School & Group Programs

School toursUnlock History…..

…with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA). Tippecanoe County has a rich history that is locally and nationally significant. TCHA offers a variety of hands-on interactive programs to unwrap history for your students. All programs meet many of the K-12 social studies standards. Cost is $2.50 a student for the first program scheduled and $1.50 for each additional program. Minimum of 12 students per program. For more information call 765-476-8411, extension 4 or email

Some Helpful Tips for scheduling your TCHA programs:

  • Programs must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • No programs will be scheduled two weeks before or one week after the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, check website for annual dates.
  • If your group is late, your time will be reduced accordingly.
  • Plan extra time in your visit for bathroom breaks, a walk around the park, or to shop in The History Store.
  • Please call one week in advance for cancellations if possible.
  • Make a day of it! Schedule a program with the Tippecanoe County Parks Department Naturalist at 765-567-2993, Prophetstown State Park at 765-567-4919, the Farm at Prophetstown at 765-567-4700 or the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette at 765-742-1128.
  • To reserve a picnic shelter at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park or Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park, call the Tippecanoe County Parks Department at 765-463-2306.

Staff Ride 6 4-2014Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Students will step into Indiana history at one of the state’s most important sites: the Tippecanoe Battlefield, located at 200 Battleground Avenue in Battle Ground, Indiana. Listen to the story of the two cultures that came into conflict here. Explore the aftermath of the Battle, from the War of 1812 to William Henry Harrison’s election as President, through artifacts and displays. Discover Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture. Learn how the pioneers traveled to Tippecanoe County in the early 1800’s. Make history come alive at the Tippecanoe Battlefield through hands on and interactive learning experiences!

Programs at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum are available from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every day of the week, except Wednesday. The Museum and History Store are closed on Wednesdays.

  • Conflict of Cultures: Explore the Battle of Tippecanoe! Through an interactive discussion students will learn about the factors leading to the Battle, the primary characters involved, the major impacts of the Battle, and take part in a dramatic account of the Battle. This is a 30 minute program. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 4.1.3, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 5.1.7, 5.3.7, 8.1.1 8.1.13, 8.1.27, USH.1.2
  • Woodland Indian Lifestyles: Students will learn about pre-contact Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture through artifacts, interactive displays, games, and crafts. This 45 minute program offers a fun, interactive approach to Woodland Indian life. This program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1,1.1.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.1, 3.5.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.5.3, , 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.5.1, 8.1.1
  • Covered Wagon: Imagine a trip to Indiana in a covered wagon! Students learn about the Pioneers, why they moved to Indiana, and what that move was like. They engage in a hands-on activity to plan their trip to Indiana. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 3..5.5, 5.1.1
  • Day in the Life of a Pioneer: Students will learn about Indiana in the early 1800s. They will discover Pioneer culture and everyday life through interactive discussion and hands-on activities. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 3.5.5, 5.1.1, 5.5.1
  • Search the Museum: Students participate in a guided look at the museum exhibit through the use of a worksheet. The Battlefield Museum explores Native American settlements and lifestyles, early Pioneer life, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison’s election as President, and much more. This is 30 minute program and covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.5.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.13, 4.1.15
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Battle of Tippecanoe Staff Ride Program:

  • The staff ride tour is a military training exercise in which participants, (active or reserve duty personnel, officer training or ROTC classes) conduct a detailed study of a military action based on classroom and field instruction.
  • The program normally assumes that participants have studied the staff ride handbook for the Tippecanoe Battlefield, titled To Compel with Armed Force, by Maj. Harry Tunnel, USA, and available for download from the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College,
  • The program includes a welcome and orientation session by TCHA staff ride volunteers, a tour of the museum, and time for questions, answers, and interaction. The final phase is a walking tour of the battlefield itself. Commanders may choose to have this phase of the program interpreted by TCHA personnel, but many choose to assign responsibility for discussing the details of the battle to their own troops or cadets as they progress around the field.
  • Cost of the program is $4.00 per person, and the tour can take from two hours to half a day, depending on the participants’ schedule.

Fort Ouiatenon

Enter the world of Fort Ouiatenon, the first fortified European settlement in Indiana, and discover the variety of people and cultures that came together at this historic site. Learn about the history of Fort Ouiatenon, interact in the fur trade, try the pastimes of the Fort’s children or dress as a habitant. Introduce your students to one of the most fascinating periods of Indiana history through hands-on and interactive programs! Components of the program may vary. Fort Ouiatenon Historic park is located at 3129 South River Road, West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Blockhouse at Fort Ouiatenon is an outdoor experience and space is limited to groups of 30 people or less. Programs at this location are only available April through mid- September and mid- October through November.

  • Fun at the Fort: Students will explore some of the pastimes French and Native children would have experienced at Fort Ouiatenon such as foot races, graces, and other games of chance and skill! This 30 minutes program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.7, 3.5.5
  • The French: Learn the fashion styles and roles played by the French at Fort Ouiatenon from the habitant to the voyageur in the ultimate game of dress up. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.7, 3.5.5, 5.1.6, 5.1.7, USH.1.2
  • Fur Trade: Ouiatenon was a French fur trade post. Students will learn about the fur trade with an opportunity to try their own hand at trading using traditional trade good items. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 2.4.4, 2.4.7, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.7, 3.4.3, 3.4.4, 3.5.5, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 5.1.6, 5.1.7, 5.3.6, USH.1.2
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Traveling History Programs

These program kits are available for teachers to check out for 1 or 2 weeks for use in the classroom for the flat fee of $25.00 per program, per class. Kits can also be requested and performed for Tippecanoe County schools by a TCHA staff person for the fee of $2.50 per student per program.

Timeline and Maps: Construct a timeline in your classroom! Teach your students the history of Tippecanoe County from 1700 to the present through this fun, interactive timeline activity. As you go through history, compare Indiana maps to see how the state developed. This program can be borrowed from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association or presented to your class by a TCHA staff person. The kit includes a presenter’s guide, yarn, clips, and cards with dates and historical information; various maps and a variety of images illustrating different time periods, events and people in Tippecanoe County history are included. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.3.6, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 4.1.13, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 5.3.9, 8.1.26, USH.1.5, USH.1.7, USH.2.8

Places and Faces: Step into the lives of some of the most influential people of Tippecanoe County. Learn about the founding of the community, people responsible for helping the county prosper and places of historical significance. This program goes well with the Timeline and Maps program and can also be borrowed from TCHA or presented to your class by a TCHA educator. The kit includes labeled images, a presenter’s guide, and activities. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.3, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 4.4.7, 4.5.4

Frank Arganbright Genealogy Center

The Frank Arganbright Genealogy Center is a valuable resource for teachers and students. It houses a wealth of primary and secondary materials pertaining to local and Indiana history. The center is the perfect place for teachers preparing history lessons and compiling resources, or for students preparing research papers. Guided class research trips are available upon request.

History On Tour

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Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-enactment festival portraying life at Fort Ouiatenon from 1717-1791. TCHA offers two special days at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon for school groups. Registration opens in late April.

Thursday is “Special Kids Day” reserved for special education students. Students with special needs come for the day to participate in 18th century life on the Ouabache.

Friday is “Feast Friday Fun Day” reserved for fourth grade students studying Indiana history. Students visit a variety of re-enactors, craftspeople, and entertainers making history come alive!

Mark your calendars for these dates! Watch for your invitation in the mail this spring, or call (765) 476-8411 extension 4 for more information or reservations.



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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