Harvest Dinner, October 24 – Gene Stratton Porter

gene_stratton_porter_authorHow much do you know about Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter (1863-1924)? She was not only a best-selling novelist, but also a magazine columnist, a wildlife photographer, an amateur naturalist, and one of the first women to form and own a movie studio. Her books were translated into multiple languages with a world-wide audience, and she used her income and influence to save wetlands in several places in Indiana. Her novel A Girl of the Limberlost has been adapted for film four different times. And if you come to the Historical Society’s Harvest Dinner this fall, you can meet her!  Well, okay, not the actual Gene Stratton Porter — but pretty close! Costumed interpreter Glory-June Greiff will portray the author and will give interesting details about her life. We’re looking forward to an enjoyable time of food and entertainment, and we hope that you can join us! More details to come, but for now, mark your calendars for Oct. 24th at 1 p.m.

The annual Harvest Dinner is for everyone – members, friends, and guests – and is always a special event in Franklin Township. It is sponsored each year by the Franklin Township Historical Society, and this year it will be held Saturday, October 24, starting at 1 pm, at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 8936 Southeastern Avenue in Wanamaker. The cost for the dinner and program is $15/person. Please make your reservations by Saturday, October 17. There are two ways to make your reservations:

1) Call Dana Crapo at 317-784-5314.

2) Print and mail this form, along with your check: Harvest Dinner Reservation Form



  1. Glory-June Greiff

    Hello! I am the historian who will be interpreting Gene Stratton-Porter. First of all, please, if you can, correct the spelling of my name (GREIFF).
    Also, you noted that “The Girl of the Limberlost” had been made into a movie several times over the years. Actually, a majority of her novels were made into films. All the ones in which she directly had a hand are gone (they were silent, of course), but her daughter Jeannette carried on the company for awhile, and some of those films do survive. (Film historian Eric Grayson here in town has several of them and gives programs on them,)


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