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Governor Mike Pence welcomes students to the 2013 Statehood Day CelebrationHoosier Bicentennial Logo

Fourth Grade Student Essay Competition

Hoosier Bicentennial and Beyond

How did the Bicentennial change you?

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 2016, a celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday!

This year's theme is Hoosier Bicentennial and Beyond! Winners of the essay contest will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Friday, December 9, 2016.

Essay Contest Rules | (.pdf)

Essay Entry Form | (.pdf)

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Essay Contest Winner

1st Place
Jillian Stemler

Eastridge Academy
New Albany, IN
Essay | Bicentennial Travels

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


Indiana Statehood Day Celebration

Inviting 4th grade students to the celebration2015 Statehood Day Celebration

On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to join the Union. On Friday, December 9, downtown Indianapolis will come alive with many opportunities for 4th grade groups to celebrate Indiana’s birthday.


Watch events from 2015 Statehood DayVideo of Events