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Morris-Butler House offers Victorian and steampunk afternoon teas

The Morris-Butler House, a nineteenth-century home with a tower and a brand-new paint scheme, invites visitors to tea.  Afternoon teas on December 7 feature Victorian holiday traditions and décor with a traditional English tea menu. On December 14, the tea features a menu inspired by the steampunk genre. The civilized pick-me-up of afternoon tea seems […]

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Almost the Night before Christmas at Morris-Butler House December 15

The Victorian-era Morris-Butler House, decorated for the holidays, is the perfect setting for carolers and dramatic readings of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Families will learn about holiday traditions of the era, some familiar and some that have died away, and children can make a Victorian Christmas ornament to take home. Admission is $5 per […]

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Victorian Holiday Tea at Morris-Butler House December 1 and 8, 2012

Victorians loved the tradition of afternoon tea, and the experience today is richer when the tea is served in the Victorian rooms of the Morris-Butler House at Christmas time. The menu features authentic recipes prepared by British-born Tina Jesson of Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and gourmet teas from Tea’s Me Café. Don’t eat lunch […]

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“From Dark Pages” at Morris-Butler House

A stone pathway lit with lanterns leads me to the side entrance of the Morris-Butler House, setting a spooky scene for the performance of “From Dark Pages.”  The progressive play, written specifically for the house, takes the audience on a journey through the hallways, parlors and studies on a search for Jack the Ripper.  Sir […]

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From Dark Pages at Morris-Butler House Begins October 18th

Just in time for Halloween, From Dark Pages, the annual progressive mystery play at Morris-Butler House, combines history and macabre fantasy in a landmark setting. The audience moves from room to room through the three-story 1865 house, tracking Jack the Ripper and meeting characters from both life and Victorian gothic literature while exploring the workings of the criminal mind.

Morris-Butler House is the property of Indiana Landmarks, a not-for-profit organization which works to save historical landmarks and preserve heritage in Indianapolis.

Funny, mysterious, and downright terrifying characters come to life in this unusual theatrical experience. Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pursue Jack the Ripper every year, but the plot and other characters change.

This year, they encounter Mary Shelley and her ghastly progeny Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Governess and her charge from The Turn of the Screw.  Guests will also have an audience with Her Majesty, Queen Victoria and the mysterious medium Mme. Alexandra.

“Viewers enjoy the ‘progressiveness’ of the performance, following the characters through the house and being close to the action,” says Kelly Gascoine, program coordinator at Morris-Butler House.

Beginning October 18th, From Dark Pages occurs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October, with three performances each night. Tickets cost $15 per person ($10 for members of Indiana Landmarks) and a reservation is required.

For more information, contact Morris-Butler House at 317-636-5409 or 800-450-4534, or send an email to morris-butler@indianalandmarks.org.

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Indiana Landmarks offers free tours in downtown Indy

Looking for ideas for things to do with the kids?  Indiana Landmarks offers three opportunities to explore Indianapolis heritage in 3D on guided tours, for free, on Fridays and Saturdays through October.

Discover Monument Circle on a guided walking tour that explores the physical and symbolic heart of the capital city, including Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center and the historic buildings that encircle it. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from South Bend Chocolate Company, 30 Monument Circle. Not only is the tour free, tour takers get a coupon for 10 percent off at the Chocolate Company. Don’t count on a tour if it’s raining cats and dogs though.

Last year, a $20 million restoration turned a vacant 1890s church into Indiana Landmarks Center. Stenciling, gilding, and colored lighting systems turned worship spaces into elegant theaters and reception halls. The tour traces the story of a landmark that once ranked as the state’s largest Methodist church, and the people and changes that revitalized it as a cultural center. Tours begin at noon in the lobby of Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue.

The Morris-Butler House forced a highway to move. Rather than take a straight course that would have demolished the landmark, the interstate curved to avoid the three-story house. Built in 1865, the house was restored in the Victorian fashion in the 1960s. Tours of the towered house at 1204 North Park Avenue (immediately east of Indiana Landmarks Center) begin at 1 and 2 p.m.

The free tours are timed to allow visitors to take all three tours in a single day. Reservations are not required except for groups of 10 or more.

Indiana Landmarks also offers the three tours, and other city walking tours, for $5/person with a $50 minimum charge on a day and time of your choosing. For more information, contact Gwendolen Raley, Museum and Heritage Tourism Director, at tourism@indianalandmarks.org or at 317-636-5409.

For more information, visit www.indianalandmarks.org.

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