Community Center & Museum

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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.

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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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