Hoosier History Highlights

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Hoosier History Highlights

November 26 - December 2

This Week in Indiana History

Rev. Edward Sorin

November 26, 1842  Rev. Edward Sorin took possession of 524 acres that would become the campus of Notre Dame University

November 27, 1809  Jonathan Jennings won a seat in Congress as a delegate from the Indiana Territory. He had run on the anti-slavery ticket. When Indiana gained Statehood in 1816, Jennings became the first Governor. 


John George

November 28, 1847  John George died in Marion County at age 88. He was reputedly George Washington's drummer boy during the Revolutionary War. He is buried in the Round Hill Cemetery in Perry Township. 

November 29, 1838  Governor David Wallace and others took the first steam train ride in Indiana along 15 miles of track on the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad.


W H Harrison

William Henry Harrison, former Governor of the Indiana Territory, was elected President of the United States, defeating the sitting President, Martin Van Buren. Harrison served only one month in office before dying of pneumonia.

Pike Street Bridge


Our Where in Indiana? from last week was taken in Vernon of the Pike Street bridge.

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Indiana Statehouse Tour Office

Indiana Department of Administration

Guided Tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, contact us.  


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Statehouse Virtual TourSandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane


Indiana Quick Quiz

1. Where in Indiana can you see thousands of Sandhill Cranes as they migrate each year?

2. How tall is a Sandhill Crane?

3. When can you see the Sandhill Cranes?

4. Where do Sandhill Cranes migrate to?

Answers Below 

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             in IN             



1. Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Medaryville IN

2. three to four feet high

3. Late September through December, peaking in mid-November

4. Georgia and Florida




Sandhill Cranes

Stonehill Cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

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