From the Dark Pages10/19/2018, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
For the second year, a special event from the Howard County Historical Society – From the Dark Pages – will combine history and macabre fantasy in the landmark setting of the Seiberling Mansion, just in time for Halloween.
Finding tricks and treats, the audience will move from room to room through the three-story 1890 house, tracking Jack the Ripper and meeting the authors of the creatures that have haunted us through books, plays and movies for at least 200 years.
The historical society is presenting the 2018 edition of the murder mystery tour on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. Five tours will be offered each evening, with start times on the hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will track Jack the Ripper and meet characters from both life and Victorian Gothic literature while exploring the workings of the criminal mind.
Again, the talented cast of volunteer actors will be directed by Elizabeth McQuiston. Auditions will be held in August. The dates and times will be announced.
“Funny, mysterious, and downright terrifying characters come to life in this unusual theatrical experience,” said event chair Dana Osburn, a member of the HCHS Board of Trustees. “Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, pursue Jack the Ripper every year, but the plot and other characters change.”
This year, guests will begin at the Elliott House, where snacks and a cash bar will be available. At the appropriate hour, author H.G. Wells will greet each group, transporting them back in time as they move from the Elliott House to the Seiberling Mansion. There, Conan Doyle and Holmes will take over as guides through the mansion where they will gather clues to a famous murder from such personages as Queen Victoria and her physician, Dr. Gull, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mary Shelley and friends, including her most famous creation – Frankenstein’s monster – will make an appearance, even more special in the 200th anniversary year of the publication of that famous novel.
While those younger than 21 are welcome, guests should consider there will be mature content. Tickets will be available after Sept. 1 at $20 for members of the Howard County Historical Society and $25 for non-members. For more information, contact the HCHS office at 765-452-4314. Memberships may be purchased at any time, including at the door. All proceeds of the event benefit the historical society.