Posted: Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:08am Updated: Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:15am

As we approach Indiana’s 200th birthday of statehood in 2016 there will be a growing interest in the Indiana story. Such a significant anniversary affords a useful opportunity to review where we have been, appraise our present position, and plan our future development. Hoosiers have enjoyed a two centuries of democratic self-government. Only a small percentage of the world’s population can claim as much. With the example of our ancestors to inspire us we should begin our second 200 years with the determination to build an even better state with a greater degree of opportunity and freedom for all.

These Bicentennial Resources aim to honor our state’s 200 years of history. These links offers the reader a guide to our state. It offers information about our history, government, our emblems and symbols, and historic sites throughout the state, museums and much more. It is our hope that the reader will find hours of enjoyment revisiting Hoosier History.

  • Indiana Bicentennial Commission
  • Bicentennial Resource Guide A number of Bicentennial resources as well as a list of Indiana Historic Sites and Historical Markers is located in this guide.
  • Indiana Destinations Are you ready to hit the trail? Hoosier Family of Readers and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) are excited you've joined us to discover 12 wonderful locations across Indiana. You'll explore caves, experience what life was like in 19th-century Indiana, get wild with zoo animals, even fly in a Piper airplane! Read together about the different Destinations, test out the family activities for each site, and see if you can answer the questions to earn stamps for your Travelogue. You can also visit the Destinations in person and create more family memories! Have fun with your family reading and learning about the great Destinations in Indiana!
  • Indiana Historical Society
    • Hoosiers and the American Story (free download)
    • Destination Indiana - Destination Indiana brings Indiana's history to life through thousands of images and hundreds of stories about our Hoosier heritage. These are the people and events of the past that made us who we are today, recreated through our vast collection of rare historical photographs and documents. These stories are yours to explore, share and cherish. You can also visit the Destination Indiana gallery in person as part of the Indiana Experience, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis.
    • Indianapolis a City of Immigrants -  Teacher's Guide
  • Visit Indiana- 4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum This resource provides the tools you’ll need to connect your students with Indiana’s history through the lens of travel. Built on a Problem-Based Learning methodology, students develop flexible knowledge, effective problem-solving skills, self-directed learning and effective collaboration skills as they explore Indiana, its history and allure.
  • Hoosier History and Indiana State Parks An elementary school curriculum for exploring Hoosier history through the lens of Indiana State Parks’ development.
  • The History of Indiana’s State Parks
  • Indiana State Library - The Indiana State Library (ISL) has served the citizens of Indiana since 1825. The ISL is just a few steps away from the Indiana Statehouse and open to the public for a variety of needs including but not limited to; genealogy, Indiana history, preservation, rare books and manuscripts, reference and government services, Talking Books and Braille library, as well as the State Data Center. It also serves as a free facility for meetings and special events available to state agencies and the community (some fees apply to non-agency events).
  • Hoosier State Chronicles provides free full text access to historical Indiana newspapers. The collection is maintained by the Indiana State Library, which maintains a blog with frequent updates about the collection. Indiana residents can also access over 1 million additional newspaper pages via INSPIRE. Visit http://blog.newspapers.library.in.gov/digitized-newspapers/inspire/ for details.
  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians
  • Conner Prairie an Interactive History Park, or living history museum, in Fishers, Indiana, that preserves the William Conner home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and recreates part of life in Indiana in the 19th century on the White River.
  • Indiana Historical Bureau - Founded in 1915 as the Indiana Historical Commission, its initial purpose was to prepare for the centennial of Indiana's statehood. The bureau largely concentrates on the placement of new historical markers across Indiana and encourages education in Indiana history.
  • The Indiana Historian The Indiana Historian is a magazine on varied topics in Indiana history, which demonstrates and encourages good research techniques and the use and proper documentation of a variety of primary sources. Photographs, illustrations, maps, and interesting documents enhance each issue. Activities are suggested to help the learning process and add resources for local and state history. Complimentary copies were sent to every educational institution, library, cultural, and historical organization in the state. Publication ceased in 2003; print copies and digital downloads are available.
    • Indiana Almanac Events in Indiana history in almanac form.
    • Indiana Territory This issue documents the formation of Indiana from the Northwest Territory, through various stages as Indiana Territory. Includes discussions of finances and slavery. William Henry Harrison's life and career is highlighted in the timeline.
    • Indiana Statehood Provides details about the process, the people, and the times that led to Indiana's acceptance as the nineteenth state on December 11, 1816.
    • Indiana Constitution of 1851 Describes the rewriting of the Constitution and why, the constitutional convention of 1851, its members, and the differences between the two Indiana Constitutions, women's rights, and African-American immigration.
    • Lewis & Clark – Indiana Connections The state of Indiana has an important, recognized connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. That connection was reinforced with a National Signature Event in Clarksville in October 2003.
  • Angel Mounds Historic Site
  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
  • The Society of Indiana Pioneers – During the Centennial celebration, this organization was formed to include people who were descendants of the early settlers of Indiana. In preparation for the 200th anniversary of statehood the Society will honor special pioneers from each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
  • ArtSmart: Indiana ArtSmart: Indiana, written by Susan O. Chavers in 1985 and copyrighted by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, is a visual means of learning about art appreciation and the culture and history of Indiana, 1800 to present day.
  • A Long Time Ago Want to learn more about Indiana, its history and the people that used to live here? Here are some things to get you started on that journey. Created by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
  • Famous Hoosiers – from Visit Indiana.  A long list of famous people from Indiana.
  • Indiana’s African-American History
  • Treasures in the Wild The outdoors are a treasure chest full of natural wonders. Birds, animals, trees, fish, plants, bugs - there are so many wonderful living things outside in Indiana. Created by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Let’s Have Fun -Do you like coloring pages or puzzles or word searches? Well, everything from coloring pages to arts and crafts are here. They are fun and will help you learn more about Indiana and its outdoors!
  • Indiana Trivia-How Much do you Know? Trivia quiz on Indiana facts. Created by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • History of Indiana
  • Center for History – Indiana History - If you want to learn more about Indiana history, you’ve come to the right place. This section covers the history of the state of Indiana from pre-history through the mid-20th century. Use the menu on the left to navigate to the section of Indiana history you would like to learn about.
  • 50 States.com - (Indiana) a variety of state specific facts and other useful information
  • Indiana History Rocks! a Pinterest board about Indiana History
  • “Indiana, My State” – a series of 4 books that provide information geography and geology as well as the culture of the state. The books are written at a 4th grade level.
  • One State One Story - Indiana Learns About Lincoln
  • Ryan White: Facing Discrimination, Finding Determination (from the Children’s Museum)
  • Indiana Facts and Trivia
  • Indiana Historical Bureau – Resources for Educators
  • Indiana Historical Society – Indiana Statehood
  • 2016 Indiana Festival Guide
  • Birthday Book – This is a state-wide poetry writing contest that will be implemented by each Indiana county. See the state-wide project plan at the link, but look to local libraries and other organizations for specifics on entering the contest in a specific county.
  • Best Books of Indiana
  • Indiana Authors and their Books
  • Indiana by the Numbers
  • Stats Indiana
  • 2014 Building Indiana – Facts and Stats
  • Indiana Demographic Data
  • Indiana State Data Center