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.

Jun
20
Thu
Lunch and Lecture with the Greater Lafayette Figure Guild @ TCHA History Center
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Local artist, Susan Doster, will introduce us to examples of narrative history paintings, including some visible in Indiana. She will share the process she’s used when creating a narrative history painting, including determining which details to include and how to visually tell the tale. 

Jun
22
Sat
Tippecanoe County & the Civil War: A Living History Event @ Tippecanoe Battlefield and Museum
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Close your eyes and imagine what life was like in Tippecanoe County in the 1860s. Downtown Lafayette was a major military camp where Indiana regiments were organized, and where more than 700 Confederate prisoners were confined. Step back into time as TCHA hosts a Civil War living history event at the Tippecanoe Battlefield on June 22nd. The battlefield will be filled with demonstrations of military drill and activities from living historians portraying Indiana Union soldiers as well as those portraying Confederate prisoners. There will also be special programs on various topics related to the Civil War and Tippecanoe County. This program is free to the general public. 

Jun
26
Wed
Workshop Series “A look at Prophetstown” @ TCHA History Center
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What is Prophetstown? Where was Prophetstown? Why did so many Native American tribes live there? Join Prophetstown State Park Interpretive Naturalists for this presentation while we work to uncover the history of Prophetstown and discuss the significance of the settlement on the Native American life with Interpretive Naturalist Jenna Parks. 

Jul
10
Wed
Evening Lecture Series “Discover Space” @ TCHA History Center
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Mr. John Norberg, local author, public speaker, and columnist, as he guides you through a journey learning about NASA and space. 

Complimentary wine & cheese provided.

Jul
14
Sun
History According to Hollywood Film Series “From the Earth to the Moon” @ TCHA History Center
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This HBO miniseries created by Tom Hanks garnered 17 Emmy nominations and captivated audiences. From the early stages of the space program and Kennedy’s 1961 call to reach the moon within a decade to the successes and heartbreaking failures of the race for space, the dream was kept alive by dedicated, daring professionals, and a nation intent on reaching for– and landing amid– the stars, all while the world faced the Vietnam War. We will be watching two of the episodes dealing with Purdue graduate, Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon. 

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.