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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 203rd  birthday is December 11, 2019. Winners of the essay contest are honored at a Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations in downtown Indianapolis. The 2019 celebration is being held on December 11, 2019.

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:

Statehouse Tour Office, Jeannette Goben
317-233-5293, jgoben@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

Space for programs will be limited and reservations required! For additional information regarding events planned for Statehood Day, visit www.in.gov/idoa/2371.htm

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. 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 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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