Public Programs

Public Programs

The more you connect with Tippecanoe County history, the more it comes to life.

Stay connected, you don’t want to miss out! TCHA offers unique opportunities to engage with the past, whether you prefer lectures, tours, informal meet and greets, or interactive demonstrations, we’ll have something for you. So jump in – ask questions, offer opinions, listen, learn, and tour. We are constantly working to make the past enjoyable and accessible for you, so check out our programming calendar for the program that’s right for you.

CLICK HERE to download the 2022 Program Guide.

May
21
Sat
Greenbush Cemetery Tour @ Greenbush Cemetery
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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

May
24
Tue
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. 
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
2
Thu
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.
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.
 
Jun
6
Mon
Public Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph: Some Dos and Don’ts @ The History Center
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The discovery, investigation, and interpretation of Fort St. Joseph since 1998 has depended on collaboration with community groups at the local, state, and regional levels. In this presentation, Prof. Michael S. Nassaney, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Western Michigan University and Principal Investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, discusses the benefits and challenges of public archaeology and suggests some strategies for creating sustainable partnerships. The goal is to highlight best practices that may be applicable to other archaeological projects, including future work at Fort Ouiatenon.

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. 

7/27/08 The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project held an open house at the site of the excavation site. Photo by John Lacko
Oct
1
Sat
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon 2022 @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association of Lafayette, Indiana, in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Park and Recreation Department, will be sponsoring the 55th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival on October 1 & 2. Hours are Saturday 9am to 5pm E.D.T. and Sunday 9am to 4pm E.D.T. The “Feast” is held annually along the banks of the Wabash River. Considered by many to be the “must see” event of the year, the Feast represents the time of homecoming, feasting, dancing and celebrating from the earliest days of historic Fort Ouiatenon (1717-1791), the first fortified European settlement in Indiana.
Over 40 different recreated period foods will put the “feast” in the Feast! Food booths are run by area non-profit organizations as fundraisers for their worthy community projects. Different arenas and stages plus numerous locations on the 30 acres of festival grounds feature outstanding performances by musicians, interpreters, military re-enactors and Native American groups.

Advance ticket information will be posted several months before the event. 

Oct
2
Sun
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon 2022 @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association of Lafayette, Indiana, in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Park and Recreation Department, will be sponsoring the 55th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival on October 1 & 2. Hours are Saturday 9am to 5pm E.D.T. and Sunday 9am to 4pm E.D.T. The “Feast” is held annually along the banks of the Wabash River. Considered by many to be the “must see” event of the year, the Feast represents the time of homecoming, feasting, dancing and celebrating from the earliest days of historic Fort Ouiatenon (1717-1791), the first fortified European settlement in Indiana.
Over 40 different recreated period foods will put the “feast” in the Feast! Food booths are run by area non-profit organizations as fundraisers for their worthy community projects. Different arenas and stages plus numerous locations on the 30 acres of festival grounds feature outstanding performances by musicians, interpreters, military re-enactors and Native American groups.

Advance ticket information will be posted several months before the event.