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New ‘Voices From the Past’ theatrical production Sept. 8 to bring historic Science Hill School to life


A newly created living history theatrical production, “Voices From the Past,” sponsored by Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in partnership with the Shelby County Community Theatre, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Historic Science Hill.

A photo of Science Hill School dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (Photo from Wakefield-Scearce Gallery)

A fundraiser for the theater, the event takes place in downtown Shelbyville at the building that housed the Science Hill School from 1825 through 1939. A Southern-style dinner and a stroll through the atmospheric galleries of antiques to meet figures connected to the school will bring the evening to life.

“I told Mr. Tevis the only way I’d marry him is if he’d let me open a school,” said Julia Ann Hieronymus Tevis in 1825. Julia is being voiced by Cheryl Van Stockum, director of the Shelby County Community Theatre. “The story of Science Hill School is the story of Julia, a brilliant and forward-thinking young educator who placed a high premium on the value of education.”

Students of Science Hill School enjoy some downtime between classes. (Photo from Wakefield-Scearce Galleries)

“Voices from the Past” features not only Julia but colorful students, faculty and staff – some based on historical figures and some composites of people who may have lived during Science Hill’s school years – in full costume and character and stationed in what was the former dormitory rooms of the building.

Today, Julia’s former school – at one point among America’s preeminent girls’ preparatory institutions – educates the palate. Home to Science Hill Inn, the restaurant is famous for its traditional Bluegrass fare, such as the Kentucky Hot Brown, deviled crab, fried chicken and Kentucky country ham. The former school is also home to Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, well-known for imported antiques and silver.

Tickets for “Voices from the Past,” which include the production and dinner, are $35 per person and may be purchased through the theater’s website at www.ShelbyTheatre.org.

From ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitors Bureau


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