Celebrating Indiana Statehood DayIndiana’s bicentennial celebration is rapidly approaching and to help celebrate Statehood Day, the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library are hosting the annual essay competition. In an effort to kick off Indiana’s 200th Statehood Day, which will be in 2016, this year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Moments.
Bicentennial moments can include historical moments, significant events or great moments in time for Indiana or Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana is so rich in history, the hardest part will be deciding on what Hoosier moment to talk about!
Since Indiana history is a part of the fourth-grade curriculum in Indiana, the essay competition is open to any Hoosier student. The essay must range from 100 to 300 words and can be either handwritten or typed. Please note that essays should be submitted on the front of one page whenever possible. Please make sure to include the student’s name, teacher’s name, the name of the school, address, telephone number and a valid email address for either the teacher or student’s parent or guardian. Essays are accepted from schools or individuals.
Essays must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 24 and mailed to the Indiana State Library at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. There will be a panel of judges who will choose a first, second, third and fourth place winner. The winners, along with their classes, will be invited to read their essays at one of the four participating locations on December 11 in celebration of Indiana’s 198th Statehood Day.
If a teacher is interesting in bringing a fourth-grade class or group to join in on the Statehood Day celebrations in December, please visit www.in.gov/idoa/2919.htm. Space for Statehood Day is limited and reservations are required so if you are interested, please make plans soon.
Celebrating Indiana’s Statehood Day is one of my favorite times of year. It is inspiring to reflect on the accomplishments of past Hoosiers and how their acts have shaped Indiana and made our state the great one it is today. I encourage fourth graders from our community to participate in this essay contest and share their idea of a Hoosier Bicentennial Moment.
For more information on the events planned for Statehood Day visit www.in.gov/idoa/2371.htm.