The Society's "Pioneer Founders" Project

"Pioneer Founders of Indiana" centennial book

To honor the centennial of The Society of Indiana Pioneers and the bicentennial of the State of Indiana, the Society created this publication. The Pioneer Founders of Indiana book project is the culmination of five years of soliciting biographical sketches of pioneers from all 92 counties across Indiana. This is a Legacy Project endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Order your copy today. Proceeds go to The Society of Indiana Pioneers.

The book order form is available here.

History of the 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 sought 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 were 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 were honored.

Documenting our Hoosier Heritage

Be sure to visit the Society's extensive database of documented Indiana pioneer ancestors, and consider adding your own heritage to the project by joining the Society today!

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