About Willard Library Heritage Days Festival

Founded in 1876, Willard Library is a beautiful and unique repository of Evansville’s history that instills a sense of wonder for learning in young and old. Who was Willard Carpenter? What compelled him to open his library to all? What mysteries may be discovered behind the library's walls? Who is the elusive ghost gliding among the shelves? Come see the premiere of Mat Smart's, "A Public Hearing on the very SOUL & NATURE of the eccentric WILLARD CARPENTER (with MUD PIT and other sideshows)" for answers to those questions! Catch amazing sights and sounds with appearances from aerialists, stilt walkers, jugglers, musical performers, and reenactors of Evansville’s most prominent native sons and daughters. All of these spectacles are FREE for our patrons and the public. Mark your calendars for the Heritage Days Festival on June 21st & 22nd, brought to you by Willard Library and Honorary Chair Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. Seatings for the play are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. While you’re there, choose from a selection of food trucks or bring your lawn chairs and blankets to picnic in the park with performers and playwrights. Come enjoy this Victorian-era street fair where history will come to life!