Become a Member Now

Open the door to history at the Tippecanoe County Historical Association! Membership is the key to helping us educate children, visitors, and the public through programs, literature, and special events and exhibits. As a member you can experience a variety of “hands-on” family programs, genealogy workshops, lecture series, travel programs, Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and much more! Your membership support is needed now more than ever as we strive to expand our offerings and preserve our community’s vital heritage.

Membership Opportunities

Basic Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission to all TCHA sites: Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Museum, Genealogy and Research Center
  • 10% discount in all TCHA Museum Stores
  • Invitation to free TCHA member only programs
  • Subscription to TCHA’s newsletter
  • Member recognition in TCHA’s newsletter
  • Advance invitation to all TCHA exhibits and events
  • Feast of the Hunters’ Moon tickets (number of tickets depends on membership level)

Individual Membership

$ 35.00

Senior Individual (Individuals at least 65 years of age)

$ 30.00

Senior Couple (Two adults at least 65 years of age)

$ 40.00

Family (Includes admission of two adults & children under 18)

$ 50.00

Donor Members

Becoming a Donor Member offers opportunities for higher levels of giving with additional gifts and benefits. Membership includes admission of two adults and children under 18.

Patron Membership
Basic Membership Benefits Plus:
Special behind the scenes tour of TCHA museum and sites with request
Recognition in TCHA’s Annual Report

$ 100.00

Sustaining Membership
Patron Membership Benefits Plus:
Invitation to the Executive Director’s annual luncheon for Sustaining Members
Two adult tickets to the annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

$ 250.00

Benefactor Membership
Sustaining Membership Benefits Plus:
Gift of special edition Tippecanoe County Courthouse snow globe

$ 500.00

Treasure Membership
Benefactor Membership Benefits Plus:
Two guest tickets to and special recognition at the annual membership meeting

$ 1,000.00

School Membership

The School Membership is available to all public and private schools and universities.

School includes Basic Membership benefits plus:

All of the School Member’s classes or groups receive a discount on programs at any of our three sites; Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, Fort Ouiatenon, Fowler House, excludes Feast School Day on the Friday before the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Business and Corporation Memberships

Your business can help support local history by becoming a member. For more information, download this PDF.



Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Opening Celebration @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Opening Celebration @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

Celebrate the opening of the Blockhouse Museum at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park with games and activities for the whole family. Step back in time to the 1700’s- era fur trading post. Encounter characters from this historic fort and learn about the current research being done to help preserve this important site.

The Blockhouse Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Woodland Native American Life @ TCHA History Center (Former Masonic Lodge)
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Woodland Native American Life @ TCHA History Center (Former Masonic Lodge)

“Their Bearing is Noble and Proud.” presentation by James F. O’Neil. It will be a look at what clothing Native Americans of the 18th Century actually wore.  The talk will be based on period quotes, slides of period paintings, engravings, and sketches, and slides of items that are in museums from around the world.  We will see that the image presented to the world is far from what the Native Americans looked like in this time period.  We will also look at the effect of the fur trade upon the appearance of Native Americans.

James F. O’Neil has a Bachelors in history and masters in education from the University of Dayton. He compiled and edited “Their Bearing is Noble and Proud Vol. I & II”, A collection of narratives regarding the appearance of Native Americans from 1740-1815.

Firearms at the Fort @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park, River Shelter
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Firearms at the Fort @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park, River Shelter

The program, entitled Firearms at the Fort will be a discussion and live – fire demonstration of historic firearms of the 18th century frontier.  The program will be led by Rick Conwell, manager of the Tippecanoe Battlefield Interpretive Center and History Store, with the support and cooperation of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

Visitors will have the chance to:

  • Examine and handle, (with supervision), several original and reproduction arms.
  • View firearms related artifacts from TCHA’s collections which were excavated at the site of Fort Ouiatenon during the 1970’s.
  • Learn how a flintlock works, both from the inside and out, and, btw, why do they call it a “lock”, anyway?
  • Learn the differences and similarities between a musket, a rifle, and a “trade gun”, and the military, social, and economic rolls each played in daily life at the fort.
  • Examine the equipment and accessories peculiar to each type of arm, along with how each is safely loaded, fired, and maintained.
  • Discuss the technological progress that led to the development of modern firearms as we know them today.
  • Find out what a ”Kentucky” rifle is, how it got the name, why the barrel is so long, and how far it will shoot.
  • Learn what we mean by “guage” and “caliber”.
  • Find out how to tell if it’s loaded, and how to safely extract a load.

The program will be held at the west picnic shelter near the boat ramp. The Ouiatenon  blockhouse will also be open, set up to resemble an early French trading post and staffed with historical interpreters in period clothing. So bring a picnic lunch, if you like, and make it an afternoon of historical fun and education. 



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