Bicentennial commission will endorse local projects for state’s birthday


timthumb-2.phpBy JessWilson

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission on Wednesday launched an effort to endorse local projects so they can be celebrated as part of the state’s 200th birthday celebration in 2016.

The Bicentennial Legacy Projects will be those in which communities partner with organizations on projects that are culturally inclusive, create a legacy for the future, are celebratory, and are engaging and inspiring to youth and young adults.

The commission’s co-chairs – former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton – and first lady Karen Pence issued a joint statement about the program.

“From the day we were tasked to lead this important project, we have encouraged communities and groups from across the state to think about ways they can contribute to our state’s bicentennial,” the statement said. “These projects will strive to leave a lasting legacy in honor of Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial.”

Visit – the state’s new bicentennial website – for more information

Jesse Wilson is a reporter for, an online news site powered by Franklin College journalism students.