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Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

This Week in Indiana History - March 10 - March 16

03/10/2019 - 17:00
03/16/2019 - 17:59

1813 The Indiana General Assembly passed the State Capital Act which moved the Territorial Capital from Vincennes to Corydon. It was agreed that the new capital would be more centrally located and closer to the population center. Pictured: The territorial capitol in Vincennes (upper photo) and the territorial capitol and future state capitol in Corydon (bottom photo.)

Capital or Capitol?
Statehouse or State House?

The word "capital" refers to the city which serves as the seat of government. "Capitol" refers to the building which houses the government. The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis. The capitol is a building at 200 West Washington Street. The capitol may also be called the "statehouse." There are a number of states, including Indiana, which use "statehouse" as a matter of course. However, "capitol" is also quite acceptable. In an additional wrinkle, some states spell "statehouse" as one word and others use two. It's "statehouse" in Indiana but "state house" in states like New Jersey and Rhode Island. No matter how you spell it, the capitols, statehouses, and state houses of America are impressive structures which welcome thousands of visitors each year.

1840 Fanny Vandergrift was born in a home on the Circle in Indianapolis. She married Samuel Osborn, secretary to Indiana Governor Ashbel Willard. After the Civil War, the couple moved to Nevada and California. When Samuel died, Fanny traveled to France, where she met author Robert Louis Stevenson. The friendship led to marriage, and she was his wife and editor for the rest of his career.

1854 St. Meinrad Archabbey was founded in southern Indiana by two Benedictine Monks from Switzerland. They purchased a 160-acre plot from a local farmer and took possession of a three-room log cabin. The Archabbey continues today as a thriving community of monks who pray, work, and live together.

1934 W. E. B. DuBois, a prominent African-American author, historian, sociologist, and civil rights advocate, was the guest speaker at the Senate Avenue YMCA in Indianapolis. One of the founders of the NAACP, he spoke on the topic of segregation.

1962 Delta Airlines advertised four direct flights daily between Indianapolis and Detroit. Passengers were offered a 72-minute commute between the two cities in the comfort of a Douglas DC-6 four-prop airliner. Tickets each way were $16.55

2004 Former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr died in Indianapolis at age 84. He had served one term in the Indiana Senate, two terms as Lieutenant Governor under Dr. Otis Bowen, and two terms as the 45th Governor of Indiana (1981-1989.) He later served three years as U. S. Ambassador to Singapore.

Answers: 1. Spring Mill State Park 2. Greensburg 3. Former Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon Willsey


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