Heritage Days Festival

Event Date

June 21, 6:30pm - June 22, 9:00pm

Event Details

Founded in 1876, Willard Library is a beautiful icon of the Victorian Era that is a fixture of Evansville’s landscape. The Library is a unique repository of Evansville’s history and culture that instills a sense of wonder for learning in young and old.

Who was Willard Carpenter? What compelled him to open his library to all regardless of race or creed? What treasures and mysteries may be discovered in this regal testament to his legacy? Who is the elusive ghost gliding among the shelves?

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On Friday, June 21st at 6:30pm, come see the world premiere of Mat Smart’s hour-long play, A Public Hearing on the very SOUL & NATURE of the eccentric WILLARD CARPENTER (with MUD PIT and other sideshows) A Play by Mat Smart, directed by Toni Schaperjohn, for answers to those questions!

On Saturday, June 22nd at 1pm & 6:30pm see performances of A Public Hearing on the very SOUL & NATURE of the eccentric WILLARD CARPENTER (with MUD PIT and other sideshows) A Play by Mat Smart.

And what sideshows await! Catch amazing sights and sounds with appearances from aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers, and musical performers. Listen to the Victorian Era come alive through stories from re-enactors of Evansville’s most prominent native sons and daughters: Albion Fellows Bacon, Benjamin Bosse, C.B. Enlow, Annie Fellows Johnston, Karl Kae Knecht, Daniel Lyles, Robert Orr, and John Augustus Reitz.

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Schedule of Events

All of these spectacles are FREE for our patrons and the public. Free parking available at Berry Global.

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Mark your calendars for the Heritage Days Festival on June 21st & 22nd, brought to you by Willard Library and Honorary Chair Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. Seatings for the play are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 21st and 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. on Saturday the 22nd. While you’re there, choose from a selection of food trucks and bring your lawn chairs and blankets to picnic in the park with performers and playwrights. Enjoy this Victorian-era street fair where history will be revealed and revisited in a day of amazement and fun for all!

Event Location

Willard Library Park

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