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September 21, 2013

Scribner descendants to serve as parade grand marshals

13 are scheduled to participate in parade

NEW ALBANY — Sherry Scribner Brown is returning to the city her great-great-great-great grandfather Joel helped put on the map 200 years ago.

Brown, along with 12 other Scribner descendants, will serve as grand marshals for the annual Harvest Homecoming parade Oct. 5.

New Albany was founded in July 1813 by three brothers from Albany, N.Y. — Joel, Abner and Nathaniel Scribner, so what better way to celebrate the city’s bicentennial and the kick-off of one of the region’s largest festivals than by having their descendants participate in the parade.

“I think it’s pretty fantastic that we have so many members of the Scribner family coming back to New Albany to celebrate Harvest Homecoming,” said festival President Micah Arnold. “It started out as one or two, but has grown to 13. I think it’s real exciting.”

Brown said she grew up in New Albany but moved away in 1973. She said she returns a couple times each year but now calls Delaware, Ohio, home.

Brown said she was contacted by her good friend and longtime Harvest Homecoming Vice President Polly Niemeier about coming back to serve as grand marshal of the parade. She said she is looking forward to it.

“Polly and I went to school together and she called me about three or four months ago and asked if I would be the grand marshal,” Brown said. “At first, there was just going to be a couple of us, but now several will be here. Several of my cousins I haven’t seen in 45 or 50 years.”

Niemeier said Harvest Homecoming wanted to partner with the Bicentennial Committee to help celebrate the city’s milestone. She said she thought about Brown immediately and called her about participating. The Scribner family members will all be on the same float, which will be decorated by a replica of the Scribner House courtesy of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Brown said she learned about her heritage as a child. She said she also returned to New Albany for the 150th and 175th anniversaries.

“I was aware of it but not a whole lot. I knew they came from New York and go back to the Revolution [period],” she said. “Growing up, it makes you feel special in many ways, like you are part of history.”

Niemeier said she also knew about the Scribner history while growing up with Brown.

“I knew she was New Albany royalty back then,” she said with a laugh.

While in New Albany, Brown will tour the Scribner House and make a trip to Fairview Cemetery to visit the graves of the Scribner brothers. She said she also plans to meet up with cousins on her mother’s side of the family.

“They grew up in Louisville and I only saw them on special occasions,” she said.



• The Harvest Homecoming parade will leave New Albany High School at noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Visit for more information.

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