Behind-the-Scenes Tour June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, 2013; 4 p.m.
$10 per adult; $8 per senior; $5 per child Visitors will see areas of the mansion not included in the regularly scheduled tours including the huge basement, the unfinished east wing, and the cupola. They will also hear information about the site not explained on the standard tours. Visitors taking this tour should be prepared to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. Reservations are required. 812.273.0556.
Lanier Civil War Days June 15, 16, 2013; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$3 per adult; $1 per child Experience the life and culture of Civil War-era Madison, Ind., during Lanier Civil War Days. Watch re-enactors recreate Civil War battles, visit with Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, listen to period music; see Victorian-era artisans demonstrate their skills, enjoy period food and drink and play historic games.
Saturday, June 15 10 a.m. Commemoration Ceremony
11 a.m. History of Eleutherian College
Civil War Doctor by Bill Kinsey
Noon President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by David Wolfe
12:30 p.m. Sword swallower and juggler act by the Blue Monkey Group
1 p.m. Civil War music by West of Dublin
1:30 p.m. President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by David Wolfe
2:15 p.m. Sword swallower and juggler act by the Blue Monkey Group
3 p.m. Mock Civil War Battle
3:30 p.m. General Robert E. Lee portrayed by Chuck Eberle
7 p.m. Free Civil War evening concert by West of Dublin on Mansion north lawn (Donations accepted)
Sunday, June 16 12:30 p.m. General Robert E. Lee portrayed by Chuck Eberle
1:15 p.m. President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by David Wolfe
2 p.m. Mock Civil War Battle
3 p.m. Civil War Music by West of Dublin
Archicamp: Urban Gardening June 26, 27, 2013; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$30 per person; reservations required Campers ages 8 to 13 can travel back in time for hands-on fun learning about area landmarks, architecture, historic preservation and gardening history in Madison, Indiana. The second day of the camp will conclude with a swim at the historic Crystal Beach pool. Fee includes refreshments, educational materials, admission fees and souvenirs. Participants should bring a sack lunch both days. Enrollment for the camp is limited to 20 children. Reservations must be made by June 19; contact Rhonda Deeg at Historic Madison, Inc., 812.265.2967 or email@example.com. In conjunction with Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and Historic Madison, Inc.
Mixed-up Lectures! Exploring the unrelated at the Lanier Mansion
Birds of Prey: American Eagles and a Hairy Potter Sept. 19, 2013; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
$3 per person Meet a live bald Eagle with Annie Walker of Wings of Eagles, Inc. and discover ancient and modern pottery making skills with John Marsh.
Black & White Party Sept. 21, 2013; 7 – 9 p.m.
$25 in advance, $30 at the door; reservations required One glittering night of good food, good friends, good music – all in Black and White! On the scenic south lawn, guests are encouraged to wear any type of black and white attire. Refreshments include substantial hors d’oeuvres, one complimentary drink, a cash bar and live music.
Night Spirits Oct. 18, 2013; 7 – 9 p.m.
$10 per person; reservations recommended Costumed actors portraying “spirits” will dramatically recount shocking, true stories from Indiana’s past in the dimly lit rooms of the Lanier Mansion. Light refreshments will be served in the Mansion’s spooky basement. Call 812.273.0556 for reservations.
Spooky Mansion Oct. 26, 2013; 6 – 8 p.m.
$3 per child; (one free adult per child) This spooky (not scary) children’s Halloween program features creepy decorations, trick-or-treating, ghost stories, visits by Civil War ghosts, creepy crafts and a walk through the mansion’s haunting basement.
Spirit of Christmas Past Dec. 14, 2013; 2 – 4 p.m.
$3 per child; (one free adult per child) Enjoy Victorian Christmas activities for children and their families. There will be crafts, refreshments, stories, a gift shop and a Victorian Santa Claus.
For more information and event descriptions, call Site Manager Gerry Reilly at 812.273.0556.
PATCH PROGRAMS FOR SCOUTS Earn your Historic Preservation Patch at the Indiana State Historic Sites! Grades 3 – 12 Find out how your Scout group or youth organization can learn to love and protect old architectural treasures in our communities. Designed for both older and younger youth, visit one of the participating state historic sites and do the rest of the activities on your own, or request a program be provided for your group at $3 per person.
When the requirements are completed, you may purchase this patch for $3 at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. For information and patch requirements, contact Anne Fairchild at 812.273.4531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.