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




A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion

A benefit to aid and support the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and its core mission to educate the public while preserving and interpreting our county’s rich and diverse history!

Gentlemen dress is black-tie; ladies can come as a flapper, a silent screen star or just be elegant and come as you are!

Tickets to the event include an open bar with 1920s cocktails, three courses of heavy hors d’ Oeuvers, live New Orleans Jazz band, period dance demonstration, silent & live auction, period exhibits and much more!

You can purchase tickets online here or come by the Arganbright Genealogy Library and purchase them in person!  For more information contact:

Executive Director Craig Hadley at
765-476-8411 Ext. 1

The Razzmatazz & Jazz Band from Ohio have played in venues all across the United States.   They will be playing Dixieland Jazz music of the 1920s. Dancers from the Purdue Ballroom Dance Club will demonstrate some of the dances of the period with the band from the Charleston and Lindy to the Foxtrot.

A complete list of our silent and live auction items will be posted here in March.  Items will include such things as a one-year membership at the Lafayette Country Club, works of art, various entertainment and sports packages, and much more!



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