Remember the old saying that you learn something new every day? This section has a year’s worth of those somethings about Indiana history, and then some.

Each day during Indiana’s bicentennial year, we offered on page A2, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, a daily Indiana history question. The answers were — and still are — online at

Today, we offer those answers in print for the first time, in a section you’ll want to read and re-read, then save for your children and grandchildren.

There’s a lot of other Indiana history content inside for you, too.

Indiana Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairs Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton offer their perspective on the year-long celebration that ended in December.

Courtesy of the Hoosier State Press Association, we also offer a series of half-page history lessons about different facets of Indiana.

You’ll also find stories about 16 entrepreneurs, 16 athletes and 16 prominent Hoosiers who made it big in the arts. Don’t feel slighted if your favorite Hoosier idol isn’t listed; it’s a tribute to our state that there were so many that we didn’t even try to make it a list of top 16. You’ll find some familiar faces, but we hope you’ll find some surprises, too.

Three other pages offer facts about people, places and events in the history of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. Here, too, you likely will find some surprises.

You’ll find all of this, and much more, at

We plan to continue adding to the history website as well as offering stories relating to moments in history in print.

The NWI History blog and NWI History Facebook page will continue, too.

I want to thank our partners who have helped us bring you a wealth of information throughout the bicentennial year – the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum, Calumet Regional Archives, Valparaiso University’s Center for Civic Reflection, Hammond Public Library, Whiting Public Library, Michigan City Public Library, Porter County Public Library System, and, of course, the LaPorte County Historical Society, Dyer Historical Society, Westchester Historical Society, Portage Community Historical Society, Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society, Porter County Museum, Merrillville/Ross Township Historical Society, Hammond Historical Society, Hebron Historical Society, Munster Historical Society and many others.

Thanks go to you, too, for sharing your stories and photos and your interest in this topic. Your input remains very valuable to us. Please contact me or Pat Kincaid with any photos and news tips related to the Region’s history. We’d love to hear from you.

You can reach Kincaid at, 219-933-3383, or me at, 219-548-4360.

Porter/LaPorte Editor Doug Ross can be reached at (219) 548-4360 or Follow him at and on Twitter @nwi_DougRoss. The opinions are the writer's.


Porter/LaPorte County Editor

Porter/LaPorte Editor Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.