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[IHB] "Gene Stratton-Porter" Indiana State Historical Marker Will Be Dedicated in Rome City, Indiana
Start Date: 8/17/2013Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 8/17/2013End Time: 2:30 PM
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A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating best-selling author, Gene Stratton-Porter, is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2013. The marker will be dedicated at 12:30 P.M. (EDT) on the corner of CR 850 N. and Pleasant Point, at the entrance to the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. The address for the Site is 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, Indiana, 46784.

The text follows for the state marker entitled "Gene Stratton-Porter":

Best-selling author, Stratton-Porter (1863-1924) aimed to inspire appreciation of nature in readers. Lived and worked at Limberlost Cabin, Geneva, then Wildflower Woods, here. Wrote for magazines such as Outing and Ladies’ Home Journal. Published photographs and studies of life in nearby woods and swamps. Her novels blended fiction with vivid descriptions of nature. Ten million copies of her books sold by 1924, including internationally popular Freckles (1904) and Girl of the Limberlost (1909). She secured financial independence through her writing at a time before many women had professional careers. In California, 1920s, she pursued production of movies based on her novels. Organized her own movie production company by 1924.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this Indiana state historical marker as part of Gene Stratton-Porter’s 150th birthday celebration and Chautauqua Days 2013. The festival will feature live music, food, craft activities, and other entertainment, including Plein air painting, boat rides to Boy Scout Island, a photography contest, and more. Parking is available at the visitor lot located at the front of the Site. Guests can access this lot from Owl Ave. off of CR 850 N. 


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 more than 95 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 at the top. There are approximately 500 of these markers across the state.

For more information about this marker, the Indiana Historical Marker Program, and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at www.IN.gov/history or call 317-233-8940. For more information about the dedication ceremony, contact the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site at 260-854-3790.

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