New Albany Celebrates Bicentennial in 2013

Our region has a rich history – one that needs to be remembered and celebrated. Communities throughout the region are doing just that and New Albany is a great example.

New Albany, Indiana's BicentennialNew Albany, Indiana, a 200-year-old scenic river town, was founded in 1813 by Joel, Abner, and Nathaniel Scribner, who purchased the land on which to found the town. That land lies along the banks of the Ohio River, and this year, New Albany celebrates its bicentennial.

There are no shortage of events and projects being planned throughout the year to honor this important achievement. In fact, despite having numerous events planned from now through September, the Bicentennial Commission is still busy putting together additional celebratory events for 2013.

Some of the 2013 Bicentennial Events planned are listed below. Be sure to check out New Albany’s Facebook page to stay up to date when additional events are added to the calendar. The first event of the new year starts today.

  • Friday, January 25—Wonderland Way Exhibit Opening
  • Saturday, January 26—DNA’s “Through the Decades Ball” at The Grand
  • Saturday, April 6—New Albany’s Bicentennial Style Show “200 Years of Style” at the Grand
  • Sunday, May 5—The Padgett Museum Brunch at the Floyd County Museum
  • Saturday, June 22—Division Street School’s Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
  • Saturday, June 22—New Albany’s Public Art Walk
  • Saturday, August 10—Vintage Baseball/Old Fashioned Day on the Park
  • Saturday, September 14–DNA’s Historic Home Tour
  • September 20, 21, 27, 28–“Stories Behind the Stones” Historic Fairview Cemetery Tour
  • Saturday, November 2— Historic Governor’s Ball

In addition to the events listed above, there are also numerous projects that residents are invited to participate in. These include:

  • New Albany and Floyd County First Families Project—Can you prove that you had a direct ancestor living in the New Albany area prior to December 31, 1840?
  • Bicentennial Scrapbook Project—“40,000 Pages of Memories”
  • Bicentennial Museum Mania Cards
  • Historic House History Certificates—If can prove your house was built prior to 1963, you can get a Historic House Certificate from the New Albany Floyd County Library.

You can find out more information about each of these projects by visiting the website. We hope New Albany area residents enjoy participating in the historical events planned this year, and learn something about their town they never knew!

image courtesy of newalbany200.org