Honoring Significant Women

The centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020, commemorating the most significant event for gender equality to date in the U.S., gives the Indianapolis Propylaeum an unprecedented opportunity to highlight inspirational women: the ones who have made a difference in the past and those who continue to make a difference today. I am writing today with two ways to honor those who have inspired you and to tell their and your stories. We once again offer you the opportunity to honor significant women in the Propylaeum’s Suffrage Centennial program. The written program will be used across all programs and events from the fall of 2019 through the end of 2020. Our schedule of events includes not just the

Fall Programs Offer Wide Variety

As we ease into fall, program opportunities for members and guests gear up. This issue of The Bulletin will feature exciting programs over the next three months. From Baroque music and architecture, to a thought provoking program on the history of women’s suffrage, to a Murder at the Mansion, and Carolene Mays-Medley kicking off our 2019-2020 Marilyn K. Glick Women’s Enrichment Series—there is something for everyone. Make reservations early so you don’t miss any of these great programs and events. Bring a friend and meet new friends at the Prop.

Women of the Propylaeum

Members of the Propylaeum have been active in the Women’s Movement throughout the organization’s history. Beginning with our founder, May Wright Sewall, members have taken roles in suffrage, reform, and equality struggles. May Wright Sewall was a leader in the women’s movement on a national and international level. She organized the Indianapolis Equal Suffrage Society in 1878. She attended the International Council of Women in 1888 and 1894. In 1893 she was the chair of the World’s congress of Representative Women at the Chicago World Columbian Exposition and chair of the National Women's Suffrage Association from 1882-1890. In 1915 she served as a delegate on Henry Ford’s peace trip to Euro

WES Goes to School

As a part of the Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series, the Propylaeum initiated WES Goes to School which provides programs for students at Shortridge High School. WES Goes to School has enabled us to expand our mission of celebrating and promoting the potential and contributions of women and girls in our culture. In 2018 world renowned opera singer Angela Brown wowed the students with her "Opera... From a Sistah's Point of View" presentation. In 2019 Indiana Avenue--Life and Musical Journey from 1915 to 2015 author Aleta Hodge with pianist Carl Hines shared the history and music of some of the Indianapolis musical greats, including Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, and the Inkspots, a

Spirit & Place

"Ain’t I a Woman?”: The Evolution of Women in Politics – A Spirit & Place Event Come to the table to join us for a discussion of the incomplete legacy of the woman’s suffrage movement on November 7 from 6:00-8:30. The Propylaeum has partnered with central Indiana organizations to develop an evening of cultured conversation over dinner to explore the segregated women’s movement and how each person can make a difference in the future. Tickets will be available for sale on Eventbrite, beginning September 12.

September Prop Day to Feature Rosanna Hardin Hall

On Wednesday, September 18, Prop Day will welcome artist and author Rosanna Hardin Hall who will speak to members and guests on her work and her travels. Ms. Hall, an Indianapolis-based world traveler, author, and painter is well known for her paintings of fountains, cypress trees, medieval and Renaissance gardens in Italy. As a plein air (outdoor) painter, Ms. Hall adapts the materials and techniques of the Italian Renaissance a using nature as her studio. Her paintings are oil on linen and include English gardens as well the villas and gardens of ancient Pompeii and of the Renaissance era in Rome, Florence, and Venice. She may be most well known locally for her beautiful paintings of fou

PROPerly Chic Style Show

Join us for a day of champagne, shopping, and style with fall fashions from the Secret Ingredient! The 2019 PROPerly Chic Style Show will take place on October 29th. Doors open at 10:30 for shopping and mimosas, followed by brunch at 11:30. The fashion show will follow brunch, and the event concludes with a live auction and additional time for shopping. This year’s show Style Show will showcase "cozy chic" as a fall trend and theme as we lean into fall colors and styles. We are still looking for models for the show as well as volunteers for the event. Tickets are $48 for members and $52 for non-members. For tickets or additional information please contact LaurieAnne Wickens at 317-638-7881 e

Architecture Lectures

Architecture Historian and Prop Board member Jim Glass will present two lectures this fall. On October 3 at 6:00 he presents Bohlen and Son: Influential Architecture in Indiana at Indiana Landmarks. Reservations are available through the Indiana Landmarks website. On November 7, Glass will present an illustrated lecture on the architecture of London at the Riviera Club at 7:00. Based on a 16-day visit to London this summer, hosted by friend Dr. Tom Greist and shared with long-time fellow travelers Carolyn and Gene Lausch, the lecture will feature many facets of the seemingly inexhaustible architectural heritage of one of the world’s great cities. We will begin with the architecture of the

Baroque Concert in Carriage House

On Sunday, September 22, 4 p.m. at the Propylaeum's Carriage House, Indianapolis audiences are in for a rare treat. The Indianapolis baroque fretted-instrument ensemble, Alchymy Viols, joins forces with North Carolina's exciting un-fretted period instrument trio, The Vivaldi Project, in a concert titled "Time's Up...Stop Fretting." Featured in this concert will be Chicago's rising-star performer on the lute and guitar, Brandon Jack Acker. By the middle of the 18th century those fretted instruments were about to run their course due to the rising popularity of the vibrant, louder, un-fretted instruments of the violin family. This concert will offer music from that period of fast change.

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