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

Hoosier Bicentennial Moments

Essay Contest

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 2014. This year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Moments.

Essay Contest Rules & Details | .pdf

For additional information about entering the essay contest visit the Indiana State Library website.  Essays are due Friday, October 24.

2014 Statehood Day Celebration

The 198th birthday of Indiana will be celebrated on 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.

For more information about 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.