In the late 19th Century, New Harmony was home to a well-respected troupe of professional actors and musicians. The nucleus of the theatrical company consisted of the Golden Family: Martin Sr. and his wife Bella along with their 4 children (Martin Jr., William, Grace, and Frances). Their costumes, backdrops, and props were described as elaborate and elegant. These are the artifacts that today make up the Golden Troupe Collection that is owned by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.
The Golden Troupe is a permanent exhibition in Thrall’s Opera House, which served as their home theatre. Each year, a different aspect of the Troupe is explored. This year’s display focuses on Frances Golden, the youngest of the Golden Family who entertained troops for the YMCA during WWI.
The exhibit can be seen on Historic New Harmony’s guided walking tours from March 24th through December 30th. Tours take place at 1 pm daily from the Atheneum/Visitors Center.