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"The Weaving of Ripley County" pageant script

 Collection — Folder: S1776
Identifier: S1776

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of the script for the historical pageant "The Weaving of Ripley County," written and directed by Minnie E. Wycoff. Performed at the Osgood, Indiana fairgrounds on September 12, 1927, the twenty-six page script includes the speeches, reenactments, costuming, number of minutes alloted for each part and interval, and other details related to the production.


  • 1927


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Ripley County, Indiana was organized in 1818 and named for Ebenezer Wheelock Ripley, a War of 1812 veteran. Versailles is the county seat and there are eleven townships: Adams, Brown, Center, Delaware, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Laughery, Otter Creek, Shelby, and Washington.

"The Weaving of Ripley County" is a historical pageant performed on September 12, 1927 at the Osgood fairgrounds. Written and directed by Minnie E.Wycoff, the pageant was organized into seven episodes: "The Mound Builders," "The Indians," "The Pioneers," "The Builders," "Procession of the Townships," "Our Defenders," and "The Finale." 110 years of county history was presented through speeches and reenactments, including the defense of the blockhouse at Buchanan's Station, Morgan's Raid, pioneer church and wedding services, barn dances, corn husking bees, spelling bees, and fiddler's contests. Groups of performers from all eleven townships participated and a crowd of 8,000 witnessed the all day event.


Information found within collection.

"Ripley's History to Be Portrayed." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), September 11, 1927.

"The Weaving of Ripley County. A Drawing by Frederick Polley." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), September 18, 1927.

"Ripley County's 110 Years Put in Pageant." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), September 13, 1927.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jazel Caravetta in 1993/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/04/06 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/04/06 by Laura Eliason.
"The Weaving of Ripley County" pageant script
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.