‘Voices From the Past’ Come To Life

Shelby County Community Theatre and Wakefield-Scearce Galleries host famous 18th-century teacher and her students in historic school for ‘gentleladies’

SHELBYKY – AUGUST 20, 2018 –The 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 one special evening, Saturday, Sept. 8, at Historic Science Hill. 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 antiques galleries 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.”

“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 fares, 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

For information about overnight accommodations in Shelbyville, go to

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Additional Information


Cheryl Van Stockum,, 502-633-0222

Director of the Shelby County Community Theatre,


Katie Fussenegger, CTA, CTIS, TMP,, 502-633-6388

Executive Director of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau,


Students of Science Hill School gather round their teacher.

Photo: Wakefield-Scearce Galleries

Science Hill School

Photo: Wakefield-Scearce Galleries


HI- and LOW-RES photos available.


ABOUT SHELBY COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE│With various programs designed to enhance the arts and entertainment opportunities for adults and children alike, the award-winning Shelby County Community Theatre has become the heart of Shelbyville, KY’s cultural community.


ABOUT WAKEFIELD-SCEARCE GALLERIES│Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, home to one of the largest collections of antique English furniture, antique silver and antique home decor in the United States, are located within Science Hill, the historic building that was once Science Hill School. In addition to the galleries, the building has a courtyard and the restaurant, Science Hill Inn. Today’s genteel use of the Science Hill property is a fitting monument to a place so rich with history, housing auspicious institutions of education, culture, and gracious living for nearly 200 years.


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