Bicentennial Commission approves legacy projects


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News release from the Allen County Indiana Bicentennial Commission:

Bicentennial Commission approves legacy projects at recent public meeting

(January 28, 2016) – The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its January meeting at Fort Wayne’s History Center on Jan. 8, 2016. There were 42 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Allen County.

Select items that were in existence at the time of Indiana Statehood from the DAR Relic Collection will be on display at the Allen County Public Library from January 7 through March 31. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds who love American history will enjoy seeing these items. Some items on exhibit include the key from the Old Fort in Fort Wayne. There will also be a watch that was carried by a soldier during the Revolutionary War on display, as well as a candlestick holder used by George Washington in his camp during the war. Each item on display will have a description and the name of the person or family who donated the item to the DAR Relic Collection.

If your organization would like to create a Legacy Project for the Bicentennial, please contact your local county coordinator, Curt Witcher, at Legacy Project applications are considered for approval at every meeting of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.


About the Indiana Bicentennial Commission
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is a fifteen-member body, chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton, charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday. First Lady Karen Pence serves as official Bicentennial Ambassador. Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state’s 200 years of history, but do so in a way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. The commission encourages every community in Indiana to take part in this unique celebration.

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