Activity 4: Indiana's Golden Age

Near the end of the 19th century Indiana entered a Golden Age. Indiana was being recognized nationally for its contributions. Hooisers sought to acquire landscapes, cityscapes, ceramics, and sculpture.

Centennial Medal, by Janet Scudder, Sculptor - 1916

This small low relief sculpture was cast in bronze by Janet Scudder to commemorate Indiana's centennial year as a state. The images include Indiana's state seal, a tall figure of Columbia representing the United States welcoming Indiana as her new child, a forest, rising sun, a man chopping wood, and a buffalo. Study these symbols of early Indiana and think about a design for your own medallion to depict symbols of Indiana today.