A Celebration of Gene Stratton-Porter's 150th Birthday!

Gene Stratton-PorterAdults and teens are invited for a special commemoration of the life and work of Indiana author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter during the program, "A Celebration of Gene Stratton-Porter's 150th Birthday," on Saturday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington Street.

Born in rural Wabash County, Indiana, Stratton-Porter combined her knowledge and love of nature with stories of love and hardship, adventure and memorable characters. From the 13,000-acre swamp area in which her Limberlost Cabin was constructed in 1895 near Geneva, Indiana, Stratton-Porter observed the unspoiled outdoors, published photographs and wrote six of her 12 novels and five of her seven nature books, including the bestselling Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost. During her life she also wrote two books of poetry, children's books and numerous magazine articles.

In 1918, Stratton-Porter and her husband moved to California where several of her novels were adapted for film. It was also where the homegrown Hoosier started her own company, the Gene Stratton-Porter Film Company. Stratton-Porter died in 1924 in Los Angeles from injuries in a traffic accident.

During the program, author Barbara Morrow will discuss her book, Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter. Copies will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Bookmamas. In addition, there will be a screeing of the film, Gene Stratton Porter: Voice of the Limberlost (56 minutes). Birthday cake will be served for all in attendance.

Call 275-4450 for more information about this free Library program.