Released August 5, 2020

Celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s Birthday During Special Open House Event

ROME CITY, Indiana (Aug. 5, 2020) – Join in a celebration of the life and legacy of Indiana author, naturalist and photographer Gene Stratton-Porter during a birthday open house at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.

Visit Gene’s gorgeous Cabin in Wildflower Woods that she designed herself, take a stroll through the gardens surrounding her home on Sylvan Lake, and enjoy pre-packaged cookies and punch during the birthday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17.

“We always enjoy celebrating Gene’s life and legacy with her fans,” said Tiffany Parker, site manager at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. “This birthday celebration gives us yet another chance to share about this important Hoosier author and her love of nature. We look forward to welcoming everyone for this special celebration.”

This year marks the 157th birthday of Indiana’s most widely read female author. Gene was born Aug. 17, 1863, in Lagro, Indiana. The self-trained author and photographer wrote several best-selling novels, including A Girl of the LimberlostFrecklesThe Harvester and others, during her lifetime.

Admission to the birthday open house is $2/person or free for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members.

# # #

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a statewide museum system with 12 locations, offering visitors a chance to engage with Indiana’s past and present and see how their actions help shape the future. At each location, visitors are invited to explore big questions and create lasting experiences that will resonate long after each visit ends. Whether interested in art or architecture, history or science, there’s something for everyone and every interest. The Indianapolis museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The historic sites are located statewide, stretching from Rome City in northeastern Indiana to Evansville in the southwest.