Column: Road to statehood reached its final destination Dec. 11, 1816



It’s a date every Hoosier should know: Dec. 11, 1816. On that day, Indiana became the 19th state.

We’ve been observing it formally since 1925 when the Indiana General Assembly passed a law requiring the governor to “issue a proclamation annually designating the eleventh day of December as Indiana Day.”

Indiana Code 1-1-10-1 encourages public schools and citizens to celebrate “in appropriate and patriotic observance of the anniversary of the admission of the state of Indiana into the Union.”

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