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The 198th birthday of Indiana will be celebrated on Statehood Day, Thursday, December 11. Festivities will be held at the Indiana State House, the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society. Each program will feature one of the winners of the 4th grade essay contest titled Hoosier Bicentennial Moments.

For more information about entering the essay contest or how to participate in one of the programs held on December 11 contact one of the event coordinators listed in the informational handout (.pdf).

2013 Indiana Statehood Day Essay Contest Winners

Winners were honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at the Indiana State House on December 11, 2013.
Download the event program here

2013 Essay Contest Winners
Award Name Teacher School Essay
First Place Andrew Knight Mrs. Sanchez Our Lady of Grace School Levi Coffin
Second Place Skylar Ashcraft Rose Smith Sacred Heart School Ryan White
Third Place Elizabeth Parrish Jessica Davis Van Rensselaer Elementary Variety of Heroes
Fourth Place Cate Lehner Connie Hessler St. Jude School Her Uncle James who fought in Vietnam

Learn more about the heroes selected by 2013's essayists:

Levi Coffin
Levi Coffin is the subject of an Indiana State Historical Marker and his home is a National Historic Landmark. Learn more about the Coffin House from Wayne County, and visit DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Indiana Freedom Trails for more about the Underground Railroad.

Ryan White
Read this profile from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to learn more about Ryan White.

Visit the Indiana War Memorial for more information about legacy of veterans like those mentioned in the 3rd place and Honorable Mention winners’ essays.

Book Suggestions:

A Good Night for Freedom by Barbara Olenyik Morrow
This children’s picture book is based on a story from Levi Coffin’s Reminiscence.

The Underground Railroad for Kids by Mary Kay Carson
This is an activity book that includes some primary sources, maps, and activities. Some mention of Indiana’s UGRR activities and participants.

Ryan White, my own story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham
White’s autobiography.