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...with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA). Tippecanoe County has a rich history that is locally and nationally significant. TCHA offers a variety of hands-on interactive programs to unwrap history for your students. All programs meet many of the K-12 social studies standards. Cost is $2.50 a student for the first program scheduled and $1.50 for each additional program. Minimum of 12 students per program. For more information call 765-476-8411, extension 4.

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Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Students will step into Indiana history at one of the state's most important sites: the Tippecanoe Battlefield. Listen to the story of the two cultures that came into conflict here. Explore the aftermath of the Battle, from the War of 1812 to William Henry Harrison's election as President, through artifacts and displays. Discover Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture. Learn how the pioneers traveled to Tippecanoe County in the early 1800's. Make history come alive at the Tippecanoe Battlefield through hands on and interactive learning experiences!

Programs at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum are available from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every day of the week, except Wednesday. The Museum and History Store are closed on Wednesdays.

Fort Ouiatenon

Enter the world of Fort Ouiatenon, the first fortified European settlement in Indiana, and discover the variety of people and cultures that came together at this historic site. Learn about the history of the Fort, interact in the fur trade, try the pastimes of the Fort's children or dress as a habitant. Introduce your students to one of the most fascinating periods of Indiana history through hands-on and interactive programs! Components of the program may vary.

The Blockhouse at Fort Ouiatenon is an outdoor experience and space is limited to groups of 30 people or less. Programs at this location are available only April through mid- September and mid- October through November.

Traveling History Programs

These program kits are available for teachers to check out for 1 or 2 weeks for use in the classroom for the flat fee of $25.00 per program, per class. Kits can also be requested and performed for Tippecanoe County schools by a TCHA staff person for the fee of $2.50 per student per program.

Timeline and Maps: Construct a timeline in your classroom! Teach your students the history of Tippecanoe County from 1700 to the present through this fun, interactive timeline activity. As you go through history, compare Indiana maps to see how the state developed. This program can be borrowed from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association or presented to your class by a TCHA staff person. The kit includes a presenter's guide, yarn, clips, and cards with dates and historical information; various maps and a variety of images illustrating different time periods, events and people in Tippecanoe County history are included. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.3.6, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 4.1.13, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 5.3.9, 8.1.26, USH.1.5, USH.1.7, USH.2.8

Places and Faces: Step into the lives of some of the most influential people of Tippecanoe County. Learn about the founding of the community, people responsible for helping the county prosper and places of historical significance. This program goes well with the Timeline and Maps program and can also be borrowed from TCHA or presented to your class by a TCHA educator. The kit includes labeled images, a presenter’s guide, and activities. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.3, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 4.4.7, 4.5.4

Frank Arganbright Genealogy Center

The Frank Arganbright Genealogy Center is a valuable resource for teachers and students. It houses a wealth of primary and secondary materials pertaining to local and Indiana history. The center is the perfect place for teachers preparing history lessons and compiling resources, or for students preparing research papers. Guided class research trips are available upon request.

History On Tour

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Feast of the Hunters' Moon

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-enactment festival portraying life at Fort Ouiatenon from 1717-1791. TCHA offers two special days at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon for school groups.

Thursday is “Special Kids Day” reserved for special education students. Students with special needs come for the day to participate in 18th century life on the Ouabache.

Friday is “Feast Friday Fun Day” reserved for fourth grade students studying Indiana history. Students visit a variety of re-enactors, craftspeople, and entertainers making history come alive!
Mark your calendars for these dates! Watch for your invitation in the mail this spring, or call (765) 476-8411 extension 4 for more information or reservations.