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. Today I’m going to share March’s posted video. As I pointed out in Part 2, Doug Stratton didn’t have any family memories to pass along, but Monica Meehan Berg is a direct descendent and while she has no personal memories of Gene (her great-grandmother), she does have strong memories of Jeanette Porter (Gene’s daughter) who did a good job of carrying on her mother’s legacy. If you followed me on Facebook last year you know the Anniversary Dinner in Gene Stratton-Porter’s honor in August was one of the things I’d really hoped to get to last summer and I didn’t, but this happily was filmed there.
Video 3 is called “March 2014: A Chat with Monica Meehan Berg.” It was published on YouTube on March 10, 2014.
They say about it: “In the March Episode of the Stratton Foundation’s GS-P series, we meet Monica Meehan Berg at the 150th Birthday Celebration Gene Stratton-Porter Gala (held in August of 2013). Monica is Jeannette Porter Meehan’s granddaughter; making her Gene’s great-granddaughter. Although, Monica never met Gene personally, Jeannette has passed on the heritage and anecdotes of Gene Stratton-Porter through the generations and this episode is a glimpse of that. This episode has also been dedicated to Monica’s father, James Leo Meehan.”
I’m very glad that they featured someone who has those family stories to pass down. I think you’ll enjoy it.
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