Mayor Chuck Fewell
The Reading with Riley Statue will be a permanent reminder of Indiana's Bicentennial. A bronze likeness of Riley will be seated on a bench in front of the Riley Boyhood Home in Greenfield. Visitors will be able to sit next to the poet, and take a photo or two.
By making a donation you will help secure a piece of artwork that will be a permanent remembrance and *signature piece* of Indiana's Bicentennial year.
One hundred years ago, on July 22, 1916, the entire country was stunned to learn the passing of the great Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley.
One hundred years later, Riley's hometown of Greenfield – "Remembers Riley" and marks his passing. The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home will be draped in black to honor Riley's memory. On this day, we "Remember Riley" - you may begin tours of the home during normal business hours from 11am to 4pm. (last tour begins at 3pm), and the first 50 visitors will receive a commemorative print of Riley's poem, "Away." Regular admission fees will apply. However, you may visit the Riley Museum (the yellow house next to the Riley Boyhood Home) free of charge. Inside there will be a special display of items and pictures from Riley's funeral from 100 years ago, and you may sign the official "Remembering Riley Memorial Book" with memories of your favorite Riley poem or Riley story.
Date: Friday, July 22, 2016 11am - 4pmLocation: James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home250 West Main Street Greenfield
Join us as we remember the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, on the 100th Anniversary of his death - July 22, 1916. Greenfield Mayor, Chuck Fewell, will be laying a wreath at the base of the Riley statue and issuing a proclamation for the day. Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagoner will be on hand to read the Riley poem, "Away."
Date: Friday July 22, 2016 9amLocation: Riley Statue Hancock County Courthouse9 East Main Street Greenfield
Hours of Operation:Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
James Whitcomb Riley
Zumba, April 2011