INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The state of Indiana is rich in history. Did you know the following things happened the week throughout the Hoosier state? The Indiana Department of Administration compiled a list of notable events in this week’s Hoosier History Highlights.
Indiana Quick Quiz
1. What is the name of the amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana?
2. In what Indiana city is the Mesker Park Zoo?
3. Which Indiana state park is near Angola?
June 3 – June 9
This Week in Indiana History
1825 Two men were hanged near Pendleton for the murder of nine Native Americans. A third man had his noose removed at the last minute as Governor James Brown Ray arrived with a pardon.
1865 The 70th Indiana Regiment, led by Brigadier General Benjamin Harrison, mustered out of service in Washington, D. C. The men were welcomed home two days later at the Statehouse by Governor Oliver P. Morton.
1891 Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana. He became one of America’s most popular composers for Broadway and motion pictures. “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You” are just a few of the many cherished Cole Porter tunes in the American Songbook.
1922 Herbert Hoover, United States Secretary of Commerce, was a guest at the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon at Earlham College in Richmond. He explained the economic policies of President Warren G. Harding. Hoover would be elected President six years later.
1940 Janet Scudder died in Massachusetts. Born in Terre Haute, she was a well-known sculptor who studied and worked in Paris. She was one of three women sculptors who created statues for the Indiana Building at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
1999 Evangelist Billy Graham conducted a four-day crusade in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Nearly 200,000 people attended the events which had involved over 600 churches in the planning. This would be Graham’s last crusade in Indianapolis.
Did You Know?
Of the three tall statues created by Indiana women for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the location of only one is known today. Pictured above, it is named simply “Indiana” and is on display on the 4th floor of the Indiana Statehouse. It is the work of Retta Matthews from Arlington, Indiana. “Nymph” by Janet Scudder of Terre Haute and “Education” by Frances Goodwin of New Castle have gone missing.
ANSWERS: 1. Holiday World 2. Evansville 3. Pokagon State Park