FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Use this page to get your burning questions answered! If you can't find the answer to your question here, contact us and we will do what we can to help.
In a nutshell, what's the Hamilton County Bicentennial?
The Hamilton County, Indiana Bicentennial is a celebration of 200 years of history that will take place during all of 2023. It will be an opportunity to do four things through our Guiding Principles:
We explain this on our informational flyer, available to view and download here.
When and where is the Bicentennial celebrated?
The Bicentennial will take place during all of 2023. There will be a kickoff event in January and a Closing Gala in December. Additionally, each township will be highlighted during a different month of the year. Find the list below:
White River Township - March
Jackson Township - April
Adams Township - May
Washington Township - June
Noblesville Township - July
Wayne Township - August
Fall Creek Township - September
Delaware Township - October
Clay Township - November
How do I apply to host or plan an event?
The portal to apply to have an officially sanctioned Bicentennial event will open on January 1st, 2022. In the meantime, see our Plan An Event page and our Workshops page to help answer this question.
Who is involved and/or in charge of the Bicentennial?
The Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission was appointed by the Township Trustees and approved by the Hamilton County Commissioners. See more information about members here.
What is the Bicentennial book being published and how do I get a copy?
The page, "Our Book" has more details on what the book, titled Celebrating Hamilton County, Indiana: 200 Years of Change, is and how to pre-order your copy. Click here to find out more.
Can I get a grant to help with the costs of planning and putting on an event or program?
Absolutely! See our Grants page to help answer this question.
Are you looking for sponsors?
Yes we are! See our Sponsors and Partners page to help answer this question.
Are you selling merchandise besides your book?
Yes we are! See our Swag/Merch page to help answer this question.
Where can I learn more about Hamilton County History?
What a great question! There are so many places to find out more information about local history. First of all, our website has a history Timeline that gives an overview of the basics of the past 200 years (and beyond) of history in Hamilton County. If you are doing research in order to apply to put on a program or event, we'd recommend the following:
Start with your local library! Hamilton County libraries have local history collections of various sizes, and if they don't have it on hand, they always know how to point you in the right direction.
Check out your local historical society! Hamilton County has several historical societies that house primary source collections that are a treasure trove of information. They can help you expand your search.
Don't be afraid to Google! Although you have to be careful to evaluate the validity of what you find on the internet, sites like Ancestry, FamilySearch, Google Books, and many more can help you widen and organize your search.
Read a book or blog! There are some books that have been published about Hamilton County in the past (again, see your local library), and David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian, along with others writes on the Hamilton East Public Library's blog about Hamilton County history often. See the blog here.
Read a local news source! There are a lot of local history authors that publish in Hamilton County publications, so check out some of the newspapers and magazines available around the county for local history features.