Indianapolis— The annual John H. Holliday Award for 2011 has been given to the Rossville Elementary Indiana Junior Historical Society club, the Hornet Little Hoosiers. The John H. Holliday award was established by the Society of Indiana Pioneers in 1970 to honor its founding President, Mr. Holliday, and is given annually to an Indiana Junior Historical Society club.
For a club to be considered for an award, it must complete an application form and participate in a project, program or activity about early Indiana history during the current school year. Led by Carmen Bordner, the Hornet Little Hoosiers hosted a Pioneer day for all the fourth graders of Rossville Elementary, where the students could create stencils, weave baskets, make a tin punch design and churn butter.
“The Little Hornets are highly active in their school and community,” said Becca Loofbourrow, coordinator of the Indiana Junior Historical Society program. “They host a pioneer festival at their school that allows students to experience tasks and activities from the pioneer era. Their pioneer festival was a great match for the John H. Holliday Award this year.”
The Indiana Junior Historical Society is a statewide club for students grades three through 12. Members can explore Indiana historic sites, record podcasts of the history of their hometown, compete in the Hoosier History Bowl and more. For more information on IJrHS and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.