Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events
George Winter: Capturing Time with Art @ TCHA History Center
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


George Winter: Capturing Time with Art

Presenter- Kelly Lippie, TCHA Curator

Thursday, July 16, Noon – 1 PM

TCHA History Center

Admission is free

Sponsored by the National Group

George Winter’s Native American paintings have come to be some of the most important representations of the Miami and Potawatomi people of Indiana during the 1800’s.  Learn how George Winter’s art was rescued from near destruction and what makes his art and journals so special today.  Kelly Lippie, Curator of TCHA, will display and discuss rarely seen George Winter sketches and watercolors from the TCHA vault.

Fete de St. Jean le Baptise @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Ready to put the gloom of winter behind you? Looking to celebrate better days of plenty ahead? Glad your crops have been planted and the rains are plentiful? Then you share something in common with your ancestors of the mid 18th-century. While life was often hard and unforgiving in the past, especially on the edges of the fledgling colonial empires here in North America, people still knew how to have fun. In France, and in the New French Colony of Canada which included today’s State of Indiana and Fort Ouiatenon, feast days of the Saints in the Catholic Church often were used as excuses to stop working for a day or even a week to celebrate. The most famous of these midsummer celebrations for the French Colonists, traditionally celebrated with food, bonfires, and in Canada an odd twist on the Maypole ceremony, is The Feast of Saint John the Baptist. La Compagnie des Beaux Eaux is the sponsor of this event.

As our world begins to open up once more, with the hope of better things to come, TCHA invites you to come and see how life and good times were celebrated 270 years ago at Fort Ouiatenon. July 18th join with reenactors and interpreters as they demonstrate some of the activities of a French midsummer festival. Come and see, from a safe social distance, displays on food, games & customs, military life & drill, as well as original archaeological artifacts recovered from the site.

Show & Tell- Swords from TCHA’s Collection @ The History Center
Jul 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Show & Tell

Swords from TCHA’s Collection
Rick Conwell, Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum Manager

Admission is free

Sponsored by the National Group

TCHA members can bring an interesting item from their own personal collections to share with the group. A short presentation will follow the round-table sharing. TCHA members and non-members are welcome at the program. Due to COVID19 recommendations, masks will be required for entry and social distancing will be implemented.

TCHA has an impressive collection of military and ceremonial swords.  Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum Manager Rick Conwell will show several examples of swords from TCHA’s collection and will share with the group the story and history behind the swords.

History According to Hollywood- Suffragette @ TCHA History Center
Aug 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Suffragette (2015)
Craig Hadley
Sunday, August 9th, 2020, 4:00 PM
History Center
Admission is free
Sponsored by the National Group
In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.

How West Lafayette Came to Be- History at High Noon @ TCHA History Center
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How West Lafayette Came to Be
Nick Schenkel – Director, West Lafayette Public Library
Thursday, August 20th, 2020, Noon–1:00 PM
TCHA History Center
Admission is free Sponsored by the National Group
West Lafayette, Indiana, like much of Tippecanoe County, has a
fascinating history with twists and turns influenced by Purdue,
the culture of the time, and the pioneering spirit that established
Tippecanoe County in the early 1800’s. Nick Schenkel, Director of the
West Lafayette Public Library, will share some of the interesting tales
of the founding of West Lafayette.

Show & Tell- Charlie Shambaugh- Tippecanoe County’s Tinkering Mastermind: His Airfield & Garage @ TCHA History Center
Aug 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Charlie Shambaugh –
Tippecanoe County’s
Tinkering Mastermind: His
Airfield and His Garage
Pete Bill
Tuesday, August 25th,
2020, 11:30–12:30
TCHA History Center
Admission is free Sponsored by the National Group

Charlie Shambaugh was a local Lafayette legend and was considered
by many to be a mechanical genius. From building Indy 500 race
cars to creating Tippecanoe County’s first commercial airport, Charlie
seemed to do it all. Charlie’s story, and some Shambaugh artifacts,
will be shown.

Drink In History- A Taste of Tippecanoe Micro-Breweries @ TCHA History Center
Aug 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

No ticket sales at the door, sales begin on July 1, or, in person at the History Center, or TCHA Arganbright Library.  

Join us at the TCHA History Center as all seven microbreweries in Tippecanoe County each have two of their own select original micro-beers for tasting and purchase along with pairings of food items.  Try and taste them all!  Learn a little history of the evolution of micro-breweries in the county at the same time.  Musical entertainment will also be on hand for everyone to enjoy.  Sponsored by Tippecanoe County Microbreweries.

Gallery Walk @ To be announced
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation presents Gallery Walks throughout the year on select Fridays in May, July, and September from 6 – 9 pm. During each Gallery Walk, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight arts and culture. Experience local art, meet artists, and enjoy refreshments and live music as you stroll through Downtown Lafayette!

2020 Gallery Walk Dates:

Friday, May 15, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, July 17, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, September 18, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Participating Locations:

Check back soon for updates!