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

Sep
30
Sat
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. Further details can be found on this web site beginning March 1st.

We hope to see you there!

feastofthehuntersmoon.org

Oct
1
Sun
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. Further details can be found on this web site beginning March 1st.

We hope to see you there!

feastofthehuntersmoon.org

Oct
13
Fri
13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference @ Purdue University Stewart Center
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day
13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference @ Purdue University Stewart Center

13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference
West Lafayette, Indiana, October 13th-15th, 2017  

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) and Purdue University (Anthropology, History, Language and Culture) will host MHAC 13 October 13th-15th, 2017 on the campus of Purdue University. The MHAC will be held in conjunction with a symposium marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon and the 50th anniversary of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.

The year 2017 marks both the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon, a French fur trade post on the bank of the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County, and the 50th anniversary of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, one of the largest annual re-enactments of the 18th century fur trade in the United States. The TCHA has recently acquired several acres of land surrounding the fort site in anticipation of creating an archaeological park. The timing of these milestone anniversaries and creation of the Ouiatenon preserve provides an excellent opportunity for reflecting on the ways in which archaeology and material culture can be used to educate the public about history, both the day-to-day experiences of people in the past and events of regional, national, or international significance.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU) Union Club Hotel. The PMU hotel is on campus and a very short walk to the conference in Stewart Center (STEW) and evening reception in PMU on Saturday. The discounted group conference rate ranges from $99 to $125 a night depending on the room. Other hotels are located nearby at the Wabash Landing in West Lafayette or across the Wabash River in downtown Lafayette, both of which are a short drive or bus ride to campus. Public parking is available in the Grant Street parking garage across Grant St. from the PMU and Union Club Hotel.  To make a room reservation, please call 800-320-6291 and ask for the MMHAC room block.

Nov
11
Sat
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

Join us to commemorate the Battle of Tippecanoe with special programs and opportunities that honor veterans from all American conflicts.

Check back later for more details!

 

 

 

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