Indiana is 197 this week! We were admitted as the 19th state on Dec 11, 1816.

To commemorate the occasion, a special ceremony was held on December 11 at the Indiana Statehouse. In addition to the ceremony, educational programming and interactive displays designed for fourth graders were presented by executive offices and state agencies throughout the Statehouse before and after the ceremony.

Gov. Mike Pence told stories from state history centered on future President Abraham Lincoln, who was 7 when his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana in 1816, the year Indiana joined the national union as a state.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native, discussed the importance of the law and joined the students in inspecting the original 1816 and 1851 state constitutions.

Planning is underway for celebrations of Indiana’s bicentennial in three years. The state’s 200th birthday already is featured on vehicle license plates.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reads a story to hundreds of fourth graders from nine schools from around the state during the Indiana Statehood Day Celebration in the South Atrium of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reads a story to hundreds of fourth graders from nine schools from around the state during the Indiana Statehood Day Celebration in the South Atrium of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Indiana's 61st Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, Speaking to students at the Indiana State Libary celebrating Statehood Day.

Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, Speaking to students at the Indiana State Libary celebrating Statehood Day.

To celebrate Statehood Day, indiana's Department of Education staff played Indiana History Jeopardy with students from around the state!

To celebrate Statehood Day, Indiana’s Department of Education staff played Indiana History Jeopardy with students from around the state!

Indiana's First Lady, Karen Pence, celebrates Statehood Day with 4th graders.

Indiana’s First Lady, Karen Pence, celebrates Statehood Day with 4th graders.

Indiana Chief of Justice Brent Dickson.

Indiana Chief of Justice Brent Dickson.