Indiana Bicentennial Celebration plans discussed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana’s bicentennial is being marked throughout 2016.

Indiana First Lady Karen Pence talks to the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Commission during a meeting at Fort Wayne's History Center.
Indiana First Lady Karen Pence talks to the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Commission during a meeting at Fort Wayne’s History Center.

Representatives from across the area gathered at the History Center Friday to talk about the big celebrations that will be happening in the coming months.

Elise Alabbas from the Allen County Public Library talked about the importance of celebrating Indiana’s big birthday.

“Enjoying community-wide celebrations and events really kind of pull people together,” Alabbas said.

A commission was put together to coordinate events throughout the state. First Lady Karen Pence is among the members.

“Each community is so excited about what they’re doing that you are smiling while they are explaining it to you and showing you,” Pence said.

“It really has been really fun.”

Every county in the state is celebrating in their own way. In Allen County, the people at the library are leading the charge.

Indiana Bicentennial “It’s really a lot of fun to plan these activities, to help plan these activities, to engage Allen County residents, to celebrate the bicentennial year,” said Megan Bell from the library.

Members of the commission hope all Hoosiers take part in one way or another.

“Every county and every town will experience the bicentennial differently. And that’s the real measure of Hoosiers,” said Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Perry Hammock. ”

We are small towns and villages and cities. so it’s appropriate for everyone to celebrate the bicentennial in their own way.”

For more information on Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration, including a rundown of events a projects, visit the official website in.gov/ibc.

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