Riley Home Events

Event Calendar

 
Our 2020 Calendar of Events is coming right along. To see what we have in store for 2020 already, please download our event schedule here!
 

 

Upcoming events

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 Melchoir Marionettes.  

March 28th 1:00 to 2:00 PM 
 
Regstration, and more information, can be found on the Parks and Recreation Online Registration page.The next event will be a performance and a workshop by the Melchoir Marionettes.
 
 Melchoir Marionettes has been postponed. Watch here to see when they will return!
 
 
 
 

 An afternoon with Riley – Growing up on the National Road

April 18th 4:00 to 6:00 PM
 
 james whitcomb riley chadwick smJoin us as we share stories of the Indiana National Road and James Whitcomb Riley through a fun and interactive event at the Riley Boyhood Home and Museum on the Historic National Road. This event will highlight the importance of the National Road’s influence on Indiana growth and development, and specifically, how growing up on the National Road helped to shape Riley’s experiences for the many marvelous stories of his youth, as told through poetry.
Regstration, and more information, can be found on the Parks and Recreation Online Registration page.
 
 
 An afternoon with Riley has been postponed. Watch here to see when he will return!
 
 
 

 Who is a Hoosier

May 4th through June 3rd
 
we do history smThe traveling exhibit uses maps and informational graphics to highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups over time. It shows how the comings and goings of newcomers to the state, through immigration or migration, have created the Indiana we know today—and will continue to shape its future.
 
In addition, photographs from various IHS collections and from institutions across the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration. Who Is a Hoosier? is made possible by Kroger.
 
Regstration: This is an ongoing exhibition and will be available from May 4th through June 3rd in the Museum.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 The Golden Age: Indiana Literature, 1880-1920

June 3rd through July 9th
 
 we do history smDrawn from collections belonging to IHS, the Indiana State Library and Indiana University's Lilly Library, the exhibit explores what came to be known as the "Golden Age of Indiana Literature," a time period in which Hoosier authors achieved both national prominence and popular acclaim.
 
The exhibit examines some of the many writers who contributed to the state's literary golden age, but concentrates on the lives and careers of four individuals who loomed large during this period—George Ade (humor), Meredith Nicholson (realism), Booth Tarkington (realism) and James Whitcomb Riley (poetry).
 
Regstration: This is an ongoing exhibition and will be available from June 3rd through July 9th in the Museum.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Pixy/Goblin Tea Party

June 28 2020
 
 tea party 3The JW Riley Boyhood Home and Museum is excited to carry on this tradition which was started by Ballet East Dance Academy. In keeping with tradition the Tea Party will be served on real china, light snacks will be served, and of course tea! We have added a little Riley twist by encouraging the goblins as well, so bring the whole family. We will have poetry reading and special pixy guests who will teach us Pixy Etiquette and be available for pictures.
 
This event is a fundraiser for the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum and all proceeds will go toward future programming of our new facility, Lizabuth Ann’s Kitchen.
 
Ticket prices are $20/Adult and $10/Child Regstration, and more information, can be found on the Parks and Recreation Online Registration page.
 
Did you know that Greenfield has a Pixy/Goblin Door Scavenger Hunt and is a part of the Central Indiana Fairy Trail? The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum is the “Official Fairy Stop”. Find our goblin door and then check out all the local merchants who have the other 16 doors in various places around our downtown.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Faces of the Civil War

July 9th through August 6th
 
 we do history smThe exhibit brings to life the stories of many Hoosiers whose lives were touched, and in some cases taken, by the Civil War. Not all are well known or revered—many were just everyday citizens fulfilling their duties to their friends, family, state and country. Rather than focusing on statistics and large scale battles, the exhibit illustrates how regular people coped with the tragic experiences of the day—all from an Indiana perspective.
 
Faces of the Civil War was originally conceived as an exhibition for the Indiana Bicentennial Train, which will reside at the Indiana State Fairgrounds until 2019. Nearly all images used in the traveling exhibit come from the IHS collections. Hands-on, interactive elements have been added to enhance the viewer experience.
 
Regstration: This is an ongoing exhibition and will be available from July 9th through August 6th in Lizabuth Ann's Kitchen.
 
 
 

Contact the J. W. Riley Boyhood Home and Museum

Address: 250 West Main Street
Greenfield, Indiana 46140
Telephone: 317-462-8539