Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor the state's 200 years of history, and to do so in a modern way that engages all 6.5 million Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations, all according to the state's website dedicated to the occasion.
At The Brazil Times, we've made an effort to highlight the state happenings related to the state's celebration, as well as the events planned locally, such as the torch relay through the county.
We've also taken this opportunity to highlight our county's own history through printed avenues like "A Look Back," which is the summarization then reprinting of old news from Brazil newspapers past. Each week, reporter Frank Phillips hops on our microfilm reader, known in the office as "The Way Back Machine," to find highlights to transcribe for future Monday editions.
Then, there's "Clay County Through the Years," which runs every Wednesday. Volunteer researchers from the Clay County Genealogical Society have been busy compiling stories that detail the county's history, from its formation to important figures and much else in between.
Today, we begin our newest feature, "History Matters," which focuses mostly on the historical artifacts -- and the stories surrounding them -- housed inside the Clay County Historical Museum. Reporter Ivy Jacobs has spent many hours researching important people, places and things that have helped shape Clay County into what it is today.
From an Olympic medal won by a Brazil resident to former Clay County business enterprises, such as the Knight-Brinkerhoff piano factory, there are many accounts even life-long county residents may not know.
For example, did you know there is a vintage perm machine inside the Clay County Historical Museum? Or, what about Tinseltown's famous theme song "Hooray for Hollywood" having roots in Brazil?
Ivy will explore these gems and more in "History Matters," which will appear on the first Monday of each month and possibly on additional publication days.