Historic site hosts programs on life in early Indiana

FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind. – Five upcoming programs at the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site will explore life in an old Indiana home, the history and science of food preservation, and the connection between abolition and the pie the pumpkin.

Children can learn what life was like in 1839 with “Life in an Early Indiana” programs Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, according to a news release. Programs run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and cost $3 per person, with a 25% discount for members.

The children will visit the Coffin house and discover the tasks assigned to 1839 children, how the school operated and what the children did for fun.

Registration is mandatory the day before the program.

A virtual program, “Abolition and Pumpkin Pie,” will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on November 16. The cost is $5 per person, with a 25% discount for members.

Historian Cindy Ott learned that pumpkin pie became popular through the work of abolitionists. She will explain her research to verify this strange fact.

Registration is mandatory before November 15.

In 1839, families had to store enough food to survive the winter through salting, pickling, smoking and drying. “Last the Winter: The History and Science of Food Preservation” will explore pickling. Participants will create their own pickled jar.

The program is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 17. It costs $8 per adult, $6 for seniors and $4 per child, with a 25% discount for members.

Girl Scouts will learn about the Underground Railroad system and how conductors helped those seeking freedom on “Girl Scout Day” on November 19.

The program is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It costs $8 per Scout and $13 per adult or $3 per member.

Scouts will take a tour of the house and a self-guided tour of the interpretive center. Hands-on activities provide opportunities for Scouts to learn and earn a crest.

Register by calling 765-847-1691.

Freedom seekers used the stars and an old folk song to guide their journeys.

“Follow the Drinking Gourd” explores this folk song and how it has helped freedom seekers. Gaze at the stars through a virtual Planetarium Experience at the Joseph Moore Museum and participate in astronomy-focused crafts and activities.

The program is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 17. It costs $6 per youth and offers a 25% discount to members. Registration is required by 5 p.m. on December 16.

For more information on any of the programs, call 765-847-1691.

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