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Category: Gene Stratton-Porter

Celebrate boundless curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Have you ever wanted to feed your curiosity at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites? What if you could visit for FREE? Well, on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day – Saturday, Sept. 21 – you can do just that with a Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day ticket. One Museum Day ticket allows general museum entry for two people at most of our 12 locations from 10 am. to 5 p.m. At the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, find your place in Indiana’s story by... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 13, 2019

13 haunted happenings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

It’s September, and that means soon the leaves will start changing, the temperature will start dropping, and it’ll be time for all things spooky, haunted and Halloween.  Looking to plan some spooktacular fun? The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has 13 events around the state sure to fit every family’s taste (and scare level). Tickets and details for each event can be found by clicking the event title.    1.  Quirky Queries:... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, September 6, 2019

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day with these Gene Stratton-Porter best-sellers

Although an unofficial holiday, bibliophiles across the nation celebrate National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9 by picking up a beloved novel – or by finding a new favorite. To help you celebrate National Book Lovers Day, we wanted to highlight some well-known works by Indiana’s most widely read female author – Gene Stratton-Porter. Throughout her life, Gene wrote 12 novels, including best-sellers Freckles , A Girl of the Limberlost and Laddie . But you may not... Read More
Posted by Renee Bruck at Friday, August 9, 2019

Guest Blog: Invasive plant species – and what to do about them

By Tiffany Parker, interim site manager, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Much of author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter’s gardening work can still be seen today at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City. Most of it – like all the beautiful large flowered trillium in bloom right now, and her stunning garden – brings beauty. But, some of her work didn’t prove to be as valuable long-term. In fact, some of what she planted is considered... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Thursday, May 16, 2019

Your guide to the holidays around the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

The holidays can get busy, between the dinners, parties and other obligations. But the season is also about connecting with friends and loved ones. At the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, we’ve got your family outings covered. From mansions with jaw-dropping holiday décor and visits with Santa, to horse-drawn carriage rides and New Year’s Eve fun, we’ve got something for every family – and every age. Below are our top 10 ideas from around the state. ... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Monday, November 19, 2018

Halloween fun coming to Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

By Hannah Kiefer Spooky fun is coming to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. From family-friendly fun featuring more treats than tricks to real-life paranormal investigations, we have more Halloween fun than you could imagine. Which event is best for you? Use our guide below to find out! Spooky For families with little ones, our slightly-spooky events might be best. Check out these options that feature family-friendly Halloween fun. Family Fright Night... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fall fun for everyone, at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

This autumn, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has everything your family needs to get into the fall spirit. From beautiful leaf-viewing destinations to spooky nights out, it’s time to grab your boots, throw on a cozy sweater and hit the road. We’ve got your fall checklist covered – and we promise these are events and opportunities you won’t want to miss. Fall foliage? Check. Nothing says fall like the bloom of gorgeous fall colors across the... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Friday, August 31, 2018

One-Tank Trips: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site

Summertime means one thing: Road trips. This summer, why not explore what’s in your own backyard by traveling to all the places you’ve driven past but never been to – or falling in love again with old favorites? Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered with our One-Tank Trip series – today featuring Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. “Mom, I’m bored!” This location offers a stunning natural setting with views... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site offers natural beauty and an incredible story

By Hannah Kiefer Tucked away in Rome City, a small town in northeast Indiana, there’s a place where visitors can learn about a Hoosier woman who paved the way for women across multiple industries: Gene Stratton-Porter. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site was established in 1946, and in the more than seven decades since then, visitors have been delighted with not only the natural beauty of the site, but also the story of Gene. “Gene was a woman ahead of her... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Five idol-worthy women of Hoosier history

Who says you have to come from a big city or a wealthy family to make an impact? This Women’s History Month, we look at five bold Hoosier women who made it possible for today’s women to be an integral part of the workforce, strong political voices and pioneers in various fields. Polly Strong (ca. 1796 – ?) Freewoman | Vincennes, Knox County Why she’s idol-worthy: Polly Strong stood up for herself and fought for her freedom despite people trying to hold her back.... Read More
Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at Wednesday, March 14, 2018