County Bicentennial gets visit from officials planning state celebration


As the State of Indiana prepares for its Bicentennial Celebration in 2016, state officials are visiting locations around Indiana to see how communities are gearing up for their Bicentennials.

Last Wednesday, May 8th, Chris Jensen, executive director of the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission; and State Archivist Jim Corridan from Indianapolis, came to Vevay and met with members of the Vevay-Switzerland County Indiana Bicentennial committee.

The group met at the Switzerland County Visitors Center.

The Vevay-Switzerland County committee shared information on the events leading up to and throughout the October 4th-13th official celebration this year; while Bicentennial. Chris Jensen and Jim Corridan informed members about opportunities and plans for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial.

Officials from the state hope that all Indiana counties will take on a local project in celebration of the 2016 statewide event. They will also help promote the Vevay-Switzerland Bicentennial at the state level.

The Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial is incorporating its event into various community functions between now and main events, which will be held October 4th-13th. Vevay Main Street’s monthly ‘First Friday’ event themes utilize area history while additional events are offered throughout the county.

The Switzerland County Historical Society will host events at the Switzerland County Historical Museum and the ‘Life on the Ohio River’ History Museum. The Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge – two county structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places – will also hold functions.

“The state commission remarked that they were ‘impressed’ with our Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial committee and events,” Kendal Miller, executive director of Switzerland County Tourism, said. “The group had all the answers to their questions – everything from the types of events they were planning to the financial process. Switzerland County should be proud and thankful for such a hard-working and dedicated group.”

The Indiana State Bicentennial organization returned to Indianapolis with packets of Switzerland County information along with a Bicentennial tee-shirt; a Bicentennial fundraiser calendar designed by SohFong Ung in collaboration with Martha Bladen, executive director of the Switzerland County Historical Society; and a Bicentennial Wine display bottle produced by Switzerland County winemakers Tom and Mary Jane Demaree of The Ridge Winery. The wine label was designed by Switzerland County artist Donna Weaver, an Indiana Artisan who also creates miniature wax portraits.

While the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial organization is off and running, the group is still in need of additional volunteers and donations.

For more information on the Vevay-Switzerland County Bicentennial event, log on to or contact Pam Acton at the Community Foundation of Switzerland County at 427-9160.