Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Public History and
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
The Court hosts this interactive program each fall to commemorate a famous 19th century case about women and voting. Hoosier suffragette Helen Gougar was denied the right to vote in a Tippecanoe County election and took her case all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court (Gougar v. Timberlake).
During this program, students from fourth grade to high school participate in a re-enactment of events surrounding this case by playing roles such as Helen's family, attorneys, or Supreme Court judges, holding scene cards, or reading definitions.
This program was developed by Courts in the Classroom and Jennifer Adams, Assistant Professor at DePauw University with funding from the Indiana Humanities Council.
We invite classroom teachers, home school groups, history clubs and so forth to contact sarah.kidwell@courts.IN.gov if you are interested in participating in future programs.
The Indiana Supreme Court held back-to-back productions of its interactive drama "My Place is in the Voting Booth" on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:30am and 11:30am. Get details for this production.