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March 27, 2014

Editorial: Share your story about living life as a Hoosier

Think about how you would describe Hoosier life.

Would you talk about the state’s wholesome heartland spirit? Would you note Indiana’s reputation for hospitality? Or would you focus on our penchant for going a little hysterical over basketball?

Inside each of us is a unique perspective that helps paint the complete picture of what it means to be a Hoosier. We all have a terrific tale to tell, born of experiences and relationships built right here at home.

It’s time to share those stories with each other.

In an effort to bring current and former residents together ahead of the state’s upcoming bicentennial, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission has launched a website to collect our stories and get Hoosiers talking about the perks of living in the state. At www.indiana2016.org/resources/hoosier-insights, residents can share their insights and read those of their fellow Hoosiers. The commission, charged with organizing celebrations for Indiana’s 200th anniversary in 2016, will publish select stories on its website at indiana2016.org.

Gov. Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have already contributed their “Hoosier Insights,” noting the renovated ice cream parlor Zaharakos in Bartholomew County and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, where they had their first date, as some of their favorite places in Indiana.

Madison County folks should contribute their stories to the project to ensure our little corner of Indiana isn’t left out. Locally, residents have already shared their insights through the We Are Madison County project, featured in The Herald Bulletin and other media.

As residents of Madison County and Indiana, we shouldn’t be ashamed to brag about our heritage. Tell others what it means to be one of us. Share the best things about living in Indiana. Let others in on the best-kept secrets of our county and state. Paint a picture with words about the beautiful places in which we dwell.

Be proud to be a Hoosier.

In summary Madison County residents should contribute their stories to the bicentennial story-telling project and be proud of their heritage.

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