Volunteer Opportunities

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The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Tippecanoe County residents and visitors by collecting, preserving and interpreting our unique and exciting history. To make that mission a reality, we need the help of individuals who share our passion for history and education and want to help preserve and share local history with others.

Volunteering with TCHA is a wonderful opportunity to share our community’s history with children, families and visitors from all over the world. Visitors appreciate the stories of the real people who founded and built Tippecanoe County and willingly show their appreciation. Being a volunteer also allows you a chance to learn more about the people and places of our vibrant community.

A Unique Volunteer Experience.

TCHA offers several volunteer positions, so you are sure to find a place that meets your interests and abilities. Prospective volunteers must fill out an application and attend an interview. Each volunteer position requires on-site training, but no previous experience is required. Volunteers should have good communication skills, a willingness to learn, and feel comfortable talking to groups and children. All volunteer positions require training/ orientation sessions before service begins.

All TCHA library resources are available to volunteers when arrangements are made with TCHA personnel. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer packet that includes background information for their area of service and policies of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tippecanoe Battlefield Volunteer

The Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store, located in Battle Ground, Indiana, helps to interpret the Battle of Tippecanoe and the people and ways of life that were changed by it. Volunteers at the Battlefield Museum can help us tell this story by sharing information and artifacts with museum visitors in the galleries and out on the Battlefield. Extra volunteer opportunities may also be available to help with school programs, store inventory, and special events. Volunteers undergo training and are able to pursue their own areas of interest and to develop their own educational programs under the guidance of museum staff.

History on Tour Volunteer

History on Tour is a traveling museum exhibit that brings the museum experience to schools and special events around Tippecanoe County. Volunteers can help maintain the truck and trailer, assist in exhibit installation, and conduct hands-on activities. Volunteers will need to travel with the trailer to help with exhibit and activities. Volunteers undergo training and are able to help conduct research and develop new exhibit ideas or activities for the trailer experience under the guidance of museum staff.

Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Museum Volunteer

The Blockhouse at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park tells the story of Fur Traders, both European and Native American, during the early 1700s. Volunteers wear historic clothing to help create an immersive environment for visitors. Volunteers help to maintain the Blockhouse Museum building and engage visitors in stories and activities relating to the history of Fort Ouiatenon. Volunteers undergo training and are able to pursue their own areas of interest and to develop their own educational programs under the guidance of museum staff. The Blockhouse is only open on the weekends, May through August.

Frank C. Arganbright Genealogy Center Volunteer

The Genealogy Center provides many local resources for genealogy researchers from all over the country. Volunteers at the Genealogy Center create inventories, clean and maintain the library books and shelves, and much more! Volunteers undergo training and can help develop their own projects based on interest and the needs of the library.

TCHA Collections Volunteer

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association maintains a large collection of artifacts, archives, photographs and books. Collection volunteers help to catalog, photograph, inventory, clean and maintain the collection. Volunteers undergo training and can help develop their own projects based on interest and the needs of the collection.

For more information, contact the Curator of Collections at TCHA at Curator@tippecanoehistory.org or 765-476-8411 ext. 5.

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Volunteer

Get involved with the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! It takes hundreds of volunteers to help put together the annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. For more information about volunteering for the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, contact the Feast Event Manager at Feast@tippecanoehistory.org or (765) 476-8411 ext. 3.

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jun
10
Sat
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Open @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Open @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

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.

Jun
15
Thu
Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm
Indiana Through the Mapmaker's Eye @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

The ways maps can be viewed, both as documents and as mirrors of their times, are explored in one of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) traveling exhibits, Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye. The Tippecanoe County Historical Association will host the exhibit at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum located at 200 Battleground Ave, Battle Ground, IN from June 15 to July 25, 2017.

The exhibit is drawn from IHS’s collection of about 1,700 maps and atlases of Indiana and the Midwest dating from the 16th century to the present. It examines four ways people have used maps through the years: as documentation, as tools, as political images and as art.

Some of the maps displayed in the exhibition include an 1833 tourist’s Indiana pocket map; a 1913 Sanborn Company fire insurance map for Bloomington; Thomas Kitchin’s 1747 map of French settlements in North America; an 1881 bird’s-eye view of Mount Vernon, Ind.; and a circa 1880 scale-model map of the University of Notre Dame.

Special Exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Free for TCHA members.

Jul
22
Sat
Civil War Living History Event @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Jul 23 @ 9:00 am
Civil War Living History Event @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

The Camp Tippecanoe Civil War living history event will take place the weekend of July 22 & 23 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield. More than 30 Civil War reenators will be portraying a company of the 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Tippecanoe in Lafayette in July of 1862. Reenactors will replicate camp life at Camp Tippecanoe as they muster in and learn the basics of drill and musket firings. Inside the Tippecanoe Battlefield museum, there will be special presentations on aspects of the Civil War scheduled for every other hour. 

Program Schedule:

SATURDAY – July 22

10:00 AM – Recruits march into camp and then election of officers and NCOs

11:00 AM – (Camp Kitchen): “They Marched on their Stomachs: An Intro to Civil War Food and Rationing” – D.J. Tucker, Programs Director, TCHA

12:00 Noon – Issue of weapons followed by drill and instruction of load in nine times; bring everyone together for load in nine times; then firing demonstrations/instruction

1:00 PM – (Museum Program Room): – The life of a Union Civil War soldier – Craig Hadley, Executive Director, TCHA

1:00 PM – Period food mess call for the soldiers

2:00 PM – Close order drill and manual of arms

3:00 PM (Museum Program Room):– Camp Tippecanoe – Craig Hadley, Executive Director, TCHA

4:00 PM – Bayonet Drill”

SUNDAY – July 23

10:00 AM – Inspection of troops

11:00 AM – Period Church Service

NOON – Event over

Aug
19
Sat
Ouiatenon Preserve Walking Tour @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ouiatenon Preserve Walking Tour @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

Get a rare look at the archaeological site of historic Fort Ouiatenon with a walking tour of the Ouiatenon Preserve: A Roy Whistler Foundation Project. Join archaeologists and historians to learn about the layout of the site, the archaeological work that has been done there and the plans for the site’s future as an archaeological preserve.

Located on a hidden drive near 3900 South River Road, look for signs to direct you where to enter and park.

This is an outdoor experience on unlevel ground. Please wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing. We recommend you bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray. An umbrella may also be helpful to block the sun. The walk is not far, but the location is an open field with no shade or seating.

In the event of severe weather or heavy rains, the event may be canceled. 

 

 

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