Bicentennial Buzz Videos
Presenting: 10 from IN
With 200 years of official statehood under its belt, Indiana is bursting at its borders with stories of innovation, discovery, and wonder. The Bicentennial Celebration of the great Hoosier state is here. Conner Prairie is celebrating this anniversary, and these stories, through a series of videos that we’re calling 10 from IN.
Condensing all these stories down to a list of 10 wasn’t easy. To get there, we had to debate, investigate and eventually strike our chisels down into rich Indiana limestone. See why Indiana is so great through these quick and compelling videos.
Cradle of Basketball
Indiana has been called the “Cradle of Basketball,” and with homegrown players like Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird, we’re the birthplace of more than a few great players. Glass backboards, found on most every basketball court in the world, were put into play when Hoosier fans grew frustrated about missing game-winning shots. In Indiana, basketball makes us downright hysterical.
Aerospace and Engineering
Hoosier innovators have a long history of taking to the sky. In 1859, John Wise departed from Lafayette to make the world’s first balloon-air-mail delivery. Wilbur Wright was born here. Amelia Earhart received funding here for her famed flight, and Hoosier Gus Grissom was one of the first humans in space.
That sweet song you hear? There’s a good chance it was made with the help of a Hoosier singer or songwriter. We have a long lineage of popular music that includes artists as diverse as Wes Montgomery, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, John Mellencamp, and Michael Jackson.
Invention and Innovation
Indiana’s big ideas have helped move the world forward. The first gasoline pump was created in Fort Wayne. Madam CJ Walker developed a ground breaking line of hair care products in addition to a game-changing approach to how they were sold. And Wabash was the first electrically-lighted city in the world.
Charm and Character
No list of Indiana’s greatest hits would be complete without admitting that part of our charm lies in our creativity and quirkiness. Whether you uncover it when you drop in to visit the World’s Largest Ball of Paint in Alexandria, when you bite into a forkful of sugar cream pie, or savor a meal in an 1836 kitchen at Conner Prairie, there’s no denying that life in Indiana is wildly colorful.
Though we’re known for lakes and not oceans, Indiana was once submerged in a shallow inland sea. As a result, Hoosier ground is rich with mineral resources that power daily life and make it more beautiful. Whether it’s the vital energy from our coal, the sturdiness and beauty of our limestone, or the newly tapped potential of our wind energy, the Hoosier state is rich with natural resources.
Arts and Culture
The world is a little more beautiful (and talented) because of Indiana. Our state made its mark in the world of arts and culture through Kurt Vonnegut’s clever fiction, Michael Graves’s post-modern architecture, and Jim Davis’s Garfield. And that’s just naming a few! Whether they’re creating something with their hands or shaping history with their gifts, Hoosiers have helped shape contemporary culture.
From Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn to Papa John’s pizza, America has been getting a taste of Indiana for decades. Clabber Girl in Terre Haute has been helping bakers for more than 150 years, and Van Camp’s Pork and Beans got its start in the Hoosier state. Whether it comes from a kitchen or from the fields, Indiana helps feed our nation.
Indiana is a birthplace of exploration and discovery. Lewis and Clark began their expedition here in 1804. Our state was an important part of the auto industry in the early 1900s through testing automobiles on the Indianapolis 500 track, and producing luxury cars through Stutz Motor Company.
Ernie Pyle brought rich stories into people’s homes and changed the way reporters write about war. Jane Pauley was a pioneer for women in the newsroom. David Letterman created late-night television that went viral – years before the internet existed. Every day, Hoosiers help shape the news.