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|First Place||Andrew Knight||Mrs. Sanchez||Our Lady of Grace School||Noblesville||Levi Coffin|
|Second Place||Skylar Ashcraft||Rose Smith||Sacred Heart School||Warsaw||Ryan White|
|Third Place||Elizabeth Parrish||Jessica Davis||Van Rensselaer Elementary||Rensselaer||Variety of Heroes|
|Fourth Place||Cate Lehner||Connie Hessler||St. Jude School||Indianapolis||Her Uncle James who fought in Vietnam|
The Statehood Day essay competition is coordinated by the Statehouse Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana State Library to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day, a celebration of Indiana’s 197th birthday.
Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place at the Indiana State House at Noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The Statehood Day Celebration will be available via live webcast at www.webinar.in.gov/Indiana
Download the event program here.
Learn more about the heroes selected by this year’s winning essayists!
Levi Coffin is the subject of an Indiana State Historical Marker and his home is a National Historic Landmark. Learn more about the Coffin House from Wayne County, and visit DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Indiana Freedom Trails for more about the Underground Railroad.
Visit the Indiana War Memorial for more information about legacy of veterans like those mentioned in the 3rd place and Honorable Mention winners’ essays.
Barbara Olenyik Morrow, A Good Night for Freedom. This children’s picture book is based on a story from Levi Coffin’s Reminiscence.
Mary Kay Carson, The Underground Railroad for Kids. This is an activity book that includes some primary sources, maps, and activities. Some mention of Indiana’s UGRR activities and participants.
Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham, Ryan White, my own story. White’s autobiography.
The State Holiday Tree Trim will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, December 13! The event will be available via live webcast at www.webinar.in.gov/Indiana.
Indiana youngsters were invited to create an ornament for placement on the state’s official holiday tree in the Statehouse Rotunda or on a tree at the Governor’s Residence. This year’s theme was "Pets Across Indiana". Students were asked to create an ornament that celebrates a special pet that they have known or maybe even one that they would like to have. The deadline to submit their ornaments was December 3.
The Friends of the Indiana State Archives are sponsoring the inaugural Christmas at the Capitol on December 13th and 14th at the Indiana Statehouse with Governor Pence and the First Lady. Christmas at the Capitol is a holiday performance by students from nearly a dozen high schools and colleges across Indiana. The program begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 13th. The second day of music begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 14th.
Christmas at the Capitol is open to the public, refreshments will be available, and families are encouraged to attend. The State Constitutions will be on display in the Rotunda as will the newly-trimmed 2013 Christmas tree.
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all of the talented fourth grade Hoosiers who participated!
|1st Place||Jamie Poynter||Greenwood Bible Baptist School|
|2nd Place||Grace Yang||New Britton (Fishers) Elementary|
|3rd Place||Olivia Freeth||Pine Tree (Avon) Elementary|
|4th Place||Aria Miller||Bridgeport (Indianapolis) Elementary School|
Indiana's Statehouse, a building of outstanding architectural beauty, has served as a center of civic life in Indiana since 1888.
Plan your visit, read about the history of the building, or schedule a tour using the links provided.
Statehouse Tour Office
Jennifer Hodge, Coordinator
Statehouse, Room 220