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Unforgettable Extraordinary A once-in-a-lifetime event captured on video

INDIANAPOLIS (January 26, 2017) – Hoosiers can relive the memorable moments of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay with a documentary commissioned by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD).

“Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay” is a 37-minute documentary produced by the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State University. The documentary was made to preserve the Torch Relay for future Hoosier generations. You can purchase a DVD of the documentary here.

“This documentary pulls together what the Bicentennial Torch Relay team experienced every day on the road,” said Noelle Szydlyk, State Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. “The video captures some of the special moments with torchbearers, county coordinators and the relay crew, in each of our 92 counties.”

The 37 day journey was meant to inspire and unify Hoosiers by symbolically “passing the torch,” connecting generations to IGNITE our future. The relay was developed by IOTD as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration.

“The stories, the emotions, the symbolism are all packaged into a 37 minute film,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s executive director. “This documentary pays homage to the state's first 200 years and serves as an inspiration for generations of Hoosiers to come.”

The relay traveled through 260 cities and towns across all 92 Indiana counties. The torch was carried a total of 3,226 miles by 2,242 torchbearers. The torch relay culminated at the Indiana Statehouse, where the Hoosier Homecoming celebration was held. An art sculpture titled Lux Aeterna located on Bicentennial Plaza now holds the everlasting light.

The documentary is scheduled to air on WFYI three times in February:

  • Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 at 10 p.m.

The student team of Ball State Telecommunications majors that produced the documentary was recently awarded the Summit Emerging Media Award for their work on the Torch Relay. The award is part of an international competition which received over 1200 entries.  Fewer than 6% of the entries were chosen for awards.

"Advising the media team was an honor and we felt that our service was a great contribution to the event,” said Chris Flook, Lecturer of Telecommunications at Ball State University.

You can enjoy their work at

About Indiana Office of Tourism Development: 

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 155,200 jobs, generates over $1.4 billion in tax receipts and contributes $11.5 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: