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 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.

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.

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

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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