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Gene Stratton-Porter portrayed at Ford Home

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2018

A presentation of the life of Gene Stratton-Porter as portrayed by Mrs. Juanita Rapp will take place on Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the gardens of the Dr. James Ford Historic Home. Mrs. Rapp, a LaFontaine native, earned her Masters of Education degree from Ball State University, and taught in Marion elementary schools for twenty-one years. She is passionate about learning from history and sharing those lessons in her first-person presentations.

Born on a farm in Wabash County on August 17, 1863, Geneva Grace Stratton was the youngest of 12 children. Gene’s mother died in 1875 after suffering from typhoid fever, and her father was left to raise the couple’s many children by himself. Gene received little formal schooling, thus having an interest in nature and wildlife from an early age, she made nature her classroom.

The Dr. James Ford Historic Home is located at 177 W. Hill Street near the downtown area of Wabash. Admission for this presentation is $4 per person. Members of the Dr. James Ford Historic Home and children under 12 are admitted free.

For more information about this exhibit, visit the Dr. James Ford Historic Home website at, or call (260) 563-8686.

The Dr. James Ford Historic Home offers a look at life in Wabash during the mid-1800s with exhibits that share information on family life, Dr. Ford’s participation in the Civil War, dining and etiquette, household tasks, and historic preservation.