CULVER — Saturday, June 8 a Scavenger Hunt beginning in the Town Park and ending with 175th birthday cupcakes at Lot No. 1 of the town’s original plat will mark the beginning of Culver’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

The first clue for the half-mile trek will be available at the lighthouse between 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

“We’re very happy that the exact anniversary of Bayless Dickson platting Uniontown back in 1844 falls this year on the day of the annual Taste of Culver celebration,” said Very Rev. Dr. John Houghton, chair of the anniversary coordinating committee and Emma Dickson’s first cousin four times removed. “We’re hoping that the scavenger hunt will be a fun way for people to get from the park to the place where it literally all began, on the southwest corner of the Dicksons’ farm.” 

Yearlong Celebration

The Committee, with representatives from a number of local governmental agencies, businesses and organizations, plans to continue observance of the anniversary through June 8, 2020, both with special events and with 175 themes at annual town festivals.

Steve Wehmeyer, of the Culver Cottage Bed and Breakfast, has designed an anniversary logo, which the Committee encourages people to use to publicize the celebration.

Several events have already been announced.

Janet Winrotte, local history and genealogy librarian at the Culver-Union Township Public Library, pointed out that the library will present a “Stories and Stones” event in the Masonic Cemetery on  Saturday, Sept. 21, and is hosting the Indiana State Historical Society traveling exhibit, “Indiana through the Mapmaker’s Eye,” beginning June 6.

The Antiquarian and Historical Society has a matching exhibit focused on this area, “Mapping to the Max,” on display through Aug. 31, and will sponsor a panel presentation about the history of the Culver-Union Township Fire Department, moderated by Jeff Kenney, on July 13.

Plans for Bayless and Emma Dickson scarecrows are reportedly under way.

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