Public Programs

Public Programs

The more you connect with Tippecanoe County history, the more it comes to life.

Stay connected, you don’t want to miss out! TCHA offers unique opportunities to engage with the past, whether you prefer lectures, tours, informal meet and greets, or interactive demonstrations, we’ll have something for you. So jump in – ask questions, offer opinions, listen, learn, and tour. We are constantly working to make the past enjoyable and accessible for you, so check out our programming calendar for the program that’s right for you.

Pick up a copy of the 2019 programming guide at the TCHA History Center, the Arganbright Genealogy Center or the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Jul
18
Thu
Lunch and Lecture Series “Georgia’s Legacy: The Early Years” @ TCHA History Center
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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. 

Jul
24
Wed
Workshop Series: Building your Family Tree @ TCHA History Center
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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. 

Aug
11
Sun
History According to Hollywood Film Series “The Buccaneer” @ TCHA History Center
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Starring Yul Brenner and Charlton Heston, this is the story of French pirate Jean Lafitte, Andrew Jackson, and the Battle of New Orleans. 

Aug
14
Wed
Evening Lecture Series “History of Elections in Tippecanoe” @ TCHA History Center
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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. 

Aug
15
Thu
Lunch and Lecture Series “History of Fencing in Tippecanoe” @ TCHA History Center
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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. 

Aug
28
Wed
Workshop Series “From zero to 180: The Rise of Craft Brewing in Indiana” @ TCHA History Center
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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+ 

Sep
8
Sun
History According to Hollywood Film Series “Abe Lincoln in Illinois” @ TCHA History Center
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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. 

Sep
11
Wed
Evening Lecture Series “Dive into Purdue Basketball” @ TCHA History Center
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The third oldest collegiate basketball program in the nation, Purdue basketball teams have been competing since 1897. The program ranks 15th in the NCAA history for most victories and has won 23 Big Ten regular-season championships, a conference record. Elliot Bloom, Director of Basketball Operations and Administration, will talk abut the program’s rich history, its impact on the Greater Lafayette and as well as an update on the current state of the program. 

Complimentary wine & cheese provided. 

Sep
19
Thu
Lunch and Lecture Series “Ice Cream Cones as Casualties” @ TCHA History Center
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This talk will be detailed history of the Purdue University Creamery, with information concerning the different locations, buildings, people employed, and products produced. Reasons for its eventual closing on June 30, 1969 will be discussed. 

Along with stories of how and why the book, “Ice Cream Cones as Casualties” was written. 

Nov
9
Sat
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Join us for our annual commemoration of the Battle of Tippecanoe. Schedule of events- coming soon!