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Fall agenda announced

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

GREENCASTLE -- The Heritage Preservation of Putnam County recently announced its annual fall event agenda, which will take place this month.

Three days have been set for this year's trio of tours.

On the Saturdays of Oct. 15 and 22, tour groups will meet at the Old Greencastle Cemetery at 6 p.m., where local historian Larry Tippin will present historical information on the cemetery, its grave markers and individuals buried within.

By car caravan, the tours will then continue to the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery, final resting place for some of Daniel Boone's family.

Returning from the cemetery to the First Christian Church, participants may continue on a second tour.

On Saturday, a walking tour of the DePauw University campus and on Oct. 22, a walking tour of the downtown Greencastle courthouse square will leave from the church at 8:30 p.m.

Guides David English, Phil Gick and Maribeth Ward will share history and folklore relating to the two areas.

Chris Lien of the Hoosier State Paranormal Team will provide additional information on the DePauw tour.

Participants in the evening tours may enjoy refreshments at the church provided by Heritage Preserveration Members. The two portions of the evenings' offerings may be purchased separately or in combination with tickets priced accordingly.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1-4 p.m., a nostalgic visit to Forest Hill is scheduled. The cemetery encompasses the gravesites of many of Putnam County's citizens who have contributed much to the community. These are the ancestors of many of today's citizens.

The prominent Civil War Soldiers Monument at Forest Hill stands as a reminder of Putnam County Soldiers who fought. At 2 p.m., Bernie O'Bryan, renowned Lew Wallace enactor from Covington, Ky., will be present to give expression to Wallace's thoughts as he is brought back to revisit the monument, which he and others dedicated July 2, 1870.

Wallace, a Civil War General, and later, the author of "Ben Hur," spoke to a crowd of 8,000 gathered for the dedication that day.

The history of the monument and the lives of three Putnam County soldiers will be elaborated on by Ken Anderson of the Civil War Roundtable. Information concerning the history of the cemetery with emphasis on the special assets and a few gravesites within the cemetery will be made available for those wishing to tour the cemetery grounds.

Refreshments will be served by HPS members.

In conjunction with these events, "An Afternoon with Lew Wallace," will be presented at the Putnam County Library Saturday, at 2 p.m.

Cemetery tours cost $10. The tour of the campus will cost $5. A combination tour costs $13. For families of three of more, costs are $25 for cemetery tours, $13 for walking tours, and $35 for combination.

For reservations or additional information, call 765-522-1430, 765-653-4513, or e-mail putnamheritage@gmail.com.

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