Released May 13, 2016

Vincennes to host ‘Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit’


May 13, 2016
Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, [email protected]     

VINCENNES, Ind. – As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the public is invited to Birth of a State: The Indiana Exhibit, on view May 20 through June 5, 2016 at the Old Cathedral Library and Museum, located 205 Church St. in Vincennes. The exhibition will be open daily from 1 to 4 p.m.

Organized by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA) with support from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS), the exhibition features the original 1816 and 1851 Indiana Constitutions, alongside other historic documents and artwork related to the state’s formation.

The exhibition will travel to Corydon, Ind. and remain on view June 9 through 29, 2016 at the First State Office Building on the grounds of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site. The exhibit’s final venue will be the Statehouse in Indianapolis in December 2016.

“During the state’s 200th birthday, it is important for Indiana to acknowledge the contributions to statehood from Vincennes and Corydon. We are thrilled to have these items on display in these significant communities,” Jim Corridan, state archivist and director of IARA said.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For more details on the exhibition and related programs, please contact Jim Corridan at 317.225.3799, or email him at [email protected]. Questions can also be directed to Bruce Beesley, vice president of historic sites at the ISMHS at 812.881.7656 or [email protected] or visit

A special press preview is set for Thursday, May 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Any interested members of the press should RSVP to Paige Southerland at [email protected] or 317.234.5078.

About the Old Cathedral Library and Museum 
The Old Cathedral Library and Museum houses the oldest library in Indiana, including about 8,000 volumes that belonged to Indiana’s first Bishop, Simon Bruté de Rémur, and displays many important items related to the early history of Vincennes and Indiana.

About the Indiana Archives and Records Administration
The Indiana Archives and Records Administration is the keeper of the state’s official records. Their collections document Indiana’s history from before the Territorial period through today, covering all three branches of government.   

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The Vincennes State Historic Site, part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, is a collection of four separate sites in Vincennes: The Territory Capitol, Fort Knox II, Sugarloaf Mound and the Old State Bank State Historic Sites. The Vincennes State Historic Site is dedicated to telling Indiana’s early territorial history. Vincennes served as Indiana’s first capitol from 1800 to 1813. For additional information, please call 812.882.7422 or email [email protected]