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Events named in Huntington's Bicentennial

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016

Indiana will celebrate 200 years of statehood on December 11, 2016. Plans are being made by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to commemorate this event with festivities throughout the state, and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is heading up the celebration locally.

An Indiana State Bicentennial torch will begin traveling throughout the state in August 2016. The torch is scheduled to travel through Huntington County on Friday, September 30, 2016. Special activities are being planned at Hier’s Park for the day by a local committee formed by the Chamber of Commerce. The torch will be transported via antique vehicles by a group of individuals selected as “torchbearers” from Roanoke to Huntington.

Organizations in Huntington County are encouraged to focus the theme of 2016 activities around the 200 year celebration. Although Huntington was not yet named as a town in 1816, activity in the area was taking place at the Forks of the Wabash. A Miami village, fur trading, an agricultural station, flint deposit and treaty grounds were in the area.

Programs are planned by the Huntington County Historical Society at the Historic Forks of the Wabash. The next program will feature Bob Hammel on Wednesday, May 18 reflecting on Indiana sports history. Markle pianist Joe Thomas will bring Hoosier music and composers to life on Wednesday, July 20 and a look at James Whitcomb Riley will take place on Friday, November 18. The programs begin at 7 p.m. and free tickets are available by reservation. Call the Huntington County Historical Museum at (260) 356-7264.

Students in Huntington County schools are participating in an art project called “We had a hand in the Bicentennial,” which will be on display at various events upon its completion. The United Way of Huntington County has artists busy with an art project of its own involving “bisontennial.” Libraries in Huntington County are celebrating Indiana’s 200 years with Bicentennial reading challenges.

The LaFontaine Arts Council and the Arts Initiative, Inc. are inviting area artists to be a part of Indiana’s Bicentennial by participating in this year’s outdoor art exhibit featuring the fire hydrants in and around the downtown Huntington area. The theme, “Hoosier Hydrants - Celebrating 200 Years of Indiana History,” provides artists with the opportunity to explore the faces, places and spaces of Hoosier history. The exhibit will open to the public May 30.

Heritage Days will also celebrate the 200th Birthday of the state with the theme Indiana Celebrating 200 Years. Activities will take place Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19 at various locations around Huntington. Pathfinder Services is the official sponsor, celebrating its 50th year of service.

Huntington “Hoosiers” helped to build the Wabash and Erie Canal that extended to Huntington in 1835. The canal brought families to the area and Huntington became an incorporated town on February 16, 1848. Huntington became a city in September of 1873.

For more information about the local Bicentennial Celebration, “Indiana Bicentennial 2016 Huntington County,” visit the Facebook page by clicking here. To learn more about the state celebration visit www.indiana2016.org.