Back in January I had posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was, but I haven’t done a good job following up with posts about the following videos. So today I want to start working on getting caught up. Gene Stratton-Porter was the author who I featured in my Easter special reading of a chapter about how that 19th century family did their Easter eggs.
Video 2 is called “February 2014: Stratton Family Discovery and a Tour of the Wildflower Woods Cabin.” It was published on YouTube Feb 17, 2014.
They say about it: “For the February edition of the Stratton Foundation’s GS-P series, Doug Stratton, briefly explains his journey of discovering Gene and his gratitude for the sites and volunteers that preserve her history. Also featured in this piece is Dave and Tracy Fox who take the viewer for a brief tour of the Wildflower Woods Cabin.”
I wish they’d spent a little more effort on proper mics and a little less on overly heavily background music which makes it a little hard to understand, but I was very glad to see both parts of this video. I had wondered where this Doug Stratton who has been leading the efforts with publicity popped up from all of a sudden. Turns out that pop up is what he did. They didn’t grow up with family stories even though they are as close as you can get to being direct decedents without actually being direct decedents (if I followed what he said they are first cousins, four times removed), but instead discovered the connection through genealogical research. His cousin Chris (or Kris?) did the actual work tracing down the connection to Gene.
Doug had already started The Stratton Foundation as a private family foundation back in 2000 (the fact that they have a bird for their logo was apparently a coincidence). Their website states, “The Stratton Foundation is founded by Douglas Stratton as a non-operating, private family foundation based in Birmingham, Michigan. Its purpose is to help students learn, discover and develop successful careers that integrate art and technology.” When they found out that Gene had been doing many of these things coming up on a century ago, they wanted to get involved.
The second half is a tour of the Wildflower Woods cabin and state park which is the second of Gene’s homes in Indiana to be preserved and the one where she rescued wildfowers too. I have yet to make it to this home in Rome City, so I was especially glad to see the tour. I wonder a bit about the tour guides sources of information, but I was so very glad to at least virtually take a tour of the house.
P.S. The photo is an embroidery I did of Limberlost House in 1989 after I visited. It was from a pattern, but I added a few twists.
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