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Newly revealed Abraham Lincoln artifact: “The rail splitter’s rail splitter”

Christina Ramey The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum unveiled a previously unknown artifact that connects Abraham Lincoln to his life in Indiana. The museum Tuesday displayed his bench mallet, “the rail splitter’s rail splitter.” “The tool that we have, was lost to history up until now. And it was made and used by […]

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Indiana Historical Society offers ancestry research workshops

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­­ – The Indiana Historical Society is offering two workshops in February that will help people discover their family lineage. “If you do your family history and family research, you start realizing that you and your ancestors have been apart of history, and it makes it more personal, and it brings […]

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Purdue University engineers high-tech torch for bicentennial relay

By Alysia Funderburg TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students and faculty at Purdue University are fashioning a torch for a relay in celebration of the bicentennial with a focus on state of Indiana. “We’re taking that to quite an extent,” said Dr. Timothee Pourpoint, associate professor of Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering. “The shape of the torch is […]

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Indiana organization honored for rapid response after disasters

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will be honored with an award for its ability to quickly inspect buildings after a disaster. “The [Indiana Building Emergency Assessment and Monitoring Team’s] ability to rapidly respond and assess building safety is crucial to our state’s response to a disaster,” said Gov. Mike […]

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The Indy Canal Walk: Then & Now

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After once serving as a model for water transportation and trade, the Indiana Central Canal now acts as one of the main tourism sites in downtown Indianapolis. During this bicentennial year, the canal serves as a focal point for the city. “It is definitely one of the big attractions […]

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Indiana classrooms going 200 years back in time

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is the place fourth grader Hannah Stratton calls home. Hannah, a student at Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood, Indiana, already knows what she is doing to celebrate the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 11, 2016. “I’m gonna ask my mom and dad if we can get a cake,” […]

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New education center to teach students about Indiana government

Christina Ramey The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of the bicentennial, a new education center is being built in the Indiana State Library to teach elementary students about Indiana government. “This center will be used to enhance the experience of the more than 50,000 group visitors to the Statehouse, 80 percent of whom are children,” […]

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Fourth graders wish Indiana a Happy Birthday with 10,000 cards

Christina Ramey The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Receiving a birthday card is a special event. With it being Indiana’s 200th birthday, the state library believes Indiana deserves 10,000 cards. The Indiana State Library is asking fourth graders from around the state to make birthday cards for Indiana. Fourth grade is the year students learn about Indiana […]

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Bicentennial book shows how Indiana history shaped today’s Hoosiers

By Christina Ramey The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bicentennial book gives a look at Indiana’s history through Hoosiers’ eyes. “Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State,” published by M.T. Publishing in Evansville, shows the state’s rich history in 14 chapters and 248 pages. The book explains how Hoosiers’ lives today have been shaped by […]

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People who shaped the Hoosier state: Washington C. DePauw

By Russ Pulliam Special to TheStatehouseFile.com If the school bears your name, your other accomplishments may fade from the history books. That’s part of the story of Washington C. DePauw, who rescued what was Indiana Asbury College in the recession of 1883. Well known through the university, Washington DePauw also led Indiana into the industrial […]

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