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Statehood Day Essay Contest

Statehood Day Essay Contest

The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book, holds an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day each year. Indiana’s 204th birthday is December 11, 2020. Winners of the essay contest will be honored at a virtual Statehood Day Celebration. The 2020 virtual celebration will take place on December 11, 2020.

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

Register for the Virtual Event
The Statehood Day virtual event is being presented by the Indiana Historical Society in partnership with the following five agencies:

Statehouse Tour Office, Jeannette Goben
317-233-5293, jgoben@idoa.in.gov

Statehouse Education Center, Bailey Hinton
317-233-5582, bhinton1@idoa.in.gov

State Museum, Nicole Rife 
317-232-5598 NRife@indianamuseum.org 

State Library, Suzanne Walker
317-232-3700, suwalker@library.in.gov

Historical Society, Anna Wieseman
317-234-0077, awieseman@indianahistory.org

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 Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators. 

If you have questions about the Statehood Day Essay Contest, please contact Indiana Center for the Book at icb@library.in.gov or 317-232-3700.

Statehood Day Essay Contest Sponsors

Indiana State LibraryIndiana State Museum 


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