Hamilton County Celebrates 200th Anniversary with Book Release • Current Edition

By Les Morris

Hamilton County will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2023 and residents will have the chance to contribute their story to that story.

As part of the upcoming bicentennial, the Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission invites past and present residents to submit their memories and experiences of county life for an upcoming book, “Celebrating Hamilton County, Indiana: 200 Years of Change “. The deadline for contributions is March 15.

Photos are also welcome. Selected stories and photos will be featured in the book itself and more in an accompanying blog. All submissions will be saved for posterity, according to Bicentennial Coordinator Jessica Petty.

The special-edition book is being created by a team of volunteer writers, editors and historians and is expected to be released in November. Paid ads can also be purchased with an early August deadline.

“The purpose of the book is to discuss the nine townships of Hamilton County and include those more recent stories,” Petty said, noting that each township will have its own chapter.

Several well-known residents have agreed to contribute chapters. Hamilton County historian David Heighway will write the first chapter of the book and the chapter on Noblesville Township, where he has lived for 29 years.

“The book will be a great opportunity to start conversations about dealing with today’s issues by looking at actions the county has taken in the past,” Heighway said. “I also hope that many young people will be interested in it.”

Another part of the Noblesville Township section will include African American history, a story that may be less familiar than others. It will be written by Bryan Glover, director of Learning for Roberts Settlement, who graduated from Noblesville High School in 1975. Glover serves on the board of directors of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and the Noblesville Diversity Coalition.

To submit a story, visit hamcoturns200.com/our-book.