Calendar of Events
TCHA will host Faces in the Crowd: Indiana and the Political Process, an Indiana Historical Society (IHS) traveling exhibit that shows how Indiana has entertained debates on issues and candidates throughout the state’s history.
Faces in the Crowd is not the story of the candidates behind the microphone, but of the individual citizens in the crowd—each of whom play a crucial role in ensuring the electoral process works. Since the early years of the electoral political system, Hoosiers have attended rallies, expressed their opinions and participated at the polls. They have supported and opposed candidates, and of course, run for office themselves.
The included images have been collected from across the state, showcasing Hoosiers at a host of campaign events throughout history. The IHS collections images that appear in the exhibit were placed in context with support and cooperation from The Indianapolis Star, the Calumet Regional Archives and the University of Southern Indiana.
Exhibit is included with regular museum admission.
Overview of the formation of the General de Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Tippecanoe County and the ladies and men behind its organization with its current members.
Local family researcher & Findagrave volunteer, L.A. Clough will guide you through a quick look at what is in our research library and what can be used to build your own family tree.
Starring Yul Brenner and Charlton Heston, this is the story of French pirate Jean Lafitte, Andrew Jackson, and the Battle of New Orleans.
Members are encouraged to bring in their antiques and curiosities and share with us their unique story. This is followed by a special presenter who will then talk about an object in more depth and its history as it relates to Tippecanoe County.
This show and tell presentation will be done by Quentin Robinson. Transportation is the blood flow in any growing community. Hear about how the county developed the roadways and where you can find information about their locations and origins.
American elections have always been controversial and divisive. This lecture will explore the various ways that corruption, scandals, violence, and party divisions, and controversial candidates have shaped presidential elections throughout American history. Using specific electoral battles as case studies we will discuss the historical development of political parties, campaign finance structures, interest groups, media strategies, and voter engagement and mobilization. By examining both continuities and changes in electoral politics, this talk with Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will historicize the contemporary political debates to help citizens navigate the contours of the current electoral climate more effectively.
Complimentary wine & cheese provided.
Come and learn about the history of the sport of fencing with members of the River City Fencing Club. Learn how the sport has grown from its early years at Purdue to the present day. We will display some fencing foil swords and helmets as well and explain how those have changed throughout the years.
We’ll discuss the proliferation of craft breweries in Indiana and the factors that helped a generation of brewers looking to brew “real beer” gain traction in an industry once dominated by mega-brewers. Presented by Greg Emig, owner of Lafayette Brewing Company. An interactive tasting of local beers will be a part of the program. Must be 21+
Join us at the Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse for French Living History Events portraying the French colonial period of the early 18th century. Talented living historians will be on hand to talk about the French fur trade, Native American and French culture of the period. No admissions. Programs are free.
Among the most masterful matchups of actor and role in screen history is this stirring film version of Robert E. Sherwood’s play taking a thoroughly human look at the early years of our 16th President, with all his frailties and strengths of character. Best Actor nominee Raymond Massey (who originated the role on stage) wonderfully plays the future Great Emancipator in a chronicle of his backwoods childhood through his first romance with Ann Rutledge (Mary Howard) to his phenomenal rise to President Elect.