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[IHB] “Juliet V. Strauss” Indiana State Historical Marker to be dedicated in Rockville, IN
Start Date: 9/22/2012Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 9/22/2012End Time: 12:00 PM
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“Juliet V. Strauss” Indiana State Historical Marker

will be dedicated at Rockville, Indiana

        A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana State Historical Marker is scheduled for September 22, 2012. The State Historical Marker commemorates Juliet V. Strauss of Rockville, Indiana, a popular Hoosier columnist who worked to save the land that became Turkey Run State Park. The text follows for the State Historical Marker entitled “Juliet V. Strauss”:

Popular columnist writing as “The Country Contributor,” Strauss (1863-1918) idealized simple rural life and traditional roles for women in a time of national shifts in class and gender relations. Began writing for hometown newspaper, Rockville Tribune, 1880, for Indianapolis News, 1903, and for Ladies Home Journal, 1905, which reached a million readers worldwide.

Through her columns and influence, Strauss worked to save old-growth forest, called Turkey Run, from destruction by lumber company. Turkey Run became Indiana’s second state park during Indiana’s centennial celebration, 1916, at a time of heightened national interest in conservation. Indiana women’s clubs dedicated a statue to her efforts at Turkey Run, 1922.


The Indiana State Historical Marker will be unveiled at 11:00 AM, September 22, 2012 at 514 North College Street, Rockville. Juliet Strauss lived at the home here which she called “Grouch Place.” Strauss biographer Ray Boomhower will offer brief remarks and project participants will be recognized. For more information about the dedication ceremony, please contact Betty Lea Hatheway, 812-236-1821.


State Historical Markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For 97 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history.  Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana in the crest. There are approximately 500 of these markers across the state.


For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other Indiana history resources, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at or call 317-232-2535.                                                                                          

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