On Friday, December 9, IHB staff participated in the Indiana Statehouse's Statehood Day activities. Over 600 students attended, and additional students were entertained at the Indiana State Museum and Indiana Historical Society.
IHB displayed the original blue and gold state banner adopted by the 1917 General Assembly as part of the commemoration of the state's 1916 Centennial celebration, after a competition sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The winning design was by Paul Hadley of Mooresville, Indiana. (It became the "state flag" in 1955, by General Assembly vote).
Hoosier 4th graders were very impressed, especially by the real, hand-applied gold on the banner. IHB staff were impressed by the students' exhaustive knowledge of Indiana's emblems. From the State tree to the State pie, they got all the answers in our State Symbols quiz correct. Didn't know we had a State pie
? Learn more about Indiana emblems.
An engaging and moving ceremony followed morning activities and included the "What Indiana Means to Me" essay contest winner
, Jacob Parrish, reading his essay. If you missed the festivities, the Department of Education filmed the ceremony and it will soon be available on their media page
|Friday's ceremony in the Indiana Statehouse, photo courtesy of WIBC. |
Marker Volunteer, Marianne Hughes
In 1985, they traced the Oregon Trail by motorcycle. Marianne was offered the Curator of the Henry County Historical Society position in 2001. The Henry County Cemetery Commission was formed to offer cemetery signs and she offered to drive to Indy to pick them so they wouldn't have to pay for shipping. That is how Marianne met staff at IHB.
Office Manager, Matt Allison, explained how difficult it was to get pictures of some of the Historical Markers during inventories, and Marriane offered to help. She and Larry were asked to go down to the southern part of the state and invited some friends who ride with us on motorcycles. Her friends enjoyed the hunt, even if they weren't too interested in what was on the signs. She's been helping, in good and bad weather, ever since.
Marriane says, "I love to read the signs and see what was so important there that someone thought there should be a reminder. I keep bugging Paula to get more to do." She continues to recruit friends, she already has the paperwork done and ready to go for next year's inventory! If a Sunday is warm enough, she and Larry go on the hunt. Occasionally, a sheriff drives by and asks what they are doing. Once, the locals told them that a sign should have been on a certain corner, but was nowhere to be found. Instead, they found pieces of car parts--there had been a wreck and the sign was hit. The sheriff confirmed that and helped them locate the marker.
Marriane has been an IHB volunteer for 6 years. She loves history and genealogy, and is also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. "We love doing this, we get to ride and enjoy the Indiana countryside and also have a feeling accomplishment," she says.