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Pair brings Sallie Independence Foster to life

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Storyteller Delores Hydock and internationally known musician Bobby Horton will bring to Crawfordsville the fascinating story of a young woman who lived through the Civil War. This program at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 is being presented in partnership with the Vanity Theater and will take place at the Vanity, 122 S. Washington St.

Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama, in 1861 when the War Between the States began. This bright, articulate girl kept a diary at the time, and she kept that diary for another 26 years.

Her journals give a funny, touching and uniquely personal look at a world of innocence colliding with the reality of war. When the war ended, Sallie — like thousands of others — had to create a new life in a radically changed world.

Using the archived materials of Sallie’s journals, letters and historical photographs, Hydock vividly blends the modern experience of discovering and exploring this 150-year-old treasure with Sallie’s experience of navigating a world turned upside-down. Hydock is an actress, writer and storyteller. Her story concerts and original one-woman plays have been featured at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and at conferences, concerts and special events throughout the United States.

Horton adds original tunes and music of the period — camp songs, popular songs and wartime ballads — to bring a musical heartbeat to the story. Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music historian. He has produced and performed music scores for 16 PBS films by Ken Burns, including The Civil War and Baseball, and 21 films for The National Park Service.

This program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Contact Larry Paarlberg at 765-362-5769 or study@ben-hur.com for more information about the program. This lecture is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a grant from the Montgomery County Community Foundation.

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