A bus trip to the two Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Sites is planned for Saturday, Aug. 3. The Wabash County Historical Society is sponsoring the trip, but it is open to anyone. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Porter’s birth. She was born in Wabash County but spent her married life in Geneva, Ind., and Rome City, Ind., before spending her final years in California. Her Indiana homes are where she wrote her 12 novels and her nature books. She was one of the most popular authors of the early 20th century, a photographer, an artist, a naturalist, an early environmental advocate, and one of the first women in the nation to own her own film company.
The bus will leave the Wabash County Historical Museum at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. The morning will be spent at her home, gardens, and outdoor area in Geneva where she lived for 18 years. The afternoon will include her home and extensive gardens in Rome City, and a documentary about her. The bus will return to the museum by around 6:15 p.m.
The fee includes the bus, admission fees at both sites, and water and snack on the bus. Each person should plan to bring his own sack lunch.
If you are interested in the Historical Society Trip to the Gene Stratton Porter State Historic Sites, please send your check made out to WCHS (Wabash County Historical Society) to Gene DeLauter, Treasurer, WCHS, Box #4, Wabash. Your reservation is made when you send in your check. For more information you may contact Susie Jones, 260-563-5600.