Free Workshop to Give Your Bicentennial Idea Big Energy

Calling all thinkers and doers! The Hamilton County Bicentennial needs you to flex your collaborative muscles for the county’s 200th birthday in 2023. As your first step to apply for one of a limited number of grants and host a program, join us February 26, 10-11:30 a.m., at Conner Prairie for a free informational workshop.


Each organization and person involved in the Bicentennial will connect with and express our history in different ways. To help develop these approaches, we will spend the morning covering application details, discussing the 25-40 available grants, and workshopping your ideas.


Hear from a roster of collaborative pros


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To further the discussion, several experts will be on hand, guided by Bicentennial Coordinator Jessica Petty. She’s your resident Bicentennial guru.


Covering historical preservation will be architectural historian Holly Tate and historic architecture specialist Ashley Thomas from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Ask them how your organization can leverage historical preservation for your program — think grants and tax incentives.


Also participating will be Abbie Edens, Associate Vice President of Guest Experiences at Conner Prairie. Edens leads planning for a range of programming, including exhibits, curatorial, public programs, camps and more. Pick her brain for brilliant planning tips.


Conner Prairie is developing a special program with Delaware (Bicentennial Commissioner Rick Fain) and Fall Creek (Bicentennial Commissioner Suzanna Hobson) townships. While their plans aren’t nailed down yet, Eden says that if you’re on the fence about hosting a program, hearing what other organizations are thinking about doing and sharing ideas is inspiring.


Bringing diverse life experiences and perspectives to the discussion is also so valuable. For example, Eden brings experience working at the National World War II Museum (New Orleans), Columbus Museum (Columbus, Georgia), the Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, Virginia), and Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich, Massachusetts). The Indiana native resettled in Indiana less than a year ago.


RSVP for the free February 26 workshop


“The workshops are really about how we can help make your event a success,” says Petty, the Bicentennial Coordinator. Prior to idea sharing, Petty will provide a review of the Bicentennial’s what, when, where and why.


During the event, you will get:

  • Official application toolkit before it’s released to the general public

  • Guidance on how to submit your own Bicentennial program

  • Inspiration for types of programs the Bicentennial Commission looking for

  • Rundown of benefits of having an official program on our calendar!

Let us help you bring your idea to life! Get a doer or a thinker — or both — from your organization and join us. Please RSVP today!



Don't let the application deadline sneak up on you and be like this guy ...

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