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2014 Statehood Day Essay Contest

The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2014, a celebration of Indiana’s 198th birthday. To start us thinking about our 200th Statehood Day in 2016, this year’s theme is "Hoosier Bicentennial Moments." Winners of the essay contest are honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

The competition begins each September. The official entry period will be announced in late August. Please bookmark this page for future announcements.

  • Contest Rules
  • Lesson Plan for 4th Grade Teachers
  • 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:

    Capitol Tour Office, Jennifer Hodge

    State Museum, Joanna Hahn, Manager of School Programs

    State Library, Suzanne Walker, Children’s Librarian

    Historical Society, Katie Keesling, Education and Community Involvement

    Space for programs will be limited and reservations required! For additional information regarding events planned for Statehood Day, visit

    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 National 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.

    Previous Years' Contests

    Statehood Day Essay Contest Sponsors

    Indiana Statehouse ToursIndiana State LibraryIndiana State Museum

    Indiana Center for the BookIndiana Historical SocietyIndiana State Library Foundation