Indianapolis Sesquicentennial Commission collection
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Additionally, the collection contains information related to merchandise sold by the commission including record books, invoices and promotional materials, and information related to events run by the commission including committee reports. Resumes and original applicant photographs for Queen Contest and the Mr. and Mrs. Hospitality Event are also in the collection.
The commission’s offices were located at the Indianapolis Hilton Hotel and had a bank account through American Fletcher National Bank (now part of Bank One). The collection contains statements, payment receipts, invoices, and other budget related material in regard to the Commission’s activities.
Artifacts in the collection include original artwork relating to the logo and medallion of the sesquicentennial, a plaque given to the citizens of Marion County for their help with the Indiana sesquicentennial, and two dozen photos of exhibits from the Indiana Sesquicentennial five years earlier. Commissioner John T. Sutton’s collection of materials related to his two-year service on the commission remains filed together.
The oversize folder contains Indianapolis Sesquicentennial coin sketches, a painted logo and contest poster ranging from 1966 to 1972 (OB088).
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Public celebrations began on January 6, 1971; the 150th anniversary the General Assembly accepted a report recommending Indianapolis become the state’s capital city. Throughout the year, the city hosted numerous events, including a beauty pageant, special exhibits at the city’s museums, co-sponsorship of the first Indiana Black Expo, a race of antique cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as well as the July 4th Street Fair and Fireworks Spectacular, which drew an estimated 100,000 people. The city’s religious communities united together to host an interdenominational program, “Faith for a City.” Civil War re-enactors encamped at Fort Benjamin Harrison in June to remember the events of a century earlier.
Edward Leary wrote a narrative history of the city, "Indianapolis: The Story of a City," specifically for the sesquicentennial. The commission also produced commemorative medallions and a cookbook that were sold to the public. The motto for the year-long celebration was “We Celebrate Our City.”
David G. Vanderstel. “Anniversary Celebrations.” In Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, p. 262-263. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.
4.65 Cubic Feet (14 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)
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