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Library > Indiana Center for the Book > Statehood Day Essay Contest Statehood Day Essay Contest

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. The 2016 celebration is being held on December 9, 2016.

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 9th, contact one of the following partnering agency representatives:


Capitol Tour Office, Jennifer Hodge

State Museum, Joanna Hahn, Manager of School Programs

State Library, Christy Franzman, Young Readers Center Librarian

Historical Society, Becky Schlomann, Coordinator, Bicentennial Programs

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.

If you have questions about the Statehood Day Essay Contest, please contact Suzanne Walker, Director of the Indiana Center for the Book at or 317-232-3718.

Statehood Day Essay Contest Sponsors

Indiana Statehouse ToursIndiana State LibraryIndiana State Museum

Indiana Historical SocietyIndiana State Library Foundation

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