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Posey County Water Pageant program

 Collection — Folder: S2241
Identifier: S2241

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of the program for the Posey County Water Pageant that took place in September 1916 to celebrate Indiana's centennial. The front cover of the program has the handwritten name and address of Dr. Numa N. Williams, a participant of the pageant. His daughter, Catherine, later added a few notations in pencil. The program was in an envelope with a May 1966 postmark from Fort Wayne and addressed to a Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carmony of Bloomington, Indiana. The return address on the envelope is for R.E. Broyles, Catherine's husband.


  • 1916-1966

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

In 1916, Indiana celebrated its centennial and the state's counties, cities, and towns organized pageants and other projects to highlight the history of their communities and show the progress made over the decades. Posey County is located in the southwestern corner of the state and celebrated the state's 100th anniversary in its county seat, Mount Vernon, September 12-13, 1916. Along with a parade, speeches, and concerts, the main event of the county's celebration was a water pageant given before 15,000 spectators on the Ohio riverfront. The pageant was written by Nora C. Fretageot of New Harmony, Indiana and was directed by Mrs. Mary H. Flanner of Indianapolis.


Information found within collection.

Indiana State Library. "Centennial Indiana." General Information: Exhibits. Accessed September 21, 2021.

"Nature Spirits and Brave Men in Posey Life: Hoosier Pocket county Finds She Has Both in Centennial Pageant Attended by 15,000." Evansville Press (IN), September 14, 1916.


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 Mrs. Ralph (Catherine) Broyles.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/21 by Laura Eliason.
Posey County Water Pageant program
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.