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DetailsWith the state’s 200th anniversary quickly approaching, we are pleased to announce the publication of the official bicentennial book, Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State. This collector’s book celebrates our milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The book reflects on Hoosiers’ lives today and how our 200-year history informs our present and shapes the future.
The limited edition 248-page coffee table book includes an introduction and 14 chapters, each opening with a short essay by a noted Hoosier, followed by photographs; quotes and anecdotes from Hoosiers of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. Sidebars that highlight unique and surprising facts about Indiana and its 92 counties are also incorporated.
The book has a full color printed hardbound cover and matching dust jacket. A digital edition is offered in conjunction with a hardcopy purchase. The digital edition is viewable on desktop computers, smartphones, or tablets.
Indiana Bicentennial Book Overview
Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State is a patchwork quilt of images, prose and poetry commemorating our bicentennial. Incorporating a wide variety of Hoosier voices—individual, yet bound together by a common Hoosier heritage—this book reflects the thoughts of business and community leaders, artists, athletes, writers, farmers, religious leaders, children and poets. These voices, along with many of the more than 6,000 photos submitted by amateur and professional photographers throughout the state, present a picture of who we are as Hoosiers, as well as our dreams and aspirations. We hope you enjoy this commemoration of our shared experience.
~Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, Indiana Bicentennial Commission Co-chairs
Introductory letter by Governor Mike Pence
I. Introduction: 1816, 1916, 2016
Essayist: Senator Richard Lugar, retired
II. The Natural Environment
The state’s landscape and environment, including state parks. physical characteristics of the Hoosier state, flora and fauna.
Essayist: Sharon Sorenson, Naturalist; Author, Birds in the Yard Month by Month; Columnist, Evansville Courier and Press
III. Farms and Fields
An overview of the state’s agricultural heritage, a look at contemporary farming–including urban and organic farming and using agricultural land as wind farms, and the future of agriculture in Indiana.
Essayist: Mauri Williamson, Founder of Pioneer Village at State Fair, Farmer, Executive Director of Purdue Agricultural Alumni Board
IV. Cities and Towns
An overview of the growth of the state’s cities and towns, demographic changes, architecture’s role in communities: Columbus, New Harmony, Madison, West Baden, etc.
Essayist: Peter Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend
V. Crossroads (Transportation)
The important role transportation has played in Indiana and how our systems of transportation have evolved – from canals to interstate highways, railroads to greenways and light rail.
Essayist: Barbara Olenyik Morrow, Author, Those Cars of Auburn; Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden; Nature’s Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton Porter
VI. Business and Commerce
An overview of manufacturing and industry in Indiana’s past, present and future; Hoosiers’ roles in the creation of significant inventions and innovations; the growth of technology and biomedical industries.
Essayist: John Thompson, CEO, Thompson Distribution; Board Member, Herff Jones, National Bank of Indianapolis
A discussion of how state, county and city government have evolved in the past 200 years, how state/county/city boundaries and the role of government have changed over time, the roles of political parties in Indiana.
Essayist: Paul Helmke, former Mayor of Fort Wayne; former President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors; Director of the Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center in Bloomington
VIII. Schools and Libraries
An essay about the impact of education in Indiana, including the importance of Indiana’s public libraries, 164 of which were built with Carnegie library grants— the greatest number of any state; how Indiana’s public education system has evolved; past and current reform movements.
Essayist: Dr. Andrew Takami, Director, Purdue University College of Technology in New Albany
IX. Medicine and Health
Highlighting Indiana’s important role in pharmaceutical breakthroughs (insulin), medical equipment (Warsaw’s orthopedic manufacturing), steps currently being taken and what more can be done to improve the health of Hoosiers.
Essayist: David Johnson, President and CEO, Biocrossroads; President and CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
X. The Hoosier Identity
An overview of the cultures that built the state; discussion of the Hoosier population in terms of race, ethnic identity and religion; how demographic changes are shaping the future of Indiana.
Essayist: Philip Gulley, Author, Harmony series and many other books; Quaker Pastor
XI. Religion and Philanthropy
From churches to hospitals and cultural institutions to community groups, religion and philanthropy have made an impact on every community and residents throughout the state.
Essayist: Dr. Gene Tempel, Founding Dean of IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
XII. Media and Communication
An overview of the role of the media in Indiana: from the state’s first newspaper (The Vincennes Sun Commercial), to radio and TV, to the roles digital and social media play in shaping how Hoosiers communicate today.
Essayist: Eunice Trotter, journalist, former owner of The Indianapolis Recorder
XIII. Arts and Culture
An overview of the role of arts and culture in shaping Indiana, featuring accomplishments in art, writing, music, theater, dance and film.
Essayist: Susan Neville, award-winning author, professor of writing, Butler University
Hoosiers are known for their devotion to sports, from basketball and its revered place in the state’s culture to soccer and the inroads it’s making as the state becomes more diverse, and from legendary college teams and coaches to the Indianapolis 500. This chapter will provide overview of sports moments that have helped to shape the Indiana experience.
Essayist: Bob Hammel, retired sports reporter, Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, Indiana Sportswriter of the Year Award recipient, President of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association
XV. Voices of the Third Century
Hoosier children’s views of the future of our state
Compiled by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
Poetry by noted poets.
Indiana-themed Puzzle by Indiana native Will Shortz, crossword editor of The New York Times puzzlemaster for National Public Radio, founder/director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and the author or editor of more than 500 books of puzzles.
Illustration of historic Indiana buildings and landmarks by Hoosier artist K.P. Singh
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