[r55] Celebrating 200 Years (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 3/22/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM

Celebrating 200 Years

Ensuring that a special moment will forever be memorialized in the history of our state’s government is a very special privilege reserved for legislators. In honor of the 200th birthday of the city of Connersville, Senate Concurrent Resolution 36 was presented in both the House and Senate in celebration of this exciting event.

A resolution is basically a public congratulation in commemoration of an event, an accomplishment such a national championship or as a way to remember a person such as like a war hero or great contributor to society.

As a city, Connersville is actually three years older than our great Hoosier state. It was founded in 1813 by fur trader John Conner and started out as just 62 lots of land. Through hard work and dedication, Connersville quickly became a community to be proud of, growing to nearly eight square miles with more than 13,000 residents. 

With the nickname “Little Detroit,” Connersville has a past to be proud of. Image the hustle and bustle of the streets during the peak of the automobile boom. An article by Indiana Public Media actually states that “industry was so concentrated in Connersville during its heyday that the city qualified as the manufacturing capital of the world, per capita.” The Auburn Automobile company and Visteon plant gave a lot to our community, helping form the strong foundation we have today.

Even through the actual date of the bicentennial was earlier in March, I’m excited to be part of the events planned for the Bicentennial Celebration in June. The soap box derby, basketball tournament, parade, pageant, grand prix kart racing, musical productions and art shows are just a few I’m looking forward to. To see a whole list, visit www.connersville200years.com/.

There is also a Facebook page with additional information, giving people in the community the opportunity to communicate and raise awareness of all the goings on. 

I would like to thank those who came to accept the resolution in Honor of the Connersville Bicentennial. Joining me were 16 Bicentennial Committee Members, one citizen, Mayor Urban, City Councilwoman Debbie Montgomery, City Councilman Fran Chomel, City Attorney Jon Baker, Police Chief David Counceller, Deputy Police Chief Dennis Perkins, Street Superintendent David Jobe, Fire Chief Troy Tipton and Board of Public Works and Safety Member Ron Coldiron.
The people in our communities are what truly make Indiana the great state it is. The coined phrase “Hoosier hospitality” isn’t just a flippantly used term; I think it personifies the true nature of the people here. I am grateful to be able to serve you, and I welcome any comments, questions or concerns you may have. I am available by phone at 317-232-9850 or by email at h55@in.gov.


State Rep. Cindy Ziemke serves as Vice Chairman of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction.  Rep. Ziemke represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.

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