The Golden Troupe collection is now available online for all to enjoy and research. This collection is a definite must-see for anyone who loves theatrical costumes and props. The collection contains over 664 objects that range from quite elaborate complete costumes to many wigs, shoes, hats and musical instruments.
The troupe was based out of New Harmony, Indiana, and toured the Midwest, Southwest and South between 1875 and 1891. This theatrical company was consisted mainly of members of the Golden family including Martin Sr., Bella and their children (Martin Jr., William, Grace and Frances). Local citizens from the New Harmony area also played supporting roles as well in many of the troupe’s productions. Their costumes, backgrounds and props were described as elaborate and elegant. These are the objects that today make up the Golden Troupe collection that is now being housed at the Indiana State Museum.
This past summer, two interns and one part time museum employee cataloged and photographed the entire Golden Troupe collection of artifacts. All of the objects were completely described and their conditions reported in the museum’s database system. Then, each object was photographed, most on mannequins, and those images were linked to the database records. All of the data collected into the museum’s database is now available online using the keyword search “Golden Troupe.”