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Hoosier Bicentennial Celebrations!

Essay Contest

How do you plan on celebrating the Bicentennial of Indiana? Write an essay and you could be honored at a Statehood Day celebration!

The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2015, a celebration of Indiana’s 199th birthday and the kick-off celebration for our 200th birthday! This year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Celebrations! Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Celebration essay contest will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Friday, December 11, 2015.

The winners, along with their class, will be invited to read his or her essays at one of
the four participating locations on December 11 for Indiana’s 199th Statehood Day.

Student Lesson Plan | (.pdf)

Rules & Deadlines

Essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 23, 2015.

Essay Contest Rules & Details | (.pdf)

For additional information about the essay contest visit the Indiana State Library website. 

Indiana Statehood Day Celebration

Inviting 4th grade students to the celebration

On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to join the Union. On Friday, December 11, 2015 downtown Indianapolis will come alive with many opportunities for 4th grade groups to celebrate Indiana’s 199th birthday.

Four different organizations will be hosting Statehood Day activities: Indiana State House Tour Office, Indiana State Library, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana Historical Society.

Statehood Day Celebration Information | (.pdf)