NATIONAL WISCONSIN DAY

On February 15, National Wisconsin Day recognizes The Badger State. Rich in copper, lead, forest and fertile farmland, Wisconsin became the 30th state. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to reach Wisconsin while seeking a Northwest passage to China. A mining boom, not fur trading, led to the nickname The Badger …
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NATIONAL IOWA DAY

On February 8, National Iowa Day recognizes The Hawkeye State. The 29th state to join the United States is known for fertile prairie, rolling hills, raising innovative people and some nostalgic movie moments. From the Mississippi River to the harvests in Plymouth, Harrison or Fremont counties, Iowa’s history, beauty and hospitality flourish. The state was …
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NATIONAL ARKANSAS DAY

On January 11th, National Arkansas Day recognizes the Natural State and the 25th state to join the union. Populated by Osage, Caddo, Quapaw tribes when French and Spanish explorers arrived in the area, Arkansas teems with streams, lakes, and rivers.  Its eastern border is the Mississippi River. Little Rock may be its capital, but Arkansas …
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NATIONAL ALABAMA DAY

On December 14th, National Alabama Day recognizes the Heart of Dixie. The 22nd state to join the union, Alabama has played pivotal roles in U.S. history, scientific advancements and its magnificent landscapes attract visitors from far and wide. Alabama enjoys 60 miles of shoreline along the Gulf Coast. While the coastal region is dotted with …
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NATIONAL ILLINOIS DAY

On December 7th, National Illinois Day recognizes the Land of Lincoln, home to the Windy City, and fertile prairies. As the 21st state to join the United States, Illinois’s distinct political, industrial, agricultural and population densities create an intriguing contrast to other states. When farmers began to settle on the Illinois prairie, they found the …
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NATIONAL INDIANA DAY

On November 16th, National Indiana Day revs up its engines for the state that’s the home of the Indy 500 and Hoosier hospitality, too. Indiana was the 19th state to enter the Union. James Monroe had just defeated Rufus King in the 1816 presidential race to become the 5th President of the United States. The …
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NATIONAL LOUISIANA DAY

On November 9, National Louisiana Day recognizes the state that brought us such treasures as Jazz, Creole and American Mardi Gras. Throughout the history of the state, the blending of race and culture have resulted in the Delta’s own unique flair that brings visitors from around the world seeking to taste their food, hear their music and …
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NATIONAL RHODE ISLAND DAY

Wrapping up the original 13 colonies, National Rhode Island Day on October 5 recognizes the last colony to join the Union. Persecuted for his beliefs in Massachusetts, Roger Williams established the Rhode Island colony in 1636 at Providence seeking religious and political freedom. While the colony was the first to renounce British rule, Rhode Island …
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