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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Bison Sculpture Dedication Bison Sculpture Dedication

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The event on June 20, 2016 at Deer Creek Bicentennial Park near Delphi will dedicate a bison sculpture, one example in the Bisontennial Art Project’s statewide effort to honor Indiana’s 200th birthday. The celebration will start with the Winter Hawk drummers, a Native American group from near South Bend. Following this will be a reading from a pioneer woman’s written account of the wilderness in 1826 and her family’s labor in creating a farmstead. Event participants will continue with singing and storytelling. The bison sculpture will remain in the park for years to come—a reminder of the past Indiana wilderness and its prehistoric inhabitants. See the park’s website at

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator David McCain

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

  • The dedication event on June 20, 2016 is considered the first event of the new and still developing Deer Creek Bicentennial Park. The Bison sculpture (Indiana Bison-tennial Art Project) placed in the park honors the natural landscape and Native Americans of the prehistoric past.

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

  • Winter Hawk, a Native American drumming group, performed at the dedication event. Their last song was about creating community, and it brought all attendees together around their great drum in a very moving experience.

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

  • Heartland Heritage Inc. will archive photos and information coming from the event.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 21

Estimated total attendance.

  • 60 - The location was changed at the last minute because of bad weather. Many didn't make it to the new venue.

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $2,820

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $2,450

Photos of Bison-Tennial Sculpture Project

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Bison-Tennial Sculpture Project Ceremony and Dedication Committee

  • Jake Adams
  • Shane Evans
  • Julia Leahy
  • Kevin Kologinsky
  • Bonnie Maxwell
  • Dan McCain
  • David McCain
  • Mary Mears
  • Sunny Miller

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