The Society's "Pioneer Founders" Project
At the 2010 summer meeting of the Board of Governors, an initiative was approved to pay tribute to exceptional pioneers for their efforts in building early Indiana. The Society of Indiana Pioneers was founded in 1916, when Indiana celebrated its 100th anniversary of statehood. In preparation for the 200th anniversary of statehood – and the Society’s centennial celebration – the Society seeks to honor special pioneers from each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
A committee chaired by Bob Dora undertook the project to allow contributors to nominate ancestors for this distinction. Each year, 15 to 20 counties will be selected and invited to submit nominations of Pioneer Founders to be honored at the Annual Meeting. At the Centennial celebration in 2016, Pioneer Founders from all 92 counties will be honored.
To nominate a 2014 Pioneer Founder, download and fill out the nomination form (PDF format) and send the completed form to the Society's address shown above.
While our primary focus each year is to seek nominees from the designated counties, nominations from any county previously designated will be welcome at any time before our centennial year. To nominate a Pioneer Founder from a county previously designated, download and fill out this general nomination form (PDF format) and send the completed form to the Society's address shown above.
Nominations for 2010 were solicited from the following counties: Allen, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Harrison, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Marshall, Montgomery, Putnam, Scott, Shelby, Starke, Switzerland, Vigo and Wayne.
Nominations for 2011 were solicited from the following counties: Benton, Boone, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Fulton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Henry, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Pike, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, and Washington.
Nominations for 2012 were solicited from the following counties: Bartholomew, Elkhart, Hancock, Howard, Huntington, LaPorte, Lake, Miami, Noble, Parke, Posey, Rush, Sullivan, Tipton, Union, Warren, Wells, and Whitley.
Nominations for 2013 were solicited from the following counties: Blackford, Brown, Clay, Daviess, DeKalb, Dubois, Fayette, Franklin, Gibson, Greene, Jackson, Kosciusko, Madison, Newton, Porter, Randolph, Vanderburgh, and White.
Nominations for 2014 are being solicited from the following counties: Adams, Decatur, Grant, Fountain, Jay, Jasper, Jennings, LaGrange, Marion, Martin, Owen, Pulaski, Ripley, Spencer, Steuben, Vermillion, Wabash, and Warrick.