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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Historical Church Tour Historical Church Tour

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The 19 churches on this tour offer a unique look at the early religious buildings built before 1900. The church became a social as well as a religious center in many early communities. It was a place for socials and suppers, for Christmas entertainment, for Sunday school parties, and neighborhood gatherings. Of the 19 churches, Orland Congregational Church is the oldest standing church in Steuben County. It was built in 1852. The Powers Church, built in 1876, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The tour celebrates the inclusiveness of Christianity and the tenacity of early settlers while creating a legacy for our youth.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Janet Hartsuff

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

  • By putting this tour together, we are keeping history alive for future generations.

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

  • We have the brochure on our website and in the tourism bureau offices. With the publicity surrounding the legacy projects, we had an increased interest in the tour and history of our area.

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

  • We are preserving the information at the Steuben County Tourism Bureau.

2016 Historical Church Tour Committee

  • Margaret Rothrock
  • June Julien
  • Janet Hartsuff
  • Bill Eyster

Project Details

  • Organization: Steuben County Tourism Bureau
  • County: Steuben
  • Contact: Janet Hartsuff, 260-665-5386,
  • Type: Non-Profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-212
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