Bicentennial commission approves county project

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission conducted its October meeting Oct. 27 at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis.

76 Bicentennial Legacy Projects were approved during the meeting, including one in Jackson County.

2016 is a big year for Brownstown, Jackson County, the state and the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge east of Seymour.

Several events will be conducted in 2016 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the refuge, according to a news release from the commission.

The refuge is more than 7,000 acres of natural lands. The Muscatatuck Wildlife Society is celebrating with bird sits, bird counts, bird walks, preschool craft times, a migratory bird festival, public lands days, children’s fishing activities, Log Cabin Day, photo contests and more.

If your organization would like to create a Bicentennial Legacy Project, contact county coordinator Arann Banks at arann@jackson

Applications are considered for approval at every meeting of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, a 15-member body co-chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton. The commission is charged with overseeing the planning and execution of a statewide celebration for Indiana’s 200th birthday.

For information about Indiana’s bicentennial, visit