Statehood Day Essay Contest Now Accepting Submissions

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Entries are now being accepted for the Statehood Day Essay Contest, an annual competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day. The contest, presented by the Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book, encourages fourth graders to submit an essay reflective of the 2019 theme, “Today is Tomorrow’s History.”

The contest is open to all Indiana fourth graders. These students are taught Indiana history as part of their fourth-grade curriculum. The essays are judged by a panel of Indiana State Library staff and volunteer educators.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at one of four participating locations on Statehood Day, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019: The Indiana State Library, the Statehouse, the Indiana State Museum or the Indiana Historical Society. Entries must be received by Friday, October 18, 2019. 

Click here to view the newly-updated Statehood Day Essay Contest website. The site includes the complete rules, lesson plans for teachers, entry forms and information on how groups of fourth-graders can attend the program.