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Miniature houses make a large impact

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com CARMEL, Ind. – Little bitty pieces of art are showing a bigger picture of the Hoosier state for the bicentennial. Indianapolis resident, Heidi Knoerzer, said the exhibits at the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel gave her a fresh perspective. “People complain about so many things,” Knoerzer said. “But if you […]

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Bicentennial torch relay route revealed

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana bicentennial torch will travel through 260 cities and towns and across 3,200 miles on it’s newly revealed route. “The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is not only the premier event of our state’s bicentennial celebration, but it is also an opportunity for Hoosiers from counties large and small to showcase […]

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Guests become a part of history at the Indiana Historical Society

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Historical Society is offering three days of free admission and a chance for guests to be a part of history during the state’s bicentennial year. Photographer, Tom Styrkowicz, returns to the historical society for the third and final year of the #300in3 event. The goal is to […]

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Artisans, businesses sell bicentennial goods in special marketplace

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shoppers can browse the Indiana Bicentennial Marketplace to search for commemorative items including jewelry, ornaments and pillows. The marketplace is an online shop on the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration website where shoppers can purchase bicentennial themed items produced by local businesses and artisans. Perry Hammock, the executive director of Indiana […]

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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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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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