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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Statehood Day Essay Contest Statehood Day Essay Contest

This is a contest for fourth grade students in Indiana which culminates with the top four place winners reading their essays during Statehood Day celebrations.

The next three essay themes will support the Bicentennial celebration:

2014 – “Hoosier Bicentennial Moments”
2015 – “Hoosier Bicentennial Treasures”

And finally in keeping with the idea of taking the celebration forward in to the future;

2016 – “How will you be a Hoosier Hero?”

Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest are honored at the Statehood Day Celebration. The Capitol Tour office coordinates the events and plans the event held at the State House. The Library collects and judges the essay contest.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Suzanne Walker

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • This year we had 700 essays submitted to our Statehood Day Essay contest. That is
    over 200 more than we had submitted in last year's contest. Our key accomplishment
    was having 700 Indiana 4th grade children write an essay on the topic of Indiana's
    Bicentennial and Beyond.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Our project has lots of partners. On December 9th, our 4 award-winning children
    arrived at their partner locations (Indiana Statehouse, Indiana State Museum, Indiana
    Historical Society, Indiana State Library) to read their essays as part of Statehood Day
    celebratory ceremonies.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • All essays and all essay contest historical data is archived at the Indiana State Library.

Total number or volunteers who participated.

  • 14.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 700.

Project Details

  • Organization: Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library
  • County: Statewide
  • Contact: Suzanne Walker, 317-234-5649,
  • Type: Government/Municipal
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-3
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