Gene Stratton-Porter was a very impressive person. Stratton-Porter wrote environmental, romantic fiction and naturalist non-fiction. She had parlayed that into a role in converting her work into film. Until her untimely death in the then novel event of a car crash, her films were some of the highest grossing films of the era and she was
considered one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. I have a personal connection to her through both sides of the family. Read about it and Laddie: A True Blue Story. I also have started collecting postcards of her various homesites. While Gene is no longer widely known outside of Indiana, she was certainly nationally famous for a long while. There are lots of postcards and it’s kind of great to be able to see the homes over the years.
Today several of Stratton-Porter’s homes have been restored as museums. The one I’ve been to is in Geneva, Indiana (the Geneva further east in Indiana – there are two), but her Wildflower Cabin in Rome City, Indiana has also been restored, and the wildflowers she had gathered from around state to preserve are still protected on the grounds. The Rome City site has been acvitve online. In addition to their website, which sells things like reprinted books, biographies, audio books, and DVDs of her movies, they are also on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word.
This is the first of a series of short films about Gene Stratton-Porter that the Stratton Foundation will be posting each month during 2014. Doug Stratton, president of The Stratton Foundation, takes the viewer down the road to Gene’s home at the Wildflower Woods State Historic Site in Indiana and gives a brief look into Gene’s life.
I love the owls on the gate posts. They are famous among Stratton-Porter fans. I haven’t been there yet, so I appreciate the tour. I like the signs with the names of her writing by type. Freckles and Girl of the Limberlost are part of a series, although they don’t mention it here. I appreciate seeing her grave. I didn’t realize she wasn’t still buried in California. I wonder sometimes what might have been different in Hollywood if Gene had lived. She was such a force. Could she have kept a voice for strong women alive?
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