...with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. 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 208.
Some Helpful Tips for scheduling your TCHA programs:
Tours must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance
No tours will be scheduled two weeks before or one week after the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon
If your group is late, your time will be reduced accordingly
Plan extra time in your visit for bath room breaks, a walk around the park, or to shop in the Museum Store
Please call one week in advance for cancellations if possible
Make a day of it! Schedule a program with the Tippecanoe County Parks Department Naturalist at 765-567-2993, Historic Prophetstown at 765-567-4700, or the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette at 765-742-1128.
To reserve a picnic shelter at the Tippecanoe Battlefield or Fort Ouiatenon, call the Tippecanoe County Parks Department at 765-463-2306
Traveling History Programs
Timeline and Maps: Construct a timeline in your classroom! Teach your students the history of Tippecanoe County from 1700 to 1900 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 docent. The kit includes a presenter's guide, yarn, clips, and cards with dates and historical information; various maps displaying French Canada, Indiana Territory, and Indiana State; a variety of images illustrating different time periods, events and people in Tippecanoe County History. 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 and those responsible for helping the county prosper. 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 docent. The kit includes labeled images, a presenters guide, and activities. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.3, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 4.4.7, 4.5.4
Architecture Walking Tour: Students take a walk up Historic Ninth Street Hill and a step back into 19th century Lafayette. Learn how to identify five styles of 19th century architecture. Discover the people who lived in these impressive homes on outskirts of town. This 45 minute program begins at the Fowler House and covers Indiana Education Standards 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.5, 3.1.4
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!
Choose three or more programs:
Conflict of Cultures: Explore the Battle of Tippecanoe! Through an interactive discussion students will learn about the factors leading to the Battle, the primary characters involved, the major impacts of the Battle, and take part in a dramatic account of the Battle. This is a 30 minute program. This program covers Indiana Education Standards 4.1.3, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 5.1.7, 5.3.7, 8.1.1 8.1.13, 8.1.27, USH.1.2
Woodland Indian Lifestyles: Students will learn about pre-contact Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture through artifacts, interactive displays, games, and crafts. This 45 minute program offers a fun, interactive approach to Woodland Indian life. This program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1,1.1.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.1, 3.5.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.5.3, , 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.5.1, 8.1.1
Covered Wagon: Take a trip to Indiana in a covered wagon! Students learn about the Pioneers, why they moved to Indiana, and what that move was like. They engage in a hands-on activity to plan their trip to Indiana. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 3..5.5, 5.1.1
Day in the Life of a Pioneer: Students will learn about Indiana in the early 1800s. They will discover Pioneer culture and everyday life through interactive discussion and hands-on activities. This 45 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 3.1.2, 3.5.5, 5.1.1, 5.5.1
Search the Museum: Students participate in a guided look at the museum exhibit through the use of a questionaire. The Battlefield Museum explores Native American settlements and lifestyles, early Pioneer life, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison’s election as President, and much more. This is 30 minute program and covers Indiana Education Standards 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.5.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.13, 4.1.15
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. There is always a staff member or volunteer available to assist with research and requests. 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.
Enter the world of Fort Ouiatenon, the first fortified European settlement in Indiana, and discover the variety of people and culture that came together at this historic site. Learn about the history of the Fort. Interact in the fur trade. Meet the Wea Indians, see a blacksmith at work, or enjoy the colorful lives of the voyageurs. Try 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.
Choose three or more programs:
Ouiatenon Alive: Watch a blacksmith at work, chat with a voyageur. This program allows student to interact with history re-enactors portraying the life and people of Ouiatenon. The length and components of this program may vary based on volunteer availability. This program covers Indiana Education Standards K.1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.7, 3.5.5, 5.1.6
Fun at the Fort: Students will explore some of the past times French and Native children would have experienced at Fort Ouiatenon such as foot races, graces, and other games of chance and skill! This 30 minutes program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.7, 3.5.5
The French: Learn the fashion styles and roles played by the French at Fort Ouiatenon from the habitant to the voyageur in the ultimate game of dress up. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.7, 3.5.5, 5.1.6, 5.1.7, USH.1.2
The Wea: Students will experience post contact Native American lifestyle in the “Native American Living Village” complete with real wigwams, fire pits, a garden, and other accessories. They will learn about the Wea culture and their relationship with the French. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 1.1.1, 2.1.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.7, 3.5.5, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.3, 5.1.6, 5.1.7, 8.1.1
Fur Trade: Ouiatenon was a French fur trade post. Students will learn about the fur trade with an opportunity to try their own hand at trading using traditional trade good items. This 30 minute program covers Indiana Education Standards K1.1, 2.4.4, 2.4.7, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.7, 3.4.3, 3.4.4, 3.5.5, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 5.1.6, 5.1.7, 5.3.6, USH.1.2
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 208 for more information or reservations.