Indiana history is full of fascinating women whose famous last names overshadowed their own unique accomplishments. For one night only, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) brings to life their stories with the return of the popular Women’s History Month program, “History in Four Bites: Women Behaving Badly.”
The program takes participants through a series of vignettes, each introducing guests to a renegade lady in the shadows of Indiana history. As they rotate from space to space, guests will meet actors portraying these gutsy women, while enjoying themed snacks connected to an event or period.
This year “Women Behaving Badly” focuses on the stories of Vivian Carter, the radio celebrity who helped bring The Beatles to America; Rhoda Coffin, the Quaker reformer who fought for better treatment of women in Indiana prisons; and Roselyn Richardson, an active participant in the fight to desegregate Indianapolis schools. Other vignettes pull back the curtain on the accomplishments of Susannah Tarkington, second wife of novelist Booth Tarkington, and Zerelda Wallace, wife of Indiana Governor David Wallace and step-mother to Civil War general and author Lew Wallace.
“Women Behaving Badly” is presented in partnership with Women4Change Indiana and supported by Upland Brewing Co. The event takes place Thursday, March 21, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
Registration is $20, $16 for IHS members or $25 at the door. Admission includes light snacks and one drink ticket. Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance, as space is limited. To register, visit www.indianahistory.org or call IHS at 317-232-1882.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.