Hoosier history

Re-enactor Stonerock to speak
at annual historical society dinner

Presentation complete
with tall tales, history of area

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(November 2009) – During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Indiana was a wild frontier where peril was at every turn and survival was tough.

Kevin Stonerock

Photo provided

Re-enactor Kevin
Stonerock will portray
true-to-life Hoosier
pioneer Andrew
Amonett during the
annual Jefferson
County Historical
Society annual
award dinner.

Re-enactor Kevin Stonerock, as true-to-life frontiersman Andrew Amonett, will talk about frontier life in the Indiana Territory just prior to the War of 1812 during the annual award dinner of the Jefferson County Historical Society. The dinner, catered by Rolling Pin, will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Venture Out Business Center, 975 Industrial Dr., Madison. The public is welcome to attend the dinner, auction and history presentation.
A Larry Rudolech original oil painting, “Going To New Harmony,” will be auctioned. Rudolech is a well-known area artist whose paintings have been exhibited since 2001 in the premier Indiana art exhibit, Hoosier Salon. He has also been juried into the exclusive Indiana Artisan Project.
“We are excited about this year’s dinner,” said historical society Executive Director Joe Carr. “The Rudolech painting that will be auctioned is amazing, and people will really want to come see Stonerock’s presentation.”
While working for the Indiana Historical Society in 1979, Stonerock was asked to put together a history presentation for a group of teachers. “I had never done anything like this, so I was nervous but excited,” he said. “I put together a program and they seemed to like it”
Many of those teachers called and wanted him to perform in their schools. Since then, he has traveled the state performing a variety of historical characters for schools, libraries and organizations. He usually does about 140-150 presentations a year.
For the historical society presentation, Stonerock will perform his Hoosier pioneer character. The presentation, complete with tall tales, deals with various aspects of frontier life and dangers. The topics he will discuss include trapping, militia service, Indian affairs, tools, weapons and frontier clothing.
Other characters he performs include: Jacob McLinden, a fur trader in the mid 1700s; Stephen Hopkins, a Pilgrim of Plymouth who was one of the original passengers on the Mayflower; William H. Fentress, an actual Union Army soldier during the Civil War who lived in Henry County, Ind.; and steamboat captain Ebenezer Cline.
He does extensive re-search into the topics he presents, and many of his programs comply with the Indiana Aca-demic Stan-dards for Social Studies. “I absolutely love what I am doing,” he said.
Stonerock is also a professional singer-songwriter. His music is a blend of folk, roots country and rock with what have been called “straight forward, picture-evoking, accessible lyrics performed with an honesty of emotion.”

• The annual Jefferson County Historical Society annual award dinner costs $25 per person. Reservations should be made by Nov. 4. For more information, call (812) 265-2335.

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