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Dowden is Maconaquah at Historical meeting

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013

Chris Dowden spoke at the first public program of the year at the Huntington County Historical Society on Wednesday evening, March 20. Dowden performed her original monologue, Maconaquah, the life of Frances Slocum.

Slocum was a white woman taken from her Quaker family in Pennsylvania as a child by Indians and raised as a Miami. Through various travels and changes in her life with the Indians, Slocum’s permanent destination was near Peru, Indiana. She lived with her Indian family in a place named Deaf Man’s Village and was reunited with the Slocum family nearly 60 years later.

Sarah Schmidt, Historical Museum director, spoke to the group about the current 2012 Historical Hoosier Fine Art Show and Contest. She explained that the subject of the contest is Indiana historical persons, places or events. Ages 5 through adult are welcome to enter and more information is available through the Historical Museum.

Gib Young, Historical Society membership chairman, then spoke about the current membership drive and the importance of membership. He encouraged members to let the public know about the benefits of membership and invite everyone to join.

The next Historical Society program will be held in April and will feature the Erie Railroad. For more information about the museum, the contest or membership visit the website at, the Facebook page, or call (260) 356-7264. The Historical Museum is located at 315 Court Street and its hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.