Indianapolis Centennial Committee collection
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- Indianapolis Centennial Committee (Organization)
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The celebration started June 5, 1920 at Tomlinson Hall, with other activities through the 9th, including a parade on the 7th, and the pageant on June 8 at the State Fair Coliseum. Compared to many of the Statehood Centennial celebrations, the Indianapolis Centennial was not quite as reverent with its subject matter. William Bates, the author, felt that "quite a number of quaint and amusing things have happened in Indianapolis within the past hundred years, and if some of them have crept into this picture they may be welcomed by those who delight not in dry-as-dust annals." More attention was paid to early events rather than those remembered by the still living, and "in doing so only a general sequence of events has been attempted, and the calendar has been condensed with a freedom bordering upon disrespect." Some of the events they portrayed included the following: An Indian chant; Settling of Pioneers; An attack by an Indian looking for whisky; Platting the town with a roll-call of prominent early settlers; An interpretive dance with the enemies of mud and malaria; Finishing the Madison Railroad; The Civil War; A Ballet of gifts to the city.
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"Indianapolis Centennial Commission." Other Centennial Celebrations. Accessed April 17, 2015. https://secure.in.gov/library/2522.htm.
0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)
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