|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
Indiana became a state on December 11, 1816. On December 11, 1916, the state would celebrate its centennial. In preparation of the milestone, the Indiana State Legislature established the Indiana Historical Commission to plan festivities for the event.
Indiana Historical Commission
During the first one hundred years of its history, the state of Indiana had weathered many storms. It created a new state capital from scratch with the establishment of Indianapolis in 1821. The state survived the financial crises precipitated by the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act of 1836. Indiana weathered the storm created by the rigors of raising troops and the internal strife from the Civil War. It built two state capitols. It endured Black Day of the Indiana General Assembly and managed control the ravages of John Dillenger. It built canals, railroads, highways and colleges. In a short one hundred years, the state of Indiana had thrived after weathering many storms. When the State's centennial celebration approached, the state's leaders decided it was time to party. So they established the Indiana Historical Commission to plan the many events related to the historic event.
The Centennial Celebration
The lasting effects of the Centennial Celebration include the beginnings of the Indiana State Park system, improved highways and the building of many permanent memorials throughout the state. Hundreds of events took place all over the state culminating with the weeklong Pageant of Indiana in Indianapolis.
Indiana Historical Bureau
In 1925, the Assembly created the Indiana Historical Bureau from the Commission. The Bureau is charged with listing of historical markers, plaques, and public memorials.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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