Your Town Friday: A birthday bash!

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Indianapolis, Ind. - We're lighting 200 candles for this week's Your Town Friday! Indiana is celebrating it's 200th birthday on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Indiana Historical Society is marking Statehood Day with a 200th birthday bash featuring hands-on activities, programs and treats for guests of all ages.

The celebration runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

IHS is also celebrating with a special interactive exhibit, You Are There 1816: Indiana Joins the Nation.

"We wanted to dial it back all the way back to the beginning of when we became a state and that would include the coming together of all the delegates who were going to write the state’s constitution back in 1816, which allowed us to become a state," said Angela Wolfgram, Exhibitions Researcher.

Unlike most exhibits, you're allowed to touch the props and are encouraged to debate with the exhibit actors!

"1816 can seem really distant, but by coming into this exhibit you get a sense of the people who were working in this convention who were debating things that still affect us today and I feel like it really makes what seems like very long ago personal, and it makes it come alive in way that people might not be expecting."

The exhibit is open until mid-January.

As for Sunday's party, IHS President and CEO John Herbst will pay tribute to Indiana at 2 p.m., along with author and historian James H. Madison. A sing-along, a balloon drop and sweets from Gigi's Cupcakes will follow the remarks.

At 12:15 and 2:30 p.m., IndyFringe presents Harrison! The Musical, an improv hip-hop musical about Indiana's founding fathers. At 1:30 and 3:45 p.m., the Indiana Repertory Theatre presents excerpts from Finding Home: Indiana at 200, a multifaceted look at Indiana's life and times. Writers from across the state contributed to the Bicentennial program, which features songs by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm.

Visitors can play pioneer games, create birthday cards and fill in a state map with their favorite things to see and do in Indiana. Guests also have the opportunity to pose for a photo with Abraham Lincoln, see specially chosen items from IHS's collections and view the Indiana Bicentennial Minute series, which features dozens of stories from the state's past.

IHS's Festival of Trees exhibit will serve as a backdrop to the Statehood Day celebration. The exhibit features 72 trees, with themes ranging from snowmen and nutcrackers to origami and Super Mario Bros. There is also a tree highlighting the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay.

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