We welcome back, David Connon, an Iowa Humanities speaker on Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m. His program will feature Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, the founder of the city of Grinnell Iowa and Grinnell College, he was also an abolitionist. It is a story of racism, noble actions, and will highlight abolitionist John Brown’s visit to Grinnell and Grinnell’s first riot over the presence of fugitive slaves in the public schools. The program will be in the Big Red Barn on the premises. The program is presented free of charge however, if you wish to tour the Hitchcock House, the fee is $5 for 9th grade students through adult. Free refreshments will be available.
The next concert on the lawn will feature the Schmidt Sisters from Griswold, Iowa. They have been singing and performing together since they were young girls. Both play several instruments and are currently music teachers. They will perform Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. A meal of maid rites and pulled pork, a drink and cookie/bar will be available after the concert for a free-will donation. If raining, the concert will be held in the Big Red Barn located on the premises. The concert is free, however the Hitchcock House will be open for tours afterwards. The tour fee is $5 for ninth grade students through adult. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for an enjoyable outdoor concert.
The performance on the lawn at 2 p.m., June 9, will be Witness, a women’s quartet from Council Bluffs. The ladies are former teachers and have been singing together since 1999. Their repertoire of secular music consists of selections ranging from the 1930s through the decades. They also provide a variety of songs including contemporary, Christian Gospel and patriotic. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a fun, relaxing outdoor concert. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Big Red Barn on the premises. The event is free, however the Hitchcock House will be open for tours after the concert. Admission for a tour is $5 for 9th grade students through adult.