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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

Jun
10
Sat
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.

Jun
15
Thu
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.

Jul
22
Sat
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

Aug
19
Sat
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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