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  • 1. Inquiry Project #3
    Kelsey Zehr
    Education 357
  • 2. History of Lawrence County
    • Established in 1819
    • 3. Lawrence County is in the south central part of Indiana
    • 4. The county seat is located at Bedford
    • 5. Lawrence County is named in honor of Captain James
    Lawrence, the American naval officer whose trips to England
    in 1811 produced the unsatisfactory answers from the English that led to the War of 1812. Captain Lawrence is famous for his final words of "Don't Give Up the Ship" which has become the Navy's rallying cry.
    • Part of the Hoosier National Forest covers the county's west side; this beautiful area provides a very worthwhile visit
    • 6. Other points of interest include:
    • 7. The Williams Dam State Fishing Area near the town of Williams
    • 8. The Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell
    • 9. The Avoca State Fish Hatchery
    • 10. Blue Springs Caverns
    • 11. Virgil "Gus" Grissom Memorial
    • 12. The Devils Backbone on the eastern border
    • 13. Tunnelton Tunnel
    • 14. Williams Covered Bridge
  • Lawrence County
  • Bedford
    Limestone Capital of the World
    • Founded as a town and the county seat of Lawrence County, Indiana around 1825.
    • 37. Total Area: 11.9 Square Miles
    • 38. Population: 13,758
    • 39. Bedford is known as the limestone capital of the world, and is surrounded by limestone quarries, many of which are dangerously used by the residents for swimming.
    • 40. A common name for the light gray Indiana limestone quarried in south central Indiana is “Bedford limestone”
    • 41. Buildings/Monuments made out of Bedford Limestone:
    • 42. Biltmore Estate
    • 43. Empire State Building
    • 44. The Pentagon
    • 45. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • 46. Yankee Stadium
    • 47. Washington National Cathedral
  • Mitchell
    • Mitchell was built as a railroad town in the mid-19th century.
    • 48. Became Mitchell in 1853.
    • 49. Population: 4,567
    • 50. Points of Interest in Mitchell:
    • 51. Spring Mill State Park
    • 52. The Opera House
    • 53. Gus Grissom Memorial
    • 54. Traditions/Festivals:
    • 55. Persimmon Festival
    • 56. Demographics:
    • 57. 98.31% White
    • 58. 0.28% African American
    • 59. 0.11% Native American
    • 60. 0.09% Asian
    • 61. 0.02% Pacific Islander
    • 62. 0.13% from Other Races
  • Limestone Month
    June 1st-July 4th
    In Lawrence County, Indiana
    • Festivities Include:
    • 63. Limestone Exhibit
    • 64. Cruise In
    • 65. Tour of Siebolt Quarry
    • 66. Lost River Tour
    • 67. Quarry Classic Swim Meet
    • 68. Limestone Heritage Festival (Week of Independence Day)
    • 69. Picnic with the Pops
    • 70. Limestone Heritage Architectural Tour
    • 71. Limestone Festival Pancake Breakfast
    • 72. Stone Carvers Exhibit
    • 73. Parade
    • 74. Fireworks (July 4th)
    For a Full Calendar of Events Click Here:
  • 75. Limestone Heritage Festival
    The festival includes a parade featuring a militaryflyover, fireworks, stone carving exhibition, ice creamsocial, free open-air concertand more!
  • 76. Persimmon Festival
    Mitchell, Indiana
    The Persimmon Festival in
    Mitchell, Indiana occurs the last
    full week of September every year
    and runs for eight days. The festival has been a tradition on Main Street since 1946. The population of Mitchell swells every year at this time. More events have been added in the recent years until there is truly something for everyone. The festival is kicked off by the Candlelight Tour of the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park just east of town. The major highlight is the parade on the last Saturday that lasts for two hours and attracts crowds, by some estimates, over 40,000 people. An approximate 30 contestants enter each year to be named the Persimmon Festival Queen. In addition, contests are held for Mini Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss. Midway rides for the very young and the not-so-young line Main Street. Food booths and special offerings from local non-profits, churches and businesses abound. A popularity contest for artwork and for photography along with a juried Arts and Crafts Show are held at various sites in and around the downtown area.
    Festival Map:
  • 77. Persimmon Festival
    Mitchell, Indiana
    The Persimmon Pudding entries
    are always hotly contested. Not only
    does it take a winning recipe, but the
    most hidden secret is "what tree did your
    persimmons come from?".
    This year was the 63rd annual Persimmon Festival and was held on September 19-26, 2009.
    Contests held at the Persimmon Festival are:
    Horseshoe Contest
    Lip Sync Contest
    Persimmon Queen Contest
    Junior Miss Contest
    Little Miss Queen Contest
    Mini Miss Queen Contest
    Road Rally Contest
    Novelty Dessert Contest
    Persimmon Pudding Contest
    Photography Contest
    Art Show
    Arts and Crafts Contest
    Car Show
    5K Run/Walk
    Antique Tractor Show/Contest
    2009 Contest Results:
  • 78. Standards
    • 1.1.1 – Compare the way individuals in the community lived in the past with the way they live in the present.
    • 79. 2.1.3 – Identify individuals who had a positive impact on the local community.
    • 80. 2.1.4 – Identify and describe community celebrations, symbols and traditions and explain why they are important.
    • 81. 2.1.5 – Develop a timeline of important events in the history of the school and/or community.
    • 82. 2.1.6 – Create and maintain a calendar of important school days, holidays and community events.
    • 83. 2.1.7 – Read about and summarize historical community events using libraries and a variety of information strategies.
    Civics and Government:
    • K.2.1 – Foundations of Government: Give examples of people who are community helpers and leaders and describe how they help us.
    • 84. K.2.4 – Roles of Citizens: Give examples of how to be a responsible family member and member of a group.
    • 85. 1.2.4 – Describe ways that individual actions can contribute to the common good of the community.
    • 86. 2.2.3 – Identify community leaders, such as the mayor and the city council.
    • 87. 3.2.6 – Explain the role citizens have in making decisions within the community, state and nation.
  • Resources,_Indiana,+Indiana&gl=us&ei=kdv6SvxUiIacB7WsnIgN&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA