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Lincoln Penny Story Hour

Do you know the story behind the Lincoln Penny and how it serves as an enduring symbol of freedom and diversity in our country?  The proud little penny carries a deep meaning for Americans of all ages!

The Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce a new FREE program series, the Lincoln Penny Story Hour, launching on Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2024.

The LPSH is not a fund-raiser, it’s a consciousness-raiser! For each LPSH Ruthmere will invite a member of the community to read an age-appropriate children’s book to 6-8 year olds either from a visiting school or with their families. But this is a story hour with a specific purpose. These stories will be reflections of each reader’s distinct background, and will communicate the values of diversity, unity and liberty. 

Besides the story reading, there will be a unique activity at each LPSH, and every child receives a Lincoln Penny souvenir in a keepsake jacket as a reminder of why this experience is important.

To become an LPSH Sponsor, contact Bill Firstenberger at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or at

Past LPSH Readers and Books

February 12, 2024
Reader: Regina Roberson

Regina Roberson, a Senior Coordinator of CELL's (The University of Indianapolis's) Urban College Acceleration Network (UCAN), provides coaching and support to urban high schools throughout Indiana as they develop and implement Early College programs.  Regina has spent the last twenty-six years as an educator, with time spent as an Early College Career Counselor, high school counselor, middle school counselor, and school social worker.  Before becoming an educator, Regina was a probation officer for Elkhart County. She received her BA in Criminal Justice from Indiana University in Bloomington and her MSEd in Counseling from Indiana University in South Bend. Regina passionately believes all students can become college and career-ready if provided opportunity and resources. Regina has four children and three grandchildren. She enjoys watching most sports, attending church, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. You may also see Regina around town in Elkhart with her husband Rod, the Mayor of Elkhart.

Book: I Am Enough By Grace Byers
Beardsley Elementary School, 1st Grade. 

2024 LPSH Event Dates
Readers and Books

  • June 22, 2024
    Time: 1pm
    Location: Ruthmere Gardens (Weather Permitting)
    or Ruthmere Game Room if Indoors
    :  Jake Webster

    Jake Webster, sculptor, mixed media artist, and spoken word performer. My work speaks about my community and the environment in which I live. I use the tradition of direct carving in wood and stone and apply a contemporary attitude by creating art with whatever is at hand to tell a story.

    On August 10, 2015, I was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary “Dreaming in Public”. It was aired on PBS. The documentary was produced by Grass Roots Media. The film is about making a living as artists in the midwest.

    I always begin my sculpting process by writing poetry. Poetry is the fastest way for me to get an idea from my head to paper. Now that I got the idea down on paper, the sculpting begins. As a child growing up in Mississippi before I learned to draw and paint, I would sit up and cry because so much was happening around me and nobody was recording it, so I would write it down knowing that one day I was going to learn how to MAKE ART.

    When you come to view my sculptures and to listen to my poetry there are two things you must know, “Art is never anything you want it to be” always ask questions and “beauty is never in the eye of the beholder” always ask questions.

  • Book: Freedom Over Me By Ashley Bryan
    Audience: THIS LPSH IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.  FREE admission, registration requested. 
    Note, this LPSH is supported by Indiana Humanities with a One State / One Story grant.


  • September 18, 2024
    Time: 11am
    Location: Ruthmere Game Room
    Liliana Quintero

    Liliana Quintero has served as the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition (NIHHC) since 2005. She is responsible for the supervision, management, and operation of the Elkhart and Warsaw offices. She holds a BS in electrical engineering, an MSc in industrial engineering, and an MBA from Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). A native of Bogotá, Colombia, she came to the United States to complete her MBA and chose to stay and work to empower community members to take charge of their health. Through her leadership directing NIHHC’s educational programs and health services, thousands of community members in northern Indiana have been given a “second chance” at improved health. She actively remains at the forefront of health care initiatives that respond to the unique needs of the community and regularly serves on committees addressing preventative healthcare in the region. She is a tireless advocate for the health and well-being of the Hispanic community in Northern Indiana.

     Ms. Quintero’s work has been recognized through several awards, including IUSB’s Unsung Latina Heroine Award for Northern Indiana, the American Heart Association’s Heart Hero honor, and the YWCA’s Woman of Service Award. She has served on Goshen Hospital’s board of directors since 2017 and on the Goshen Health Community Benefit Fund’s committee since 2018. In 2019, Ms. Quintero received a Key to the City of Elkhart from Mayor Timothy Neese for her undying commitment and public service to and for the children of Elkhart, with special recognition of the Healthy Hearts program, for which Ms. Quintero wrote and published the curriculum. Ms. Quintero also received the Thomas Atkins Recognition for Minority Business Leader Award in 2019 from Junior Achievement of Elkhart County and was inducted into their Business Legacy Hall of Fame. Only ten Elkhart County community members receive such awards for induction into the Business Legacy Hall of Fame each year, in honor of their leadership, outstanding professional achievement, and dedication to important civic causes.

  • Book: A Thousand White Butterflies By Jessica Betancourt-Perez and Karen Lynn Williams  
    Audience: CLOSED SESSION



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