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Celebrating 200 Years 1816 - 2016 4th Grade Student Essay Competition Hoosier Bicentennial Celebrations

Statehood Day Essay Contest

The Indiana State House Tour Office,  in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book,  holds an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day each year. Indiana’s 200th birthday is December 11, 2016. Winners of the essay contest are honored at a Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations in downtown Indianapolis. 

Group entries and individual entries are accepted each year. Fourth grade teachers are encouraged to use our Lesson Plan and previous winners to assist in their participation

If you are interested in bringing a 4th-grade group to join a program held on December 11th, contact one of the following partnering agency representatives:

Capitol Tour Office, Jennifer Hodge

State Museum, Joanna Hahn, Manager of School Programs

State Library, Suzanne Walker, Children’s Librarian

Historical Society, Becky Schloman, Coordinator, Visitor Services

Space for programs will be limited and reservations required! For additional information regarding events planned for Statehood Day, visit

About the Statehood Day Essay Contest

The Statehood Day Essay Contest takes place annually in the fall and is open to all Indiana fourth graders. All Indiana students are taught Indiana history as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. The program is administered by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book, an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators. The winner and finalists, along with their class, are invited to attend the Statehood Day Ceremony.

Statehood Day Essay Contest Sponsors

Indiana Statehouse ToursIndiana State LibraryIndiana State Museum

Indiana Historical SocietyIndiana State Library Foundation

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