May
26
Thu
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.

Jun
1
Wed
The Search for Fort Ouiatenon @ The History Center
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The program will examine the several 18th Century eyewitness accounts regarding the fort’s location, review the 19th Century efforts to locate the fort by interested individuals, and detail a chronology of events in the 20th Century that led to the eventual determination of the fort’s footprint in Summer of 1968.  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.

Jun
4
Sat
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.