Hoosier Homecoming Photos #3: Bicentennial Cosplay!

Abraham Lincoln!

True history: li’l Abraham Lincoln grew up from age 7 to age 21 in southern Indiana, and our fair state will never let anyone forget it.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

On October 15th, downtown Indianapolis hosted a very special convention of sorts. The “Hoosier Homecoming” was a celebration held at the Indiana State House in honor of Indiana’s 200th birthday, with a host of well-known local faces in attendance, an opportunity for self-guided tours of the State House, and the closing ceremonies to the Indiana Torch Relay, a 37-day event in which a specially lit torch — not unlike the Olympics’ own, but inspired by the torch on our state flag — traveled through all 92 Indiana counties by various transportation methods until its final stop in Marion County at the Homecoming.

I mentioned in a previous chapter our mutual impression that the Homecoming was basically like our other conventions — one large building, famous guests, vendors selling wares, a main stage with events, musical performances by singers you don’t know, and so on. And it wouldn’t be a true convention without creative costumes. The State House grounds weren’t overflowing with them, nor were attendees actively encouraged to dress up in the brochures, but a handful of volunteers and Indiana history superfans added to the ambience and in a couple of cases went with super-obscure characters that stumped us until they educated us. Usually that’s the job of anime fans.

(Longtime MCC readers may be shocked and relieved to know we saw exactly zero Deadpool variants hanging around. That’s clearly where the convention similarities end.)

Madam CJ Walker!

At right is business owner and philanthropist Madam CJ Walker, reputedly the first self-made female millionaire in America. In 1910 she moved her company to Indy and lived here herself for six years. Her legacy and impact live on in a number of fashions, including an eponymous theater. At left is…a friend?

Civil War reenactors!

Civil War reenactors: never hold a history fair without them. The vintage rifles were a bonus.

Civil War, Volunteer Indiana Regiment!

We questioned the wisdom of wearing Confederate togs until the scholarly gentleman explained to us that in the Civil War there was indeed a Volunteer Indiana Regiment whose men wore grey uniforms. I can only imagine the battlefield confusion.

History cosplay!

We regret missing this speaker’s identity, though my first guess is Solomon Kane. As we passed by, he talked to his audience about printer’s ink back in the day.

[UPDATED 10/18/2016: The above costume is Elihu Stout, noted as publisher of the first newspaper in Indiana. Extra-special thanks to Bill McCleery for the assist.]

Governor William Hendricks!

Here’s a deep, deep dive into Indiana history: Governor and Mrs. William Hendricks. His gubernatorial term from 1822 to 1825 would be the last served in our original state capital of Corydon near the Kentucky border, before our government was relocated on his watch to the central city of Indianapolis.

tiny cosplayers!

Tiny cosplayers from a stage performance we missed, making history extra adorable.


Suffragette in the House! Suddenly more relevant than ever.

To be continued! Other chapters in this six-part MCC miniseries:

Part 1: Adventures in Local Government
Part 2: The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Finale
Part 4: Notes from the Office of the Governor of Indiana
Part 5: The Art of the Indiana State House
Part 6: The Indiana Bicentennial Bonus Bric-a-Brac Bonanza

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