Upcoming Events                                                                         


7th: Museum Guided Tour: Cooking Through the Years

One of the things that has brought people together for centuries is food. In this guided tour, guests will learn about how people have prepared, cooked, and the ways technology has changed cooking.

Time: 1:00 pm

26th: Quilt Garden Celebration

Come kick off the summer and the opening of the 2016 Quilt Garden season! Enjoy the weather, friends, and snacks as you take a look at our new quilt garden, and the work of the master gardeners that lead the planning, planting, and maintenance of the garden throughout the year.

Time: 6:00 pm

28th: Colonial Culinary Workshop: History in the Tasting!

Part hands on cooking class, part history lesson, participants will participate in the preparation of a multi-course 1700's dinner. Demonstrators will lead you through the preparation of the aspects of meal, and then everyone will be able to eat and enjoy their hard work.

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $25/person (must preregister by May 20th by calling (574) 535-6458)


8th: Atlatl Class

Ever wonder what you would use to hunt a Wooly Mammoth 12,000 years ago? Here's your chance to find out! The atlatl was a tool used for hunting by Paleo people and survived for thousands of years. You'll learn about this tool, and then have your chance to try and use it for yourself.

Time: 6:00 pm

18th: Museum Guided Tour: American Settlement

Learn about the settlement of Indiana, and in particular, Elkhart County. Guests will see how and why people came to this area as American expanded, and how the culture they brought with them has an imprint on our county today.

Time: 1:00 pm

28th: The Great War: From Ration Lines to Front Lines
exhibit opening

This traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society explores the roots of America's entrance into World War I. Guests will learn about the state's contribution to the war effort, Germans in Indiana, the construction of the American Legion building and the Indiana War Memorial. This exhibit is sponsored by Kroger.


1st: The Story of Maude Essig

Born on a farm west of Elkhart in 1884, Maude Essig was inspired by a Red Cross Poster that read "What are you doing to help?" and became a nurse during World War I. Essig worked hospitals in Indianapolis, New York, and later was sent to France to help soldiers on the front line.

Time: 1:00 pm

30th: The Old General Store

The general store was an important part to a community's success in the 1800's and early 1900's. It served mostly as a place where people could buy items that they needed, but also was used in many other ways. In this museum guided tour, learn about the importance of the general store to a community, and all the roles it would serve for a town.

Time: 1:00 pm


4th: Museum After Dark: Scavenger Hunt!

If you can't visit the museum during the day, here's your opportunity to bring your family and enjoy our great exhibits at night! As part of the event, you can search for clues and see if you can reach the end in a new scavenger hunt that takes you through the museum!

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

20th: Back to School

As students get ready to go back to school, they begin the school year like many generations have done in the past. This guided tour will take a look at how one room schoolhouses are similar and different from our schools today. Also, learn how men and women became teachers and the types of rules and regulations they had to follow.

Time: 1:00 pm


10th: Megafauna of Elkhart County 

For  thousands of years massive animals inhabited the area that we now live in today. This guided tour documents the number of animals that were here like Mammoths, Mastodons, and Musk Ox. Learn about the characteristics of these animals, what they tell us about the environment of the time period, and the reasons why we think they went extinct.

Time: 1:00 pm

20th: Ox Bow Atlatl Night

After learning about the megafauna that roamed Elkhart County 12,000 years ago, take your chance at trying to use the tool that Paleoindians used to hunt. The atlatl was used to throw spears which allowed for more effective hunting at a safer distance from the large animals at the time. You'll have your chance to try and hit targets and also see how far you can throw your spear, and see if you would have been a good hunter thousands of years ago.

Time: 6:00 pm


1st: From France to Statehood

Learn about what was happening in this region starting with the arrival of the French and ending in 1816 with the state of Indiana entering the union. During that time the area was mostly inhabited by Potawatomi, but was claimed by the French, British, and United States. As staff chronicle this time period, learn about the importance of trading as a business and cultural tool as well as Potawatomi Chief Five Medals and other prominent historical figures whose presence impacted what would become Elkhart County.

Time: 1:00 pm

15th-16th: Gathering at Five Medals

Selected as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project, join us for the 10th annual Gathering at Five Medals. This living history event explores life in the Great Lakes Region from 1670 to Indiana becoming at state in 1816. You'll be able to see a fur trade reenactment, learn about the life of Daniel Boone, and hear music from the time period. New for this year, you'll witness an encounter between Chief Five Medals, Tecumseh, and William Henry Harrison, and see reenactors participate in a live fire musket competition. For more information check out the Gathering at Five Medals website.

Time: Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (12 & under)
Location: Benton Spillway, River Preserve County Park 68550 County Road 31, Goshen