History on Tour

History On Tour

Bring the Museum to You!


Brought to you by The Tippecanoe County Historical Association

What is History on Tour?

The History on Tour program is a traveling exhibit that brings the museum to you! The mission of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association is to enrich the lives of Tippecanoe County residents and visitors by collecting, preserving and interpreting our unique and exciting history.  

The History on Tour program is designed to generate interest and knowledge of local history and to build a broader and deeper county-wide audience for arts and culture of all kinds.

An exhibit in the History on Tour trailer includes real artifacts, documents and images from the permanent collection of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and relates specifically to Indiana and Tippecanoe County history.

What are the space requirements for the trailer?

The History on Tour trailer must be located on a level, hard surface or parking lot. The trailer requires an additional 7 feet for the folding access ramp at the rear of the trailer (total length is 44 feet, including truck). The trailer is 9ft tall and provides its own electricity via a generator. It is wheel chair accessible. The trailer can accommodate 10 to 15 people at one time. The exhibit experience includes a pop-up tent that can be set up directly next to the trailer to shelter a hands-on activity lead by a TCHA Educator.

The trailer is parked outdoors and does not include heat or air conditioning.

What Exhibits are available in History on Tour?

Now showing in History on Tour:

Tippecanoe Tales: Discovery, Settlement and Growth

This exhibit features Tippecanoe County’s greatest hits! Visitors can explore some of the special features of Tippecanoe County, important historic sites and famous faces. This exhibit provides a quick overview of local history and can be tailored to compliment your special event. Exhibit experience includes a staff or volunteer educator from TCHA to lead hands-on activities in a pop-up tent next to the trailer.

How Can I reserve the Exhibit for a visit to my school or special event?

Reservations for History on Tour should be made at least 2 months in advance.

The exhibit requires 1 hour of set-up before it can be open to visitors and 1 hour of take-down time after the visitation time is over. Minimum exhibit time is 3 hours and maximum exhibit time is 7 hours.

For Schools:

Trailer will arrive at your school at 8:30 am and be ready for student visitors at 9:30am. Trailer must close for take-down at 2:00 pm. This allows 4 ½ hours for student visitors. The exhibit can accommodate about 300 students during the day’s visit.

Cost for a full day school visit (total of 4.5 hours and 300 student visitors) is $500.00.

For Special Public Events:

Trailer must be at the site a minimum of 5 hours (including set-up and take-down time) for a minimum visitation time of 3 hours. Cost to reserve the trailer for an event is $300.00 minimum and $100.00 for each additional hour of visitation time.

All proceeds go to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, a non-profit corporation, in support of this and other public history programs.

Payment is due on or before the date of the History on Tour trailer visit, invoices are available upon request.

If you would like to request the History on Tour trailer visit your school or community event, contact:

Program and Membership Coordinator

765-476-8411 ext. 4




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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