December 20 – December 26
The Week in Indiana History
Indiana Quick Quiz
1. To which Indiana city would you go to enjoy Christmas at the Seiberling Mansion? a/ Kokomo b/ Madison c/ Richmond
2. The town of Santa Claus is found in which Indiana county? a/ Harrison b/ Spencer c/ Knox
3. Name the author whose childhood in Hammond formed the basis of the movie “A Christmas Story.” a/ James Whitcomb Riley b/ Booth Tarkington c/ Jean Shepherd
“We intend to make it a happy day at the White House. . . we shall have an old-fashioned Christmas tree for the grandchildren upstairs, and I shall be their Santa Claus myself.”
– – – President Benjamin Harrison, December, 1891
Did You Know?
The year 2020 has seen cancellations of many traditional activities. Statehood Day was no exception. Usually, December 11 is a big day at the Statehouse. That is the anniversary of Indiana’s 1816 entry into the Union. On that day, hundreds of students traditionally wind their way through the Statehouse, visiting booths and tables manned by members of the various state offices and agencies. They take part in activities designed to help them better understand the function of government.
This year, of course, the pandemic forced the cancellation of regular Statehood Day. However, the Tour Office staff, with the cooperation of the members of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, put together an on-line presentation which provides much of the same information. You are invited to see the video below.
Take an “Armchair Tour” of the Indiana Statehouse
ANSWERS: 1 a/ Kokomo 2. b/ Spencer 3. c/ Jean Shepherd