In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL INDIANA DAY
On November 16th, National Indiana Day revs up its engines for the state that’s the home of the Indy 500 and Hoosier hospitality, too.
Indiana was the 19th state to enter the Union. James Monroe had just defeated Rufus King in the 1816 presidential race to become the 5th President of the United States. The second state to enter the Union from the Northwest Territory, Indiana grew rapidly.
As the “Crossroads of American, we can thank the many interstates and railroads transversing the state for getting us across the country. Indiana’s highways and byways do not keep the state from a rural feel in a growing urban world. With an abundance of rivers, streams and farmland, Lake Michigan to the North, words don’t fail Hoosiers. Her authors, poets and songwriters have a continuous source of inspiration.
They are also inspired by a sport that started with a peach basket long ago. Basketball fills hearts of Hoosiers, as the movie with the same name would tell you. As far as the citizens of the fine state go, it’s a mystery how they earn their name.
From miners, farmers, inventors, entertainers, industrialists, and many more, Indiana grows more than corn. There’s plenty to see as the heartland helps keep the country moving right along.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalIndianaDay
Join National Day Calendar as we recognize Indiana’s pioneering and progressive history. Explore border to border and unearth the most peaceful heartland and entertaining nightlife! Use #NationalIndianaDay to share on social media.
Chain O’ Lakes State Park – Albion
Fort Harrison State Park – Indianapolis
Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton
McCormick’s Creek State Park – Spencer
Mounds State Park – Anderson
Shakamak State Park – Jasonville
Tippecanoe River State Park – Winamac
Turkey Run State Park – Marshall
George Rogers Clark Historic Site – Vincennes
Conner Prairie – Fishers
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Indianapolis
Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science – Evansville
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – Indianapolis
Museum of Miniature House – Carmel
Grissom Air Museum – Peru
James Whitcomb Riley Museum – Indianapolis
Angel Mounds – Evansville
Little Turtle - Military Leader - (1752 - July 14, 1812)
Chief Menominee - Religious Leader - (1791 -April 15, 1841)
Juliet Strauss - Columnist - (January 7, 1863 - May 22, 1918)
After being discovered by the editors of the Ladies Home Journal, in 1905 her column received a national audience on a regular basis.
Wilbur Wright - Inventor - (April 16, 1867 - May 30 1912)
They never lost interest in flight and continued to develop designs. By 1902, the future aviators were making progress with their gliders and nearing a successful mechanical flight. They sold their bicycle business and on December 17, 1903, achieved their goal.
James Whitcomb Riley - Author - (October 7, 1849 - July 22, 1916)
The Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley wrote a wide variety of poetry and short stories about Midwestern life. He often toured the country reciting his poems to sold-out audiences.
The Days Gone By
By James Whitcomb Riley
O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;
The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail
As he piped across the meadows sweet as any nightingale;
When the bloom was on the clover, and the blue was in the sky,
And my happy heart brimmed over in the days gone by.
In the Days gone by, when my naked feet were tripped
By the honey-suckles tangles where the water-lilies dipped,
And the ripples of the river lipped the moss along the brink
Where the placid-eyed and lazy-footed cattle came to drink,
And the tilting snipe stood fearless of the truant’s wayward cry
And the splashing of the swimmer, in the days gone by.
O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The music of the laughing lip, the luster of the eye;
The childish faith in fairies, and Aladdin’s magic ring-
The simple, soul-reposing, glad belief in everything,-
When life was like a story, holding neither sob nor sigh,
In the golden olden glory of the days gone by.
Source: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (The Library of America, 1993)