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.

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
7
Sat
Classic Camping and Bushcraft Experience @ The Farm at Prophetstown
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Classic Camping is defined as “The use of tools, techniques, and traditions in the style of the Golden Age of Camping. (1880-1930).” In other words, it’s “Where the frontier skills of Daniel Boone meet the industrial age of Henry Ford.” In the 1920s, the advent of exploring the countryside and camping out in your car became an incredibly popular phenomenon. Model T and Model A Fords could often be seen exploring the country as these early “off-roading” cars opened up new ways to explore our nation. Join us as we host living historians and their beloved cars portraying these early off-road campers.

We will partner with the The Farm at Prophetstown to bring you a fun day of classic camping traditions. $5 per car, plus Prophetstown State Park admission. 10:00am-5:00pm

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
10
Tue
Mark Twain Himself! @ The Long Center for Performing Arts
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mark Twain Himself! @ The Long Center for Performing Arts

Did you know that Mark Twain performed in Lafayette in 1885? Experience the fun and excitement of the famous Mark Twain Shows of 134 years ago. Through the magic of theater, acclaimed stage actor Richard Garey will bring Mark Twain to life in the historic Long Center for the Performing Arts. This show captures the man and the legend. Full of humor, comedic sketches, irreverent wisdom and deep insight into human nature, “Mark Twain Himself!” is great theater. Garey is the official Mark Twain of Hannibal, Missouri and regularly tours throughout the United States performing his one-man show. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a truly remarkable evening with Mark Twain.
Tickets are $20 each (Early Bird Special: $15.00 before July 31st).

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. 

Sep
21
Sat
Archaeology Day @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Archaeology Day @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Celebrate Indiana Archaeology Month with fun family activities that help you learn and experience archaeology first hand!

Oct
5
Sat
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon

18th Century Outpost Life
The past is yours to savor at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. At this historic reenactment you can recapture 18th century life at Fort Ouiatenon- the first fortified European outpost is what is now Indiana.
Continuous, free programming is held on five stages. French and Native American music and dance, fife and drum corps performances, military drills and demonstrations, fashion shows, games and contests can be enjoyed at the 52nd celebration of this event. Special hands-on activities include the children’s trade blanket, costume try-on, candle dipping, story telling, bead bracelet making, cross-cut sawing and tomahawk throwing.

Oct
6
Sun
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon

18th Century Outpost Life
The past is yours to savor at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. At this historic reenactment you can recapture 18th century life at Fort Ouiatenon- the first fortified European outpost is what is now Indiana.
Continuous, free programming is held on five stages. French and Native American music and dance, fife and drum corps performances, military drills and demonstrations, fashion shows, games and contests can be enjoyed at the 52nd celebration of this event. Special hands-on activities include the children’s trade blanket, costume try-on, candle dipping, story telling, bead bracelet making, cross-cut sawing and tomahawk throwing.

Oct
9
Wed
Evening Lecture Series: An Exploration through Purdue Athletics @ TCHA History Center
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“An Exploration through Purdue Athletics” Tom Schott has been part of the Purdue Athletics scene for nearly 30 years, rising from a graduate intern to his current position of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communications. He has worked with many great Boilermaker student- athletes, coaches and administrators and been witness to countless big games and milestones. He will provide a trip down memory lane, provide a state of the department and talk about how the athletics communications industry has changed since he came to West Lafayette in 1990. Cost is $5.00 per person.

Complimentary wine & cheese provided by Wild Cat Creek Winery.