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Hoosier Highlights March 1 to March 7

Hoosier Highlights March 1 to March 7

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March 1 – March 7

The Week in Indiana History

Rose Hulman1883     Chauncey Rose opened the Polytechnic Institute at 13th and Locust Streets in Terre Haute. There were 25 students in the first class.  In 1917, the school moved to its current location on the east side of the city on U. S. 40.  The school name was changed to Rose-Hulman in 1971 to reflect the contributions of Tony Hulman and his family.

banner1913     Thousands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D. C., in a grand women’s suffrage parade.  Nine bands, four mounted brigades, twenty-four floats, and over 5,000 marchers formed the procession.  The banner for the Indiana division was carried by Mary Booth Jameson of Indianapolis.  The Hoosiers were greeted at the Congress Hotel by Araminta Kern, wife of Indiana’s United States Senator John Kern.


100 Years Ago

1920     Indiana education leaders announced that the 30-year school consolidation plan had reduced the number of one-room schools from over 8,000 to less than 5,000.  It was noted that Marion County had only nine one-room schools still in operation, while many rural counties, such as Harrison, Monroe, Orange, and Crawford, still had over 125 each.

cardinal1933     The Indiana General Assembly adopted the cardinal as the official state bird.  Also known as the redbird, the Richmondena cardinalis is the official feathered friend of six other states:  Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The bright red males are easily identified, especially in winter.  Cardinals love Indiana and nest in the Hoosier State the year-around.

movie1967     It was “Robert Wise Day” at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis.  The legendary motion picture producer and director, from Winchester, Indiana, was made a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Governor Roger Branigin.  Wise won Oscars for directing “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music.”  As a young man, he got off to a good start in Hollywood when Orson Welles chose him to serve as editor of “Citizen Kane.”

Adrian Marks1998     Adrian Marks died in Clinton County at the age of 81.  A World War II Navy pilot, he disobeyed standing orders and landed his PBY-5A patrol plane on choppy ocean waters to rescue survivors of the USS Indianapolis.  The sailors had been in the shark-invested sea for three days, after their ship had been sunk by a Japanese torpedo.

This exquisite pin reflects the beautiful colors of the stained glass high above the Statehouse Rotunda.  Ordering information is provided below.  



Indiana Department of Administration

Guided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.

(317) 233-5293

Indiana Quick Quiz

1.  Name the official state flower of Indiana.

2.  What is the official motto for Indiana?

3.  In 2018, Indiana adopted a state insect.  Name the bright little bug which received that designation.

Answers Below

Hoosier Words to Remember


“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them!”

– – – Madam C. J. Walker

Did You Know?

     A century ago, one-room schoolhouses dotted the countryside across Indiana and America.  Usually, a single teacher taught the “3-Rs” of reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.  The teacher was also the custodian whose job included keeping a fire in the potbelly stove on winter days. Many children looked forward to school, which relieved them of the work and boredom of farm chores.  A good teacher would employ games and contests to engage youngsters in their learning.  Many students spent the first eight grades in the same building, and often their formal education ended when they departed the school.


Watch Your Mailbox for Census Forms This Month

     Take time to make sure you and your family are counted.  Indiana’s representation in Congress, as well as many federal programs, will be based on census data.

ANSWERS:  1. Peony                   2.  Crossroads of America             3.  Say’s Firefly

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