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Indiana Historical Bureau

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George Rogers Clark Day, February 25

Adopted by the 1975 General Assembly (IC 1-1-13) to celebrate the accomplishments of Clark in the American Revolution; on February 25, 1779, the British surrendered to Clark at Vincennes, Indiana.

IC 1-1-13-1
Sec. 1. The governor shall issue an annual proclamation setting apart the twenty-fifth day of February for the recognition of George Rogers Clark and designating that day as "George Rogers Clark Day." On this commemorative day, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the schools of Indiana and the citizens of Indiana are exhorted to celebrate the memory of George Rogers Clark by holding suitable exercises in fitting and patriotic observance of his great contributions to the cause of American Independence which include conquering and securing the Northwest Territory and establishing and promoting the first permanent American settlement in the Northwest Territory.
(Formerly: Acts 1975, P.L.1, SEC.1.)

Northwest Ordinance Day, July 13

Adopted by the 1988 General Assembly (IC 1-1-14) to celebrate the adoption by the U.S. Congress in 1787 of this ordinance which established the Northwest Territory.

IC 1-1-14-1
Sec. 1. The governor shall issue a proclamation each year designating July 13 as "Northwest Ordinance Day" and exhorting the Indiana Historical Bureau, the educational, historic, and patriotic organizations of Indiana, and the citizens of Indiana to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Northwest Ordinance by holding suitable exercises in fitting and patriotic observance of this great document and its contributions to freedom and democracy.
As added by P.L.3-1988, SEC.1.

Indiana Day, December 11

Adopted by the 1925 General Assembly (IC 1-1-10) to commemorate the admission of Indiana to the Union in 1816 as the nineteenth state.

IC 1-1-10-1
Sec. 1. The governor shall issue a proclamation annually designating the eleventh day of December as Indiana Day, and in pursuance thereof suitable exercises, having reference to the historical event to be commemorated thereby, may be held in the public schools of the state, and by citizens generally throughout the state, in appropriate and patriotic observance of the anniversary of the admission of the state of Indiana into the Union.
(Formerly: Acts 1925, c.11, s.1.)