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TCHA
ANNUAL MEETING

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
6:00 PM

The Lafayette Masonic Temple & Lodge
522 Columbia Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 31st at 6:00 PM at the Masonic Temple and Lodge located on the corner of 6th Street and Columbia Street (across from the Long Center). This meeting is open to the public and we will be laying out our exciting plans for the future as well as presenting our annual report on the state of the organization and how it performed in 2016.

If you want to know our incredible plans for 2017 then you do not want to miss this meeting! Food and refreshments will be served.


Purdue University Honors students develop digital exhibit on the Immigrant Experience in Tippecanoe County

Students in Honors 299: Digital Histories at Purdue University are developing a digital exhibit for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) on “The Immigrant Experience” in Tippecanoe County. TCHA will launch a new website in January 2017 that will feature online resources such as this digital exhibit. Professor Jennifer Bay, instructor for the course, explains that students have studied how contemporary archival theory focuses on collecting materials and accounts from historically marginalized groups to make community histories more inclusive. The students wanted to highlight the diverse immigrant history of the county by including more recent narratives about immigrant experiences. ““The current archival collections at TCHA mostly feature European immigrants who made a great impact in Tippecanoe County in the 19th century. However, since this county is more diverse than ever before, we wanted to incorporate more recent accounts from immigrants,” says Kevin Zhu, a student in the course.

As part of this project, students are collecting narratives, accounts, photos, and other media that capture experiences of individuals who have immigrated to Tippecanoe County in the last 50 years. Individuals can send in their accounts to an email address: submissionPOR@gmail.com. All media types will be accepted, along with questions about the project.

“The social fabric of this county is complex and they’re a part of it. We hope to hear a lot of stories and memories from people who have moved here recently. It might not feel like the ‘right now’ is history, but it is,” explains Kathryn Math, another student in the course. Kelly Lippie, Curator of Collections at TCHA, explains that this project will be an important way of highlighting that history is something we are making every day, and we need to keep collecting that history.

Along with the digital exhibit, students are also developing a search function for the new website that will allow researchers to search archival collection guides. 

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Tippecanoe County residents by collecting, preserving, and interpreting our unique and exciting history.