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State Constitutions on Display Every Statehood Day

State Archivist and Director of the Commission on Public Records Jim Corridan and Archivist Alan January exhibit the 1816 and 1851 Constitutions on Statehood Day.

Every year on Statehood Day, December 11th, the Indiana State Archives places two of the State's most enduring treasures on exhibit in the Rotunda of the State House. Both the 1816 and 1851 Constitution are housed in a specially designed display case, which was constructed partially from wood saved from the original Elm, under which the 1816 Constitution was written. The constitutions remain on exhibit throughout the Legislative session, after which they are returned to the State Archives vault for safekeeping in an appropriate climate controlled environment.

Join in the excitement as Indiana prepares to celebrate its Bicentennial in 2016!

 

Constitution Display Case

Constitutional Display Case Made From the Constitutional Elm

Constitutional Elm Tree, Circa 1930's

Constitution Index

Road To Statehood Exhibit

Also visit the Road to Statehood, an online exhibit featuring full images of the 1816 and 1851 constitutions.