Message from Commissioner President, Julie Thomas

Welcome to Monroe County’s Bicentennial Celebration!

Whether you live here or are visiting the area, we invite you to join us as we celebrate this historic year!

Monroe County has a fascinating history – it is evident in the limestone architecture, the historic buildings and monuments, and the cultural artifacts. You can hear it in the stories of Monroe County residents – descendants of founding families and those who have arrived more recently. Monroe County history has been made in the quarries, mills, and shops, in local government, in our schools and churches, on our farms and in the residences of our community. But the fundamental element of our history is the residents who made – and make - Monroe County the special place that it is. In addition to the well-known trailblazers and pioneers, there are those who quietly enacted positive change in our community. These stories inspire us every day.

Please plan to attend (at least) one of the many events listed on the Bicentennial calendar on this website. Bookmark the page, as events will be added throughout the year.

We look forward to celebrating the people and places of Monroe County with you!

Julie L. Thomas


Be a part of history by helping restore the Alexander Memorial.  Located on the Courthouse lawn, the memorial was built in 1928 to honor veterans of all wars from Monroe County. It has been exposed to the elements and suffered both intentional and unintentional damage in the last 90-years.  By sponsoring a page in the Memorial Coloring Book, you will help with this Monroe County Bicentennial endorsed project.  You can follow this restoration project on the Alexander Memorial  Facebook page at  Please contact Mary Elftman at 812-349-2537 for more information or to sponsor a page. Thank you for helping bring this landmark back to its original beauty.

To find out more about the Bicentennial Coloring book click here.

For sponsorship costs, guidelines and deadline click here.

For a sample page from the coloring book click here.


Hey Monroe County kids, help name the Fish!

The Monroe County History Center is sponsoring a contest to name the fish that tops the courthouse as part of the Monroe County Bicentennial. Get more details by visiting this link.

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