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Children gather in State House for Statehood Day

Happy Statehood Day!

IHB celebrates Statehood Day with hundreds of 4th graders at the Indiana State House each year.  With colleagues from the State House Tour Office, Indiana State Archives, elected officials from each branch of government, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, we get to share a little bit of Indiana's early history and recognize the winners of the annual Statehood Day essay contest.  It's a blast!

At today's Statehood Day celebration, IHB exhibited the original State Banner.  The banner was designed by Paul Hadley for the Daughters of the American Revolution-sponsored state flag design competition for the state's Centennial.  You can see Governor Pence's proclamation for Statehood Day on our website.  While you're exploring, you can also click these links to learn more about Paul Hadley and the Indiana State Flag.

State Banner Conservation

Elizabeth Hague of the Indiana Archives undertook a project to stabilize the original State Banner this year and she sends this note about the process:

The Indiana State Flag is made of dark blue silk and was not in bad condition.  However, silk does not age well and it has become brittle and fragile.  Damage to the flag was isolated to any place the flag was tacked to the background.

A fine polyester organza of the same color blue was used to repair and support the breaks of the silk fibers.  Regular sewing pins and needles would create holes in the fragile silk so insect pins and a curved suture needle were used to sew the organza in place while the flag remained flat.  Fine threads taken from the organza were used as sewing thread.

The background the flag rests on was replaced with unbleached muslin that was washed with special soap to remove the sizing.  The flag was delicately anchored to the background across the top to reduce the individual spot stresses the previous mounting had caused.

The frame was repaired and all the components were assembled again using acid-free cardboard.  The double frame keeps the flag from touching the glass.

Gaby Kienitz, Conservator at the State Museum, was a great help on the project, offering guidance on supplies and technique for repairing the fabric of the flag.

Indygenous card

Shop @ IHB

The IHB Book Shop has many new Indiana-made items for this holiday season, including a fresh batch of blown glass icicle and round ornaments from local artist Lisa Pelo and beautiful prints (in poster, folded card, and postcard form) from Indy artist Steve Schubert.

Glass icicles

Also new for December: Log books for genealogists exploring cemeteries for clues about their ancestors and new cookies from Simply Divine Bakery.  The Chocolate Buttermint cookies are heavenly (pun intended)!

Stop in Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm to choose the perfect gift for the proud Hoosiers in your life.  You can also order via email or phone.  Click here to browse New Items.


Lincoln Funeral Train

The 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, and the subsequent Funeral Train, is coming up.

Save the Date for April 2015, when a replica of Lincoln's casket will be on display at the Indiana State House.  Programs are also slated for April 30-May 2 in communities where the Funeral Train made stops.

Indiana is also marking the anniversary by gathering reflections on the impact of Lincoln and the Funeral Train in Indiana from communities around the state. Learn more and get involved here.

Original State Banner

Above:  Detail view of Hadley's  design competition entry.  IHB is the custodian of the original state banner, which was made with blue silk and gold leaf.