200 in 15
Video Podcast of the Hamilton County Bicentennial
Time travel through the remarkable stories, extraordinary individuals and significant locations that have shaped Hamilton County, Indiana, in 200 in 15. In each episode, Hamilton County Historian David Heighway and host Adam Grubb dive deep into the rich tapestry of our community's past, uncovering hidden gems and untold tales that span two centuries.
Join us to walk in the footsteps of visionaries, trailblazers and unsung heroes, discovering their triumphs, struggles and enduring legacies. Through meticulous research and passionate storytelling, 200 in 15 brings to life the vibrant characters, pivotal moments and captivating spirit of this incredible county.
Art History in 15 Minutes
Learn about a fife-playing early settler and the first traveling performers to visit Hamilton County. Hear about the fate of an ambitious acrobat, our first performance hall and what sparked Carmel's arts boom. Plus much more!
Diversity & Inclusion History in 15 Minutes
Hear about the Lenape Indians and African American trappers, and Westfield's role in the Underground Railroad. And did you know that a gas boom and then bust spawned immigration followed by the rise of the Ku Klux Klan? And much more!
Parks & Environment History in 15 Minutes
Hear about the impenetrable terrain early settlers entered when they arrived in the 1820s and why scientists today say thousands of animals ravaged the county during the Great Squirrel Stampede. See photos from floods, and get acquainted with the county's oldest parks. And more!
Education History in 15 Minutes
The road to Hamilton County's award-winning schools was paved with wolf attacks and some unusual classroom practices. Hear how school districts developed and about the first secondary schools. Heighway tells how natural gas money, basketball the pursuit of self-improvement shaped progress — and much more!
Historic Preservation in 15 Minutes
Get a primer on the delicate balance of preservation and progress in Hamilton County. Learn why train depots became targets of demolition and preservation. Hear about the three-story brick house that was moved to make way for a church expansion in the 1980s. Heighway shares an example of how leaving a place alone can bring about incredible finds. Plus three fun facts and more!
County Mythbusters in 15 Minutes
Did John Dillinger frequent our community? Was grave robbing a problem? What's the story behind Josiah Polk's cabbages, Strawtown's state-capital dream, and the naming of Cicero Creek — or are these all just tall tales? Find out the truth about these Hamilton County myths and more — in just 15 minutes!