Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

December 27, 2013

Bicentennial commission seeks projects

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — The Indiana Bicentennial Commission recently launched an endorsement process to promote and support external legacy projects across the state.

Bicentennial Legacy Projects are those generated by community partners and organizations and approved by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission through an endorsement process, explained Chris Jensen, who is helping to organize events during 2016.

The commission is co-chaired by former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Skillman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton. Karen Pence, Indiana’s first lady, will serve as an ambassador.

“From the day we were tasked to lead this important project, we have encouraged communities and groups from across the state to think about ways they can contribute to our state’s bicentennial. These projects will strive to leave a lasting legacy in honor of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial,” said the trio in a joint statement.

Projects are required to meet one of the following criteria: culturally inclusive; creating a legacy for the future; celebratory; and engaging and inspiring to youth and young adults.

Those interested in legacy projects that commemorate Indiana’s 2016 milestone may visit A downloadable application can be found on the official Indiana Bicentennial Web site, which also details commission members, progress of key bicentennial focuses and statewide events.

Jensen can answer questions at or 317-232-3717.