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1816: Indiana Joins the Nation

1816ConstitutionVisit the Corydon meeting house where delegates met to draft Indiana’s first state constitution and engage with the debate over principles that would guide the birth of America’s 19th state.

In the adjoining exhibit space, learn more about Indiana at the time – who lived where and the ways the area was changing, the act of drafting a constitution and the process of statehood.

A touchscreen interactive invites you to participate in live-tally voting on issues such as education, personal liberty and the balance of power – issues present both for delegates in 1816 and voters 200 years later.

Presented by the O’Bannon Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Jock and Penny Fortune
With support from Indiana Bar Foundation and Bingham Greenebaum Doll