Feb
7
Tue
Show & Tell: Poison food and snake oil: Harvey Wiley’s crusade @ The History Center
Feb 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Presented by Pete Bill. 

After being passed over for consideration as Purdue University’s president for being “too young and too jovial”, Harvey Wiley went to Washington to be the Chief Chemist of the US Dept of Agriculture. From this seemingly obscure, back-room laboratory position, Wiley’s meandering career path took him into the center of the debate over the lack of control over food additives and the misrepresentation of quackery medications as legitimate healing products. Today Wiley is considered the father of the “Pure Food and Drugs Act”, an act of congress that today ensures that the food you eat is safe, and what you take as medicine today is far more likely to help than hurt you. Come hear the tales of this “unorthodox” scientist with the quirky personality, and his Poison Squad. This event is sponsored by the National Group.

Learn more about Show & 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.

 

Topic: Show & Tell: Poison food and snake oil: Harvey Wiley’s crusade

Time: Feb 7, 2023 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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Feb
13
Mon
School of the Artifact: Gun Parts @ The History Center
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Excavations at Fort Ouiatenon (circa 1717-1791) have revealed a very large amount of gun parts. Come find out what different types of guns Ouiatenon’s habitants had, how were they built, and what types of parts have been found? Original artifacts from Ouiatenon related to period guns will be on exhibit at this program.
Presented by Leslie and Rick Conwell. This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
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Time: Feb 13, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Apr
4
Tue
Show & Tell: Helen Gougar: Legal, Journalistic, and Influential Advocate for Women at the turn of the 20th Century @ The History Center
Apr 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Presented by Pete Bill. 

If there was a political issue of the day in the 1890’s Helen Gougar was probably somewhere near the center of the fight. Whether it be as an activist for Women’s Suffrage or the Temperance and Prohibition movement, or as an advocate for laws to protect victims of domestic violence, Helen led a life long battle for what she viewed as fundamental “human rights” that belonged to women. Her roles took her from the smoky writing rooms of newspapers to the Indiana Supreme Court. Come hear the hard-fought tales about how Lafayette native, Helen Gougar, helped lift up the roles of women in society and changed the way women were viewed.

Learn more about Show & 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.

Apr
10
Mon
School of the Artifact: Jewelry @ The History Center
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A tremendous amount of artifacts relating to personal adornment have been found during the excavations at Fort Ouiatenon (circa 1717-1791). What did the French and Native inhabitants and visitors wear as jewelry? What type of metal and stones were used on some of these pieces? Was the jewelry all received in trade, or was some manufactured onsite? Come view some of the beautiful jewelry pieces found in the excavations!
Presented by Leslie and Rick Conwell.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
Apr
17
Mon
Historic Home Research @ The History Center
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by Ben Ross Of RATIO Architects, Inc.

Are you interested in learning more about historic homes in Tippecanoe County, their architecture, or how to restore a historic home? Benjamin L. Ross is a historic preservation specialist and architectural historian with RATIO Architects, Inc. Ben’s experience includes scholarly research, planning, design, and implementation for restoration, revitalization, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects involving nonprofit, public, and private developer clients as well as public-private partnerships.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
May
20
Sat
Greenbush Cemetery Tour @ Greenbush Cemetery
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn a little of the history of this final resting place of some 10,000 souls. Incorporated in 1848 by 23 prominent citizens, Greenbush was Lafayette’s second public cemetery, and its purpose was to provide the public with affordable burial plots. We’ll visit some graves of old settlers, well-known citizens, and unknown civil war soldiers. 

NOTE: if it is raining, we will hold the program at the Frank G. Arganbright Genealogy Center, 1001 South, Lafayette, IN

 

Jun
8
Thu
Stories Buildings Tell @ The History Center
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by Tommy Kleckner, Director of the Western Regional Office at Indiana Landmarks.

Learn how details in buildings can reveal the past and tell stories of the people who occupied them. We guarantee you’ll never look at old buildings the same way again. Tippecanoe County buildings will be featured.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
Jun
12
Mon
School of the Artifact: Weird Whatzits @ The History Center
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

During excavations at Fort Ouiatenon (1717-1791) archaeologists occasionally found objects that were unusual or unexpected. Some have not been able to be identified as to what their purpose was! Come put your history knowledge to the test to see if YOU can help identify some of these “Weird Whatzits!”
Presented by Leslie and Rick Conwell.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.
Jul
7
Fri
Show & Tell: The Dapper Man About Town: George Ade @ The History Center
Jul 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Presented by Pete Bill. 

John T. McCutcheon once described George Ade as someone “who would always stand out in a room”. From his earliest days as a student at Purdue and Sigma Chi fraternity, to his flop-house days in Chicago as a cub reporter, to his later career as a writer, poet, and playwright, George Ade always stood out mostly by being “just a little different” … or, perhaps, “just a little odd”. Come hear some of the tales and adventures of “The Aesop of Indiana” as he traveled through life from Purdue to Chicago to his eventual Hazelden estate in nearby Brook, Indiana.

Learn more about Show & 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.

Jul
13
Thu
J.C. Allen: Farm life in the 20th Century Through Photos @ The History Center
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by Fred Whitford

Who among us has not spent hours studying photographs of family and friends? Images transport us to another time, another place, another state of being. Photographs of young children playing in the yard, cradling yellow chicks, or starting school air something deep within us. John Calvin Allen captured a rich collection of photographs depicting farm life during much of the twentieth century in Indiana. Allen consistently focused his lens upon farms and rural communities, resulting in a rare glimpse of agriculture and rural life at that time. Enjoy reliving the early days of agriculture from the transition from pioneer practices to scientific methodologies.
 
This event is graciously sponsored by the National Group.