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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Hoosier Heritage Farms Hoosier Heritage Farms

Hoosier Heritage Farms endeavors to celebrate the agricultural heritage of Jay County families whose farms have been tended to for over 100 years. Our committee will be contacting land owners about their farms and for their participation. Once information has been gathered from each farm, we will develop a map showing the townships and historical details. This map will be on display at the Jay County Fair and other locations around the county. The map will then be donated to the Historical Society for safekeeping and for future generations.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Robert Lyons

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

  • Identified as many farms that have been in the same family for over 100 years.

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

  • 127 farms and 77 families on hand at 2016 July Jay County Fair. Many family went on to get recognized at the State level in March.

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

  • All records have been turned over to the Historical Society located at the county seat - Portland, Indiana.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 17

Estimated total attendance.

  • More than 100.

Committee Members

  • Paula Confer, Robert C. Lyons and Janet Powers, Co-Chairs
  • Mike Ninde, Bearcreek
  • Jim Isenhart, Greene
  • Bill Horn, Jackson
  • Dick Nixon, Jefferson
  • Paula Confer and Gordon Kessler, Knox
  • Ed May, Madison
  • Dick Kunkle, Noble
  • Carl Walker, Penn
  • Wanda Eley, Pike
  • Paula Confer and Walt Rodgers, Richland
  • Bob Schmit and Don Reef, Wabash
  • Dave Frasher, Wayne

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