Come join us for a repeat showing of our film
“To Make a Beginning”

Friday, October 22, 2021, 7 pm

History Center, Jefferson County Historical Society

615W 1st St, Madison, IN

Historical Introduction: Special pre-screening presentation by Sara and Matthew Vosmeier, historians from Hanover College.

Remarks and Introduction: Steve Abolt, Director

Free of charge, reservation required.
Reservations held until 6:45 pm.

This special event is made possible through a generous grant from

Indiana Humanities

Last year’s premiere had to be postponed due to COVID and our scheduled repeat showing in August was also postponed.
Now we are back and excited to share our work with you!

In case you have forgotten, “To Make a Beginning” is the story of Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, the first owners of the Venoge Cottage.

From the promise of a prosperous new life to the realities of crop failures, sickness, death and frontier violence we follow Jacob, Charlotte, their family and others as they create and shape the new State of Indiana. Jacob prophetically wrote in one letter: “It's hard to make a beginning for one who comes to a new place with empty hands.”

“To Make a Beginning” is a film of choices freely made, and the reality of consequences accepted. This is the recounting of forgotten lives and individuals whose names you never knew. Their actions helped shape who you are today. It is the quintessential American Story. Filmed on location in Switzerland County, Indiana.