January 01, 2020

Member $25, Non Member $30

Wear your holiday sweater and celebrate the season with storyteller Celestine Bloomfield.  She is a member of the Storytellers Guild of Indianapolis and is a retired teacher.


Bloomfield tells stories to all ages and tailors performances for specific occasions. She promises enjoyable, multicultural folklore, scary stories, fairy tales, ghost stories and personal narratives based around the holidays from her own cultural perspective. 

We are also returning to the Prop holiday tradition of holding a cookie exchange and an ornament exchange. Bring a dozen cookies and a wrapped ornament to participate. (You may participate in one, both, or neither of the exchanges.)

Suffrage Tree - Sponsored by the Indianapolis Propylaeum

November 15, 2019

Available through the Indiana Historical Society

The Propylaeum will present “The Suffragists’ Gift,” a themed tree celebrating the contributions of Indiana women involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The Propylaeum’s founder May Wright Sewall, and others will be highlighted in framed photos filling a tree decorated in appropriate colors of purple, white, and gold.


The popular Festival of Trees at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center returns November 15 - January 4, a wonderland of over 80 elaborately themed holiday trees sponsored by various Indianapolis organizations.

Gatsby Speakeasy Murder Mystery Experience

January 01, 2020

Member $115, Non Member $125

Tickets include Cocktail Hour, Dinner Stations, Open Bar w/ beer, wine, and champagne, Tour of the Mansion, Murder Mystery Experience, and After-party. After-party features music, photo station, dessert, cash bar, and complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Before the event you will be assigned a character, given costume suggestions, and provided with a pass-code and secret knock to enter the speakeasy. Space is limited, costumes are encouraged, and all attendees must be 21+ to attend.


It's the height of Prohibition in 1920s Chicago, and there’s a mob war brewing between the South Side Gangsters and the Northern Chicago Mob Outfit. The two ruthless crime leaders Hal Sapone and Beanie O’Dannon have finally reached an agreement on bootlegging practices in Chicago and have decided to pull together resources to undergo a collaborative effort with criminal endeavors. On the surface, this strategy seems similar to bailing out a sinking ship with tin cups, nevertheless. Recently, gangsters from the north and south have been spotted together at various speakeasies throughout Chicago, but the tension in the air is always thick enough to be cut with a knife. However, this newfound relationship between the opposing mob bosses has served, thus far, to inhibit gratuitous bloodshed as in the past. Part of the success of this truce is that both crime bosses have found new dames, thereby intertwining more mutual relationships between the two factions.

The two gangs have set an official date to meet at Hal Sapone’s Grand Gatsby Speakeasy to resolve all remaining differences. Will these two underground organizations resolve their disputes or will a massive melee erupt, rekindling the fatal flames between them? This is where your story begins.

Women's Enrichment Series feat. Jennifer Pope Baker

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February 20, 2020

$25.00 GA, $75.00 VIP

The Indianapolis Propylaeum presents the Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series, a multi-part celebration of women in central Indiana. Each talk begins at 5:00 for conversation, drinks, and hors d'oevures. Lectures begin at 6:00. VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet reception with the speaker, reserved seating during the presentations, and an open bar. GA tickets include appetizers and a cash bar.


Jennifer Pope Baker

Jennifer Pope Baker is a respected, innovative and passionate philanthropic leader, serving as Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana since 1998.

Under Jennifer’s leadership, Women’s Fund has become an expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana. She is recognized nationally for creating bold, transformative initiatives focused on systems change as well as innovative programming which fosters the next generation of philanthropists and community leaders.

Jennifer is a sought-after speaker and commentator, appearing regularly on Inside Indiana Business and speaking at venues such as The White House, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Give an Hour Global Mental Health Forum. Jennifer is an active member of the central Indiana community, currently serving as Local Organizing Committee Chair for IWIT LPGA Tournament. She has been named a Torchbearer by the Indiana Commission for Women, an Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence and Forty Under 40, and a member of Class XXIV of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series.

Pages at the Prop feat. Nancy VanArsdale

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February 27, 2020


Enjoy hearing Indianapolis author Nancy VanArsdale share some parts of her book, The Thousandth Telling. Get the chance to meet the author, have books signed, and enjoy VanArsdale herself discuss her book. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available for drinks. Propylaeum members get 1 free drink ticket.

Nancy VanArsdall is a writer and feminist psychotherapist. She was born in Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University, earning a Master's Degree. Her groundbreaking creative non-fiction book, Coming Full Circle: Honoring the Rhythm of Relationships is her first book. She has put her keen observations of history and human nature to work in The Thousandth Telling, her first novel.

Spanning nearly a century, The Thousandth Telling is the story of three generations of women each of whom must navigate the prevailing social norms as she strives to live an authentic life. The story begins with Anna who seeks to balance mothering her six children while supporting her demanding husband in a deteriorating marriage. Desiring a better future for her four daughters, she dedicates herself to women’s suffrage.

Digging in Their Heels- Play in Carriage House

March 13, 2020

$15 Members, $20 Non-Members, $10 Students

This comedic, fast-paced, surprise-filled piece tells the story in a manner that keeps audiences laughing, learning, and marveling at those who paved the way for women today!

See Perkins's performance at the Carriage House March 13-14. Evening performances (7pm) feature an exclusive Q & A session with Perkins herself and is only offered at the Carriage House performances!

For 13 years Sally Perkins has been a professional storyteller and speaker. She travels the country speaking, training, and performing stories of all sorts: historical, wisdom, personal...even ghoulish. She’s been a featured performer at the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, the Tennessee Haunting in the Hills Festival, and the National Storytelling Network Conference.

Women's Enrichment Series feat. Allison Barber

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April 16, 2020

$25.00 GA, $75.00 VIP

The Indianapolis Propylaeum presents the Marilyn K. Glick Women's Enrichment Series, a multi-part celebration of women in central Indiana. Each talk begins at 5:00 for conversation, drinks, and hors d'oevures. Lectures begin at 6:00. VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet reception with the speaker, reserved seating during the presentations, and an open bar. GA tickets include appetizers and a cash bar.


Allison Barber

President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Fever.

Previously, Allison served as president of Western Governors University (WGU) Advancement and Chancellor of WGU Indiana. Under her leadership, WGU Indiana experienced unprecedented growth in helping Hoosiers improve their lives by earning a college degree – growing from 250 students to 5,000 students and enrolling students in all 92 counties of the state.

Barber was formerly president of Sodenta, a strategic communications firm, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Special Detail to the Office of Global Communications in the White House. A recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Barber is as a state lead volunteer for the American Red Cross and serves on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Techpoint, Indiana Internet and the Elizabeth Dole Hidden Heroes foundation.

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