Painted bison to celebrate Indiana bicentennial

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Painted bison sculptures and quilted gardens are set to pop up in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.

A state commission lead by first lady Karen Pence approved those projects and a crop of others last week to mark Indiana’s upcoming 200th birthday in 2016.

Children’s books related to state history, art exhibits and a digital archive of old photos from albums or attics were some of the approved legacy projects.

Approved projects also include a “Bisontennial” in North Manchester, which will feature at least 15 bison sculptures painted by eighth graders. Another will decorate the Heritage Trail driving route in northern Indiana with quilted gardens memorializing state heritage.

Pence says the diversity of these projects exemplifies the strong grassroots momentum the Bicentennial Commission is seeing.

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