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Richard B. Wetherill Archives

Dr. Richard B. Wetherill was a local physician, world traveler and amateur historian. He was one of the founders of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and served as the first president of the Board of Governors. Upon his death in 1940, TCHA received Dr. Wetherill’s entire estate. This donation serves as the foundation of the TCHA’s collections.

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Admission:
$2.00
Free TCHA Members

The Richard B. Wetherill Archives are available by appointment only. For more information about the archives collections, photograph reproduction or to schedule an appointment, contact the TCHA Curator of Collection at 765-476-8411 ext. 5 or submit a research request form and mail to:

Curator
Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

The Archive Collection

The TCHA archive collection contains over 250 business, organizational, and personal collections of materials.  There are also several topical collections such as the educational collection that contains materials from schools, past and present, within the county.
Collection Guides are available for processed archival collections. Additions and edits are made on a regular basis, so please check back or contact the Curator for the most recent versions.

The Photograph Archive

The TCHA photo archive contains thousands of photographs and negatives of buildings and scenes documenting Tippecanoe County’s history.  They are arranged topically and are available for researchers to look through.  The photo archive also contains a portrait collection of persons in the county. Many images are available for reproduction, subject to a license and fees agreement.

The George Winter Collection

An extensive collection of the works of George Winter was donated to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in 1986 by Mrs. Cable G. Ball, the widow of Winter’s great grandson.  This gift to the Lafayette community includes manuscripts, letters, drawings, and paintings of this important 19th century artist.

In collaboration with the Purdue University Libraries, a digital collection of George Winter’s works and writings is available online here.

 

 
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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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