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
3
Sat
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.

Jun
10
Sat
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.

Jul
1
Sat
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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