Released June 22, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Indiana 1816 Constitution Bicentennial


Indiana Archives and Records Administration Contact:
Valerie Michael
317.232.3385; [email protected]

Jim Corridan
317.232.7191; [email protected]

June 29th marks the 200th anniversary of the completion of the State’s first constitution. The document, written in Corydon, was drafted by the founders of Indiana, the 43 delegates elected by the citizens of the Indiana Territory and tasked with deciding whether Indiana should become a state, and if so, to write the State’s Constitution. After three weeks, the delegates completed their work and submitted the document to Washington DC for final approval.

The State’s Constitutions (both the 1816 and 1851) are on display in Corydon through noon on the 29th.

“The State’s citizens should be proud of the tremendous accomplishment achieved by the 43 men who wrote Indiana’s first Constitution and set the state on its path to greatness,” said State Archivist Jim Corridan.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary, Governor and Mrs. Pence will be in Corydon at the old State Capitol Complex as part of the ceremony marking this historic event. The program is sponsored by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration, begins at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.