SAVE THE DATE: Students invited to Dec. 11 Statehood Day

Every December, students from across the state gather in Indianapolis to celebrate the day Indiana became the 19th state. During the Statehood Day celebration, students have the opportunity to explore the Statehouse, State Library, and State Museum.Sen Taylor 1 Fox Hill Elementary

This year’s Statehood Day festivities will be held on Wednesday, December 11th to celebrate Indiana’s 197th birthday. Hoosier fourth graders are invited to submit a 100 to 300 word essay on their favorite Hoosier Bicentennial hero. Essays must be submitted by October 25. The winning essayist will be honored on Statehood Day.

Statehood Day essay contest details and submission deadlines>>

Festivities will include:
• Guest speakers from the three branches of state government
• Bagpipers, Color Guard, special music presentation
• Installation of the original copies of Indiana’s 1816 and 1851 State Constitutions by the State Archivist, into a specially designed display case in the Capitol Rotunda.

Principals and teachers may contact the Capitol Tour Office to make reservations for Statehood Day activities at (317) 233-5293 or jhodge@idoa.in.gov.

See photos from last year’s Statehood Day>>

Hoosier students celebrate Statehood Day

Every December, students from across the state gather in Indianapolis to commemorate the anniversary of Indiana’s induction to the Union. Celebrated this year on the 196th anniversary of Indiana’s admittance as the 19th state,  Statehood Day included the opportunity for students to explore the Statehouse, State Library and State Museum.

A glimpse of Statehood Day

Today marked Indiana’s 194th birthday, and students from all across Indiana came to the Statehouse to help celebrate.


Students gathered in the Rotunda to hear several state office-holders speak.


Fourth grader Kamryn Bridges from Burris Elementary School read her winning essay, “What Indiana Means to Me.”  Kamryn’s essay explained why fall in Indiana is her favorite time of year and why she will always feel that Indiana is her true home.


The Indiana Color Guard presenting the colors.


Fourth graders touring the Rotunda.


Members of the Indiana Color Guard at Statehood Day.

Indiana: 194 years young!


Today the Statehouse Tour Office is throwing a celebration in honor of Indiana’s 194th “birthday.” Admitted into the United States of America on December 11, 1816, Indiana was the nation’s 19th state.

Featured at the event are three fourth grade students whose work received top honors in the Indiana Statehood Day essay competition. Over 2,880 students participated in the essay contest, “What Indiana Means to Me”. This year marked the most entries in the history of the contest.

You can watch the ceremony live from noon-1:00 . Check back here for photos of the event.

Photos: Indiana Statehood Day

Today marked Indiana’s 193rd “birthday” and Statehood Day at the Statehouse! Below are a few photos from today’s festivities:

Students at Indiana Statehood Day 2009

Over 400 Hoosier 4th grade students gathered at the Statehouse today for Indiana’s Statehood Day.

Senator Lanane signs autograph
Students asked legislators for their autographs prior to the ceremony.
Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) signs an autographs for students from Killbuck Elementary in Anderson.

Senator Lanane and Megan Moran
Senator Lanane presents Megan Moran, a 4th-grader from Killbuck Elementary, with a certificate recognizing her 1st place winning essay “What Indiana Means to Me.”  Over 2500 students statewide wrote essays for the competition.

Senator Lanane with Megan Moran and her parents
Senator Lanane joins essay winner Megan Moran and her parents prior to the Statehood Day ceremony at the Statehouse.

Megan Moran reads essay at Statehouse

Megan Moran reads her essay, “What Indiana Means to Me,” during the ceremony at the Statehouse today in front of hundreds of visiting students, including her classmates from Killbuck Elementary School.