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Medal contest, book part of 2016 Bicentennial

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Indiana became a state December 11, 1816 and the Bicentennial will be celebrated in 2016 with a variety of activities throughout the year. Huntington County will be a part of this celebration and has a steering committee with events planned for 2016.

To honor the historic anniversary, Indiana will release a commemorative collector medal. The official medal will be created as part of the Indiana Bicentennial Medal Design Contest. The artist who creates the winning design for the contest will receive $5,000. Indiana’s 200 years of history will be reflected in the obverse design (head), and the State Seal will be represented on the reverse of the medal. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission, assisted by the staff of the Indiana Arts Commission, will select the winning design.

Those wishing to submit a medal design must complete an application, create an account and enter at Applicants must be a permanent, legal resident of Indiana, age 18 years or older, and willing to work with the committee should the committee want changes made to the drawing. Applicants must also be willing to meet project deadlines. Deadline for entry is Monday, June 29, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Contest guidelines can be downloaded at

The official Indiana bicentennial coffee table book, Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State, will celebrate the state’s milestone in words and images that reflect a variety of experiences and reveal the special character of Indiana. The 240-page book will include an introduction and 14 chapters. Photos are currently being accepted for consideration to be included in the book and the book is also available for purchase on a pre-order basis at

When purchasing the book, three cover options are available. A standard edition with a full color printed hardbound cover and dust jacket is $37.50; bonded leather, $64.95 and executive leather with gold gilded page edges and a silk ribbon, $84.95. The book may also be personalized for a nominal charge, and a digital edition is offered when purchasing a hard copy for $9.95.

Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor the state’s 200 years of history, and to do so in a modern way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.