Sunday, May 11, 2003

Dearborn Co. also marking bicentennial

Bicentennial notebook

By Randy McNutt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LAWRENCEBURG - Just in time for Ohio Bicentennial comes the 200th birthday of Dearborn County, Ind.

"It was once a part of Hamilton County, Ohio," said county bicentennial spokesman Fred McCarter. "So we have a connection."

Dearborn is the third-oldest county in the Hoosier state.

The county is being recognized by the Indiana General Assembly for its heritage and contributions.

McCarter said State Sen. Johnny Nugent and State Rep. Bob Bischoff, both of Lawrenceburg, will present Dearborn officials with a joint legislative resolution from the assembly at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday at the Dearborn County Historical Museum, 508 W. High St.

A reception will be held 2-4 p.m. in the museum, once the home of Lawrenceburg founder Samuel Vance.

Dearborn was a part of Hamilton County until William Henry Harrison, the first governor of the Indiana Territory, formed Dearborn as an Indiana county in March 1803, McCarter said.

The county was named in honor of Maj. Gen. Henry Dearborn, who served as secretary of war under Thomas Jefferson.

Today, Dearborn's fast-growing population is 46,000.

Information: (812) 539-8103.

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CANTON - To help the Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, bicentennial barn painter Scott Hagan will paint the side of the building visible from Interstate 77.

He will paint a special hall of fame logo and the state bicentennial logo May 16-17. The public is invited to watch.

The hall will host a special ceremony at 10 a.m. May 17, with Hagan and hall members Larry Csonka and Don Shula, both Ohio natives.


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HAMILTON-Butler County's Bicentennial Ball will be June 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Fitton Center for the Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.

Only 200 tickets will be sold, at $50 per person.

The event will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds will help the Butler County Bicentennial Legacy Project, which consists of a history resource guide, CD-ROM, portable displays, history audio tapes and a resource videotape.

Tickets and information: 887-3437.

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DAYTON-The Montgomery County Historical Society will open its exhibit, "Dayton, Ohio: Hometown of the Wrights," June 4 at the Research Center.

Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4-27. The society is at 224 N. St. Clair St.

Information: (937) 228-6271 or

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