Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial collection
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The Indiana General Assembly passed a law in 1949 to create a Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial Commission to "observe appropriately" in 1950 the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Indiana Territory. Governor Schricker was authorized to appoint the members of the commission. The director of the Indiana Historical Bureau was named as secretary ex-officio, and no appropriation was provided. The sesquicentennial of the Indiana Territory was celebrated in various cities around Indiana, especially in Vincennes, Indiana (the capital of the Indiana Territory in 1800) in 1950, with a traveling exhibit called the Hoosier History Caravan, a wooden nickel souvenir (used as money in Vincennes stores and redeemable in Vincennes banks until 3:00 pm, July 3, 1950), the issuance of 3 cent postage stamps on July 4th, at Vincennes, a commemorative plate, a pageant and a parade, the goal of the commission being to diffuse the commenoration over the state, with as many people participating as possible through an education program rather than just a birthday party. A suggested program of historical interest for men's and women's clubs was provided upon request. Many schools participated by scheduling events. The commission received $2,000 in donations, $267.20 in royalties from commemorative plates and $103.50 from the sale of electrical fixtures from the Hoosier History Caravan, for a total of $2,370.70. Their expenses were $2,328,12, and they donated $42.58 to the Indiana Historical Society upon dissolution of the commission.
"The Hoosier Heritage Caravan: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Indiana Territory." (1950). Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial Cimmission: Indianapolis, IN. ISLO 977.2 #162. print.
"Indiana Territory". World Atlas. Retrieved 2014/07/31. http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/interritory.htm
"The Indiana territory sesquicentennial". Indiana History Bulletin. 27.2 (1950): 39-44. print. Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial Commission. "Final report". (1951?) Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial Commission: Indianapolis, IN. ILSO 977.2 #165. print.
"The sesquicentennial takes shape". Indiana History Bulletin. 27.3 (1950): 59-60. print.
"Terretorial days of Indiana, 1800-1816". Indiana History Bulletin. 27.5 (1950): 91-120. print.
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