Released December 4, 2020

Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site to host ‘Gene’s Autumn Tea’


Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, [email protected]

ROME CITY, Ind. – The public is invited to Gene’s Autumn Tea, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site’s annual high tea on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The tea will benefit the Gene Stratton-Porter Society and the restoration of the gardens and the grounds.

Guests will enjoy tea delicacies such as zucchini cheddar bread, cucumber sandwiches, chicken salad in phyllo cups, lemon-pistachio mini bundt cakes, dark chocolate scones and a variety of hand-blended teas while listening to guest speaker, Lisa Conrad.

Conrad, the district media integration specialist for DeKalb Central School District, will present on monarch butterflies, their life cycle and their habitats.

As a citizen scientist, Conrad has participated in Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration, continues to tag monarchs for the University of Kansas Monarch Watch and reports observation and sightings with the Annenberg Learner Journey North mobile application. One of her September tagged monarchs was recovered in Central Mexico in February of the following year, traveling more than 2,000 miles.

Seating for Gene’s Autumn Tea is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 12.

For more information on this event or to make reservations, please contact the site at 260.854.3790.

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Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located in Rome City in northeast Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the Cabin at Wildflower Woods nestled on the shore of Sylvan Lake was the home of Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter. Tour the Cabin and explore the beautiful grounds to discover how nature inspired her work. For more information, call 260.854.3790 or visit