Indiana Heritage Project
Project Goal: This project is to help you explore the history, culture and unique attractions of Indiana and the communities/counties in the state. History is all around... family photo albums, public statues, historical markers, etc. Look around and you will discover interesting things to research.
Exhibit Levels: Level 1 (grades 3 - 5) Level 2 (grades 6 – 8) Level 3 (grades 9 & up)
Exhibit suggestions: Explore a topic related to Indiana Heritage...the key to the exhibit is something or someone as part of the history, culture or uniqueness of Indiana. Make sure you include important facts, pictures, drawings, etc. with your exhibit. The information must meet the requirements and objectives for the individual project. Materials should be educational for the youth and the audience.
Topic examples: You are not limited to Marion County, so use your creativity:
- Place names, county/town formations (Who was Marion County named for? What is the importance of Rocky Ripple?)
- Celebrities, artists, musicians, writers, sports figures (Who is Gene Stratton Porter?)
- Landmarks/Monuments (history of Sailors & Soldiers’ Monument, Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, etc.)
- Man-made transportation features, canals, crossroads, railroads, bridges (How did I-465, Patoka Lake reservoir, Ohio River bridges get built?)
- Natural resources, formations (state forests, waters, game preserves, agricultural changes, etc.)
- Business development (Ball Canning Company, Hulman distribution, Eli Lilly pharma, etc.)
- Native Heritage (settler immigration patterns, native settlements, etc.)
- Icons / Oddities (Mr. Bendo, the Big Peach, Greensburg Tower Tree, etc.)
Possible research sources: Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Government Center, Purdue University, Smithsonian Institution, etc.
- Poster – Follow 4-H General Poster Guidelines. Include the 4-H Indiana Heritage record sheet and a listing of sources (firmly attached) on the back of the poster.
- Notebook/Scrapbook – Assemble a standard 8 ½” x 11” notebook binder, or 12” x 12” bound scrapbook. If larger sizes are used they must fold to fit correctly inside the binder. Pictures, graphics and artwork are encouraged. Include the 4-H Indiana Heritage record sheet and a listing of sources in the back of the binder.
- Video – Create a video tour or power point no more than 10 minutes in length. Include an introductory title, 4-H member name, club name, date created, and ending with credits to anyone appearing/helping with the video. Include the 4-H Indiana Heritage record sheet and a printed list of sources.
The video exhibit is to be MP4 or compatible format and submitted on a DVD, flash/thumb drive, or other media storage device, labeled with exhibitor’s name, video title, and date created. The exhibit should include a report in a folder describing how and when the video was created, design challenges, what was learned, hardware, software, and equipment used, screenshots, etc.
- Digital – Develop a digital presentation of an Indiana Heritage subject, published on a website. Possible options might include a TED (technology, entertainment, design) talk, a documentary, or developing a website. Include the full website address for your exhibit, the 4-H Indiana Heritage record sheet, and a printed list of sources. Also include a report in a folder describing how and when the digital presentation was created, design challenges, what was learned, hardware, software, and equipment used, screenshots, etc.
The judge may choose to view Video or Digital exhibits in their entirety or a portion. Every effort will be made to show exhibits in their proper format at the fair, but sometimes we may be limited with video and digital projects.
Score Cards: See links below
- Printable version to fill out by hand
- Google Docs link to type (Once you have opened choose "File" and then "Make Copy")