Category: History

Hoosiers: A Love Letter to the Heartland

As the photographs and videos from the Bicentennial Torch Relay have demonstrated, Indiana is a beautiful state. The visual appeal stems from the simplistic aesthetic that infuses every aspect of the state – a certain simplicity that is endearing and genuine. Outsiders may mistake this simplicity as naiveté, and this is perhaps the reason why so many television shows and… Read more →

Dillinger’s Notorious Run

As the torch passed through Lake County on October 9th and 11th, it also made its way past the John Dillinger Museum located in the Lake County Courthouse in downtown Crown Point, Indiana. John “Jackrabbit” Dillinger is infamous in the county for his ability to escape inescapable prisons. Dillinger was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 22, 1903 to a… Read more →

Shipshewana: Past and Present

On Monday, October 3rd, the torch arrived in the third largest Amish and Mennonite community in the United States, LaGrange County, which is home to Shipshewana (3). The first known settlers of Shipshewana were a small band of Potawatomi Indians whose chief was named Shipshewana. The first known white settlers arrived in the 1830s to a lively place full of… Read more →

Origins, Eateries, and Limestone

Unique shops, home cooking, and natural beauty are all located in Brown County, Indiana, which is where the torch will start today on September 20, 2016. The torch will end in Monroe County, which is home to Indiana University. The United States received land in present day Brown County following the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1809. Another treaty, St.… Read more →

In the Last 200 Years

Becoming a State The year is 1816. Representatives of the soon-to-be-state of Indiana are gathered in Corydon, Indiana, to write and vote on Indiana’s first state constitution. The issue then moved to then-President James Madison’s desk. On December 11, 1816, Indiana officially became the nineteenth state to join the Union. Before the legislation was passed, most of the population of… Read more →