contact: Karen Braeckel, 317-624-4426,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-93
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