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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

Legacy Projects > 40th Anniversary of the State Data Center Program: 200 Years of Indiana Data and Geography 40th Anniversary of the State Data Center Program: 200 Years of Indiana Data and Geography

This year marks Indiana’s 200th birthday and the state’s 40th anniversary of participation in the Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program. The Indianapolis SDC Office was the first in the nation to provide free data and reference assistance to the public. We’re honoring these two key events in history as we begin to prepare Indiana citizens for the 2020 Census. On December 12, Indiana State Data Center Affiliates and the public will be invited to a one-day historical celebration and kick-off event at the Indiana State Library. During this event, we will hear about the history of data services and GIS national and state levels from the U.S. Census Bureau, Indiana’s State Demographer, the Indiana Geographic Information Council, and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Katie Springer

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

  • Educating and encouraging the public about Indiana's long standing commitment to
    providing reliable and timely data and geography resources to the public.

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

  • Marilyn Sanders, the Regional Director for the Census Bureau in Chicago, gave an
    energy-filled call-to-action presentation on the 2020 Census, a full 3 years ahead of the
    game. She was incredibly excited about it, and that energy was contagious.

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

  • We will keep the program and planning documents here in the Manuscripts Division at
    the Indiana State Library.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 6.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 40.

Program Details