Show & Tell: How the Ice Age Shaped Indiana Landscapes @ TCHA History Center
May 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
During the past ~2 million years the earth’s higher and mid-latitudes have experienced several periods of widespread glaciation, including continental-scale ice sheets.
Nearly all the current surface landscapes of northern and central Indiana reflect the direct and indirect impacts of glaciation. Ice sheets completely changed the surface drainage, blocking river valleys to create lakes, diverting river channels, and in some cases completely filling valleys with sediment. In this session we will explore the glacial geologic history of the plains, terraces, wetland basins, and soils that helped shape the ecological and human histories of our region.
Learn more about Show and Tell programs: Remember grade school Show & Tell, and how you looked forward to it all week? We all brought things from home that we thought were special or that were important to us. Recapture that school magic with TCHA’s Show & Tell programs! Bring a favorite piece from your collections, share what you know with others in the audience, and learn something new! Afterwards, sit back in your chair and engage with the presenter’s program.  
This will be a hybrid presentation, both in-person and via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on our website the day before the program. 
History of the Miami People and the Miami of Today @ The History Center
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Diane Hunter, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, will speak about the history of Miami people and about the Miami Tribe today. Her talk will include discussion of Miami connections to Fort Ouiatenon and the Miami forced removal from Indiana.

Folk Classification for French Colonial Artifacts, focusing on Kettles @ The History Center
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Archaeologists have standard classification systems for organizing, analyzing, and talking about artifacts. But what did the users, makers, or traders call the same items? How did they think of them? This talk will provide background for discovering “folk classifications” used by 18th-century French traders and military personnel for artifacts found at posts in New France, like Fort Ouiatenon, then kettles will be examined as an example.
Join Dr. Misty Jackson of Arbre Croche Cultural Resources LLC for this exciting program!
This will be a hybrid program, with a Zoom link available one day before the event.
Fête de St Jean le Baptise @ Fort Ouiatenon
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This event will showcase the material culture, life ways and skills of the French Occupation of Fort Ouiatenon circa 1740-1760. Additionally, vignettes and activities of period Midsummer Festivals will be held to showcase what colonial french people’s may have done to celebrate religious holidays in the time.
While life was often hard and unforgiving on the edges of the fledgling colonial empires in North America, people still knew how to have fun. In France, and in the New French Colony of Canada which included today’s State of Indiana and Fort Ouiatenon, feast days of the Saints in the Catholic church often were used as excuses to stop working and to have a celebration. The most famous of these midsummer celebrations for the French Colonists, traditionally celebrated with food, bonfires, and in Canada an odd twist on the Maypole ceremony, is the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux is the sponsor of this living history event. The event is free to the public.
Who is a Hoosier? @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
Jun 24 – Jul 29 all-day
Who is a Hoosier? @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Many people ask “What is a Hoosier?”—and while the term’s origins may be up for debate, a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) looks at how people with many different backgrounds have come to take pride in the nickname. From June 24 through July 29, 2022, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association will host the exhibit Who Is a Hoosier? at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, located at 200 Battleground Avenue, Battle Ground, IN.

The traveling exhibit uses maps and informational graphics to highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups over time. It shows how the comings and goings of newcomers to the state, through immigration or migration, have created the Indiana we know today—and will continue to shape its future.

In addition, photographs from various IHS collections and from institutions across the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration.  Who Is a Hoosier? is made possible by Kroger.

This exhibit is included with museum admission and free to TCHA members.