The Ouiatenon Preserve

Ouiatenon Preserve Overlook

The Ouiatenon Preserve: A Roy Whistler Foundation Project

Fort Ouiatenon (1717-1791) was the first European settlement and the first of three forts built by the French in the 18th Century in what would later become Indiana. It was constructed across the river from the principal Ouiatenon (Wea) Native American village and existed during many of the pivotal periods of early American history including the European colonization of North America, the French and Indiana War, the American Revolution and the subsequent birth of the United States of America and the Northwest Territory Wars. Fort Ouiatenon is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Indiana and is one of the only preserved sites of its type in our country.

The Ouiatenon Preserve is located west of the Fort Ouiatenon Historical Park along South River Road and the Wabash River. It contains the site of the original 1700s era Fort Ouiatenon and nearly 200 acres of land surrounding it. The Ouiatenon Preserve is a Roy Whistler Foundation Project and an Archaeological Conservancy Research Preserve. The property will be co-owned and operated by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Archaeological Conservancy. A significant portion of funding was awarded under the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust and the Indiana Heritage Trust with matching contributions provided by the Roy Whistler Foundation and The Archaeological Conservancy. The purpose of this effort is to protect these unique, important and nationally significant archaeological sites while simultaneously creating a nature preserve that will improve the environmental and ecological health along the Wabash River.

Plans are underway to protect this site for future generations to research and learn from and create a wonderful place in our community to enjoy nature and celebrate our incredibly rich and unique Native American and early European history while improving the health of our environment and river.

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Apr
1
Sat
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
director@tippecanoehistory.org

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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