PROP DAY: 3rd Wednesday Every Month

PROP DAY: Program Information

Gari Williams, actor, director & playwright on Janet Flanner

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Gari WilliamsThe February 15th noontime Prop Day Program brings us Gari L. Williams, who is pleased to be returning to the Propylaeum after playing suffragist Amanda Way during the Suffrage Celebration here in 2010.

Gari will bring to life Janet Flanner (pseudonym Genet) who was born and spent her childhood in Indianapolis. Flanner attended the University of Chicago before deciding that academic life was not for her. Briefly married she moved to New York City, divorced and eventually settled in Paris. She sent bi-monthly letters to The New Yorker for fifty years and introduced American readers to Picasso, Hemingway, the French Existentialists, Isadora Duncan and many other famous names. She posted a series about Adolph Hitler and covered the Stravinsky scandal. Her letters became a book. During and after World War II, she also broadcast regularly on the NBC Blue network, reporting on the war and its aftermath. She was a guest on a memorable Dick Cavett episode where Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal verbally sparred. Through all of her experiences, Janet Flanner kept her Hoosier optimism and joie de vivre.

Gari is an actress, director and playwright, who has performed and directed at Indy Fringe, Theatre on the Square, the Phoenix Theatre, and the Edyvean Repertory Theatre. She has a B.S. and M. A. From Ball State University and taught English Speech and Theatre for 37 years on the high school and college level in Indiana, Florida and California.

Tales from the Indiana Medical History Museum with IMHM Executive Director, Sarah M. Halter

Wednesday, March 10, 2017


sarah-headshot-novemberThe March Prop Day program will feature Sarah M. Halter, executive director of the Indiana Medical History Museum. She plans to share  tales and tidbits from the museum located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital grounds on Indianapolis’ Westside.

Halter earned a B.A. in anthropology and philosophy from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2005 and an M.A. in museum studies, also from IUPUI, in 2008. She has worked in collections management at the Indiana State Museum and was director of public programs at the Indiana Medical History Museum before being promoted in 2014.  Halter also is vice president of the League of Women Voters of Indianapolis, secretary of the Southern Association for the History of Science and Medicine and immediate past president of the Hoosier Chapter of the Victorian Society in America.  She serves on the board of directors of the Association of Indiana Museums and Youth Enhancement & Training Initiative, whose primary mission is to fully fund an orphanage in Nepal that it established in 2005.

The noon luncheon plus program is $25 for Propylaeum Historic Foundation members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by Monday, March 8, 2017. Please call  317.638.7881 or e-mail


Dr. Jim Dalton, President & CEO of Damar Services

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Prop Day will feature speaker Dr. Jim Dalton, President and CEO of Damar Services. Founded 50 years ago, in March, Damar combines the names of David and Martha Farkas, the beloved children of Theodore and Beverly Farkas. The Farkas’ faced the daunting task of finding the help Damar  propylaeum PROP Dayneeded for the developmental disabilities of their children. They explored the needs of others and developed Damar Homes (now Damar Services) which has offered programs to serve those facing autism, mental and learning challenges ever since. Join us for this informative luncheon program to hear Dr. Dalton’s story of enriching lives across Marion County.

The luncheon starting at noon and followed by this special program. The cost to attend both the luncheon and program is $25 for Propylaeum Historic Foundation members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required at 317.638.7881 or e-mail by Friday, April 14, 2017.


Forty & Eight with Correspondent Patrick J. Mobley

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


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The Wednesday, May 17, 2017, our Prop Day Program will feature Correspondent National Patrick Mobley of the Forty and Eight National Headquarters which serves veterans and their communities. Forty and Eight is an honor society of American veterans created in 1920 after WWI and named La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (translated The Society of 40 men and 8 horses). Its 27,000 members are American veterans, honorably discharged and nominated by 825 posts or locations to join as members or Voyageurs. During WWII they served in both military and civil defense roles, participated in blood drives, visited hospitals and recruited for the armed forces. The Society aided in 9-11 recovery by transporting nearly 215 tons of relief goods to New York City and Washington, DC. Women veterans have been admitted to Forty and Eight since 2006.

Chief Petty Officer Mobley spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, serving ship board and during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in the Persian Gulf. He has earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia and the Navy Commendation Medal. Join us to hear about Office Mobley’s service and the work of Forty and Eight at this Memorial Day Month program.

The luncheon starting at noon and followed by this special program is $25 for Propylaeum Historic Foundation members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required at 317.638.7881 or e-mail by May 12, 2017.