Fishers Sesquicentennial Celebration
Celebrate Fishers’ 150th Birthday
The City of Fishers is excited to announce their Sesquicentennial Year celebration, marking Fishers’ 150th birthday. This summer through June 2023, the city will celebrate the founding of Fishers, then called Fishers Switch, in 1872 by showcasing what it means to be uniquely Fishers.
Take a self-guided tour of Fishers’ history, culture, and community favorites on the Fishers Sesquicentennial Trail! Now through June 2023, pick up a trail passport from various locations around the city and begin checking off destinations as you explore.
From historic sites such as the Ambassador House and Conner Prairie, to cultural destinations such as Holland Park and the Ignite Studio, to local businesses celebrating with Sesquicentennial specials and menu items, the trail is the perfect way to celebrate what it means to be uniquely Fishers.
The first 150 finishers will receive a special prize pack, including a gift card to a local business and Fishers branded apparel.
Squirrel Stampede Mini Golf
Swing away with Squirrel Stampede Mini Golf, a 4-hole course celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Great Squirrel Stampede when hundreds of squirrels migrated through Hamilton County. This project is made possible through partnership with Visit Hamilton County as part of the 2023 Hamilton County Bicentennial.
Sesquicentennial Podcast Series
The City has partnered with Towne Post on a new bi-monthly podcast series hosted by Tom Britt and Larry Lannan, which will explore topics related to Fishers’ history. Check back for more podcasts to be released soon!
Community Time Capsule
Fishers is partnering with Towne Post to curate a community time capsule that will be displayed in the keystone of the new Arts & Municipal Complex, debuting in spring 2024. The capsule will be opened in 50 years in 2073. The community is invited to submit ideas for items that should be included in the capsule via an online form on the Towne Post website.
Sesquicentennial Archives: Free Digitizing for Residents
Fishers residents can digitize their historic photos and items for free in partnership with Fishers-based Memory Ventures ScanCafe. Through this partnership, residents and individuals with historically significant photos, slides, films, and other mediums can have them digitally preserved, shared in the official City of Fishers Sesquicentennial Archives, and receive digital downloads of their files for safe keeping and personal archiving. Learn more.
Wear some Sesquicentennial-themed apparel to celebrate #Fishers150! Check out Fishers Families shirts honoring our city’s founders and the emerald green Sesquicentennial tee on our online apparel store.
Explore Fishers History
This year, as we celebrate Fishers’ Sesquicentennial, we look back on the people and families who were involved in the founding of our city. It is important to remember that the history recounted in this article is only about the colonial settlers. Native American...
Known as one of the best living history museums in the country, Conner Prairie is demonstrative of Fishers’ history and Indiana history as a whole. The museum was built around the home of William Conner, a prominent politician and negotiator who was one of the first...
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At the banks of Allisonville Road and 126th Street lies a 199-year-old Fishers mystery. Tucked into the woods like an afternoon fog, Heady Hollow is an enigma that many have tried to unravel, but none have been successful.As legend has it, Heady Hollow was once home...
Geist Reservoir has become a community staple in Fishers and the surrounding areas. Many people recognize Geist as a symbol of our city’s growth throughout the last few decades. What most people don’t know is why Geist is also a symbol of our history. Years before...
What used to be the sound of a school bell ringing to summon children inside to learn is now a carrying echo of coffee orders and good conversation. The one-room schoolhouse that sat empty for many years intrigued Schoolhouse 7 Cafe owners, Curt and Sarah Tappendorf,...
In the 1890s, one Fishers family earned a distinction few people at the time, and likely any resident of Fishers since, have had: survived multiple bomb attacks. An article from the Hamilton East Public Library by Hamilton County Historian David Heighway chronicles...
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Gallery 116 used to be the old Fishers Town Hall and before that, the old Manship Farm. Owner Tracy Gritter speaks on spooky encounters her and her employees have experienced. With such a deep-rooted history, was something paranormal left behind?
The City of Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana. Take a look at how our community has changed over the years into the smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city we call home.