Henry County & Robert Indiana in the Statehouse

I was approached at the beginning of the month with a great opportunity to display Henry County in a cabinet in the Lieutenant Governor’s office in Indianapolis. I worked with the theme “Love, Flight, and Basketball.”



We highlighted some of the great businesses that make up our community, including Jack’s Donuts, Good’s Candies, TS Tech, Boar’s Head Meats, and several others. Also represented were Summit Lake State Park, the Henry County Saddle Club, and the New Castle Little League World Series Team. Executive Director Elizabeth Edstene from the Henry County Historical Society helped round out our general shelf with a copy of Raintree County, a great wooden ornament of the Courthouse, and a black and white photo of the Maxwell.

On display showing our basketball heritage were Kent Benson’s New Castle Trojans jersey (1973), a picture of Steve Alford (New Castle, 1983), and a plaque honoring Marion Pierce (Lewisville, 1961). Pictures of the Fieldhouse and Hoosier Gym were also displayed. A huge thank you to Executive Director Chris May and archivist Les Vulgan at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Wright Brothers were highlighted as well. If you haven’t been to the Wilbur Wright Birthplace & Museum recently, go this weekend. They continue to grow and make that an incredibly special place. A lot of history in that place makes for a memorable trip. Pat Malott and Terry Cory from the museum assisted in honoring the Wright brothers.

Rounding out our Henry County display were pictures from our trip to Vinalhaven and bits of history of Robert Indiana, including LOVE, HOPE, and, of course, No 1 New Castle. It was a great opportunity to further the general public education of who this great man is, what wonderful art he has made, and how he is tied to New Castle.

A big thank you to the Lieutenant Governor’s office for this opportunity and all the help to make it as easy a project as possible.

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Myself, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, and New Castle Mayor Greg York