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Indiana Celebrates 197 Years Of Statehood

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On Indiana’s 197th birthday, officials are encouraging Hoosiers to get involved in an even bigger celebration in a few years.

Indiana was officially recognized as a new state  on Dec.11, 1816.  The state will celebrate 200 years in 2016, and Indiana’s Bicentennial Commission is calling on communities to find ways to honor our history and forge our future.

The group is focusing on four key areas for the bicentennial.

The first is nature conservation, and according to Executive Director of the Bicentennial Commission, Chris Jensen, that has already received considerable attention.

"Nature conservation, and the reason of which, is because in 1916, our state park system was developed," Jensen says. "So that was the big gift that came out of the centennial celebration.  So that's a huge gift to live up to if you're one of the 15 million plus Hoosiers that visit the state park system every year."

The other areas are youth and education, community involvement and historical celebration.

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