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.

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. The Commemoration Ceremony begins at 11:00 am. Living History programs will be available on the battlefield grounds from 10:00 to 4:00. All activities and museum admission is free for this event.

History According to Hollywood: The Best Years of Our Lives @ TCHA History Center
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)
At the end of World War II, Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), Al Stevenson (Fredric March) and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell) return home to Boone City. Fred was a decorated captain in the Army Air Forces in Europe, Al a sergeant in the Army who saw action in the Pacific, and Homer a sailor who served on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Homer’s ship was sunk, killing many of his fellow sailors; his arms were burned off below the elbow and he now uses metal hook prostheses. The three men share first a plane trip then a cab ride and become friends. This is the story of the struggle these veterans had in re-adjusting to civilian life after experiencing the horrors of World War II.
Admission $5.00 per person.

Evening Lecture Series: Kirby’s Way @ TCHA History Center
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Lecture Series: Kirby's Way @ TCHA History Center

Author Angie Klink will talk about the late Kirby Risk, who called himself “a small-town businessman from the banks of the Wabash.” Klink wrote Kirby’s Way: how Kirby and Caroline Risk built their company on kitchen-table values, a compelling biography of kind, quirky Kirby Risk and his founding of Lafayette’s Kirby Risk Corporation in 1926 with $500 her borrowed from his father. Filled with history of Lafayette, Indiana, and America, Kirby’s Way is a feel-good story about a self-made man. Klink will talk about the Risks’ love of community, charity work, Purdue University, and much more. books will be available.

Complimentary wine and cheese provided by Wild Cat Creek Winery.

Lunch and Lectures Series: The History of IU Health Arnett @ TCHA History Center
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Lectures Series: The History of IU Health Arnett @ TCHA History Center

The History of IU Health Arnett
Join Koreen Kyhnell as she shares insights into the history of Indiana University Health Arnett in Lafayette and the surrounding communities. It all began with two distinguished physicians, Dr. A. C. Arnett and Dr. Franklin Smith Crockett. From this partnership the Arnett- Crockett Clinic was founded in 1922, based upon Dr. Arnett’s vision of a clinic of specialists offering a broad spectrum of medical treatment in one facility. Now almost 100 years later, IU Health Arnett continues to build upon Dr. Arnett’s vision.

Bring your own brown bag lunch and enjoy a mini presentation. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase.