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Indiana Cultural Symbols

What can one say about Indiana’s cultural symbols? Depending on one’s perspective, they’re super cool, super bad, or just plain weird.

Cultural Symbols  
Pie sugar cream pie 2009
Beverage water 2007
Sagamore of the Wabash Award Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Poem Indiana 1963
Language American Sign Language 1995
Language English Redundant Symbol 1984
Rifle Grouseland rifle 2012
Aircraft Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt 2015
Indiana Cultural Symbols

Indiana was one of the first states to adopt English as its official language, a dumb symbol. However, Indiana later adopted a second language as well, American sign language.

Indiana’s state pie is something you may not have heard of—sugar cream pie.

The recipe allegedly originated in the 1800s among Indiana’s Shaker and/or Amish communities. Today, the largest producer is Wick’s Pies (www.wickspies.com). Their plant in Winchester, Indiana bakes some 750,000 sugar cream pies a year.

Official symbols of the arts are limited to a poem titled “Indiana.”

Indiana is among the states with an official state rifle, the Grouseland rifle.

Grouseland is the name of a famous mansion located in Vincennes, Indiana. The first brick home in Indiana, it served as a fortress and was the center of government for the Indiana Territory. Before he became president, William Henry Harrison reportedly named it Grouseland because of the abundant grouse in the area.

The Grouseland rifle is one of six remaining rifles made by gunsmith John Small in the early 1800s. Small was also the primary engraver who produced the territorial seals that evolved into Indiana’s current state seal.

Indiana also has an official aircraft, the Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt. Produced in Evansville, Indiana, the P 47 saw lots of action during World War II.

I’m not a big fan of official firearms or military symbols. However, Indianans stole the show with one of the most amazing designations one could imagine. They named water their official beverage.

On one hand, it’s a relief that they didn’t follow other states in adopting milk. On the other hand, what special connection does Indiana have with water?

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