It’s a member trip with a genealogy twist!
Immerse yourself in the 1800s and the story of Giles White, Hoosier frontiersman and Civil War hero turned town sheriff and mayor of Greensburg. Join IHS actors, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director of Special Initiatives Jeannie Regan-Dinius, and descendant Bob White for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Starting in You Are There 1839: Religion and the Divided Frontier, we explore the experiences of Giles’ mother, Lucy White, through his eyes and learn about the emotions in rural Indiana leading into the Civil War. Then we hop on a bus to locations in Decatur County to trace the family’s history. Along the way, we learn the story of a slave named Caroline and her four young children who escaped from Kentucky to Indiana to Canada on the Underground Railroad. We reveal the dilemmas Giles faced as sheriff and mayor in the face of racial tension and talk about the legal case against Luther Donnell, who aided Caroline.
Nov. 9 is also the Monumental Marathon in downtown Indy. Please be sure to add extra travel time to the History Center in the morning. For a map of road closures, click here.
$75 member; $125 nonmember with individual membership included. Includes transportation, lunch and refreshments. Registration closes Thursday, Oct. 24.