Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman
Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairs
Indiana has seen abundant change since Dec. 11, 1816, when it was admitted as the 19th state in the union.
Back then, mountain lions roamed our thick forests and elk grazed our prairies. The majestic bison, so legendary among both Native Americans and European settlers, already was nearly gone, but a few still roamed Indiana’s western edge.