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Mary Ingalls

“Mary Ingalls – Her Journey”world premiere Pageant is coming to the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Iowa at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, 2014. This production has received the endorsement of the Ingalls Wilder Heritage Trust. Seating in the auditorium at the school will be by general admission and the cost of attendance at each performance is $10. Make plans to get your tickets now. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an historic event, held at an historic site.

Nancy Beckman is rehearsing with Act 1 players for a one-hour play followed by a 30 minute organ presentation on the the 1902 MD Moller Opus 6022 pipe organ in the IBSSS auditorium.

The story

Follow Mary’s journey from young girl full of dreams to a blind adolescent who believed those dreams were lost. Learn with her about the school in Iowa that would allow her to continue her education but at a cost nearly impossible for a family struggling for daily survival. Experience her life from the day she arrives at the Iowa College for the Blind through graduation and beyond

You will walk the same halls Mary walked for 8 years in the building where she lived and attended classes, and listen to the bell at the top of Old Main that rang for her graduation and every graduation since 1877. There will be displays of historic photos, tools used in the education and daily life of the blind, and copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books in print and Braille.

A major roofing and repair of Old Main made necessary by the 2011 wind storm is just coming to an end so the grounds are not as tidy and well manicured as usual, but you will still see the majesty of the campus as you stroll over the grounds or join an organized tour.

So make plans to join us. Information on overnight accommodations and restaurants is available upon request.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.act1.orgor by calling 319-214-0096.

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Should be a terrific event. It is a great way to celebrate some of our town's heritage. thanks for all of the hours of hard work that have gone into planning for this occasion. I believe it will become a signature event for Vinton and will attract lots of visitors.
By: Don Eells on June 19th 9:05pm

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