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‘Tales of the Underground Railroad’ in Franklin, June 15

Johnson County Museum of History

Johnson County Museum of History. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Ange Albsmeyer
Johnson County Museum

Stories of the Underground Railroad come alive in the one-woman presentation “Freedom Is My Home,” Saturday June 15th at 2pm at the Johnson County Museum in downtown Franklin. Storyteller Charlotte Battin portrays a Quaker woman who acts as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, providing a safe haven for slaves escaping to freedom.

The program presents compelling and dramatic stories of daring escapes in the years prior and during the Civil War, and of friendships born in the course of helping runaway slaves. “Freedom Is My Home” is co-sponsored by the Johnson County Public Library.  The program is free of charge. All ages are welcome; youngsters can earn 50 Summer Reading Points by attending the program.

The Johnson County Museum is located at 135 North Main Street in downtown Franklin, Indiana. The museum is fully accessible, and offers free on-site parking. For further information, please visit our website at or call 317-346-4500.

April Special Events at Conner Prairie

April 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Lynelle Mellady
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

The art of textile making is front and center at Shear Fun, Apr. 27-28, 2013, at Conner Prairie in Hamilton County, Indiana. Meet the sheep and watch sheep-herding in action; see a sheep being sheared in the Animal Encounters Barn. Choose a color in the Loom House and dye your own wool swatch. Learn the basics of wool-spinning and Native-American finger weaving. See what else you can do at Shear Fun and other “Threads Through Time” activities this month.

Admission for Shear Fun: Included with paid general admission to Conner Prairie. General admission is free for members.

In Follow the North Star, Apr. 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27, the insults and demands thrown at you by your owners will immediately transport you to a distressing 19th-century scene. Whispers from fellow runaways will engulf you in uncertainty, or determination, as you escape on the Underground Railroad. The words of former slaves instill confidence in you, while the nervous tones of others make you paranoid. The warm voices of Quakers inviting you into their home give you encouragement.

Who will you believe? What is your destiny? Be a part of Follow the North Star, a nationally acclaimed Conner Prairie program. Learn more here.

Conner Prairie is located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, just north of Indianapolis. For more information, visit, or call 317-776-6006.

Jabberwocky at the IndyFringe Theatre, Dec. 11

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Jabberwocky logo.

By Ellen Munds
Storytelling Arts of Indiana

Join us for Jabberwocky in collaboration with IndyFringe, Tuesday, December 11 at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6 p.m.

In our culture, this is the season for giving. We exchange gifts, we make donations to our favorite charities and some of us give of our time. Listen to the stories of a few individuals like Marcia Ellett, a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana; Alyssa Star Newerth, a volunteer from IndyReads; Susan Toevs, a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Jacque Cornish, a volunteer who tells stories at Riley Hospital for Children.

If you so desire, share your own 3 – 4 minute story about the rewards of donating your time during the open-mike portion of the program. We serve appetizers along with a cash bar.

For more information, visit, or call 317-522-8099.

ABOVE: Image provided by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and used with written permission.