April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Hoosier project receives bicentennial nod

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Another Hope-based project has been chosen as an Indiana bicentennial legacy project, by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

The commission recently announced that an online presentation making the case that Hope originated the word "Hoosier" was added to 23 other Bartholomew County projects. According to an announcement by Lynn Lucas, the local organizer for bicentennial projects:

"The Columbus Area Visitors Center's project 'Did Hope Put the 'I' in Hoosier' explores new research findings in the debate surrounding the origin of the term 'Hoosier.' The origin of the nickname remains a matter of great debate. Genealogical research suggests the first documented use is traced to Martin Hauser, founder of the town of Hope, in 1830. This reference of the name 'Hoosier' is found in a letter written in 1831."

The research for the project was done by Melina Fox, former Hope town manager.

Other approved bicentennial legacy projects in Hope include the Pioneer Village at Hope Heritage Days and the Hope Town Square project.

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