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200th anniversary of Battle of Tippecanoe this year

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A historic battle that launched the War of 1812 will be commemorated this fall as two Indiana parks prepare for exhibits, lectures and discussions that cover both sides of the battle.

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe is expected to draw large crowds to the Tippecanoe Battlefield park and Prophetstown State Park the weekend of Nov. 5.

Organizers say they want to depict the perspectives of both the troops that defended Indiana settlers and the Native Americans on the other side of the battle.

Visitors to Historic Prophetstown will have a chance to learn about the native tribes, how they lived then and what contributions they made to today’s agriculture, said Dris Abrahama, chief operating officer for the nonprofit organization located in the park.

“We won’t be focusing much on that day and that defeat,” Abraham told the Journal & Courier. “We’ll be looking at Native Americans’ contributions.”

Kathy Atwell, executive director of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, said the parks expect heavier crowds all summer because of the anniversary. The group is using grants from the visitors’ bureau to help promote the anniversary and is spreading word of the anniversary events through social media, travel sites and trade publications.

Atwell said she expects 15,000 to 20,000 attendees that weekend if the weather cooperates.


Posted 5/23/2011




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