Exhibit will recreate drafting of Indiana's first constitution

September 8, 2015

The Indiana Historical Society will pay homage to the state’s upcoming bicentennial with an exhibit recreating the setting where Indiana's first Constitution was drafted in 1816.

“You Are There 1816: Indiana Joins the Nation” opens Sept. 19 at the Historical Society's downtown Indianapolis headquarters. The exhibit runs through January 2017.

Visitors will see a recreation of the room in a settler’s private home where delegates drafted Indiana’s state Constitution in June 1816 in Corydon, about 20 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.

They can also speak to actors portraying some of those delegates, including constitutional convention president Jonathan Jennings, who became Indiana’s first governor.

The constitutional delegates met in a private house because Indiana’s first capitol building was under construction at the time. Indiana gained statehood on Dec. 11, 1816.


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