Chanute Biplane Dedication Renews Pride in Northwest Indiana

Thursday, July 14 was a day for celebrating innovation and success in Northwest Indiana. The Chanute Biplane Glider Dream Memorial was dedicated in a morning ceremony at Ivy Tech Community College’s Gary campus.


The ceremony featured a musical performance by Ross Summer Music Theatre and a flyover by the Tuskegee Red Tails. There were also many notable speakers who discussed the impact that the Northwest Indiana region has had on the history of innovation.


“We have a collective history to be proud of,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “We can do great things and we can do it if we work together. We can innovate and we can create even greater history in our future.”


Also present for the event were: new Ivy Tech president, Dr. Sue Ellspermann; members of The Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators, which organized and ran the dedication; local and state politicians; and several representatives from the Northwest Indiana business community. Although many of the audience members had come from different walks of life, there was a unified sense of pride in the air. Pilot Don Babcock, who also serves as the Vice Chair for The Society and Director of Economic Development for NIPSCO, emphatically described the climate of the region.


“Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship are alive and well and breathing in Northwest Indiana!”


Following the dedication ceremony, attendees were able to partake in tours of the new ‘Innovation Way’ gallery and refreshments. Get a first-hand look at all of the action of the day with the following video and photos.




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