Community Center & Museum


At the beginning of 2017, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) purchased the Masonic Temple building at 533 Columbia Street. The 1967 building at 533 Columbia Street will be converted into a Community Center and Museum. “This is an exciting project and just what TCHA has been needing” said Executive Director Craig Hadley. “We will now be able to offer all manner of programs not only to our membership, but to the residents of Tippecanoe County as well.” Hadley also noted that this will not affect anything in regards to the Arganbright building. “The library, archives, collections and administrative offices will remain intact there” he said.

The new building is approximately 15,000 square feet in size with a banquet room, commercial-style kitchen, an auditorium, office space, basement storage and other smaller rooms. TCHA will move all of its off-site collections that are both in the Fowler House and in various storage facilities around town, to the basement storage area. “We have been in critical need of additional collections storage space for some time, “said Hadley, “ and this new building has the added bonus of giving us that space.”

As for exhibits, there is approximately 1,100 square feet available. These exhibits will highlight just a taste of what TCHA has in its large collection. The new exhibits will be professionally designed and fabricated. The exhibit team will determine which items from the collection to highlight and some of the new exhibit areas will actually rotate exhibit items and topics.

TCHA will spend 2017 raising the money for all of the building renovations and improvements with construction to begin sometime in the fall. The hope is that the building will be ready for a grand opening in January of 2018. Monies will consist of a combination of grants, individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Once completed, TCHA will be able to offer everything from public programs, monthly lectures, classic film nights, workshops and even galas. “We also want this space to be a resource to the community,” says Hadley. “Just like the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon event where we support more than 50 non-profit organizations, we want to make this space available to those smaller non-profits in Tippecanoe County for event space that they could not normally afford elsewhere. That will then make this a true community center and a valuable resource in the heart of Lafayette.”

Hadley notes that there will be a few limited programs offered in the new building throughout 2017 that include some of the 50/300 anniversary events. Additionally, as part of the sale agreement with the Masons, TCHA will allow the Masons to continue to use the building for their meetings for an additional 6 months following the sale to allow them time to find a new home.

Architectural Drawings and Conceptual Drawings



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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