Upcoming Events                                                                         

February

6th: Elkhart County's First 20,000 Years!
Time: 7:00 pm

This new exhibit will explore ancient people, megafauna, Pre-contact Native Americans, and the European and American movement into what would become Elkhart County. 

26th: Great War Lecture Series
Time: 7:00 pm; $1.00/person

In the first of three programs sponsored by the Elkhart County Historical Society, learn about the events and causes that led to World War I from Elkhart County Historian Marcia Brenneman.

March

19th: Great War Lecture Series: Mennonites During
World War I

Time: 7:00 pm; $1.00/person

While World War I was waged on the fields of Europe, Mennonites here in America were active in the war effort and working towards earning conscientious objector status based on the teaching of their faith. Professor of History at Goshen College, Steve Nolt will lecture on what was happening within the Mennonite community and show a different way of looking at World War I. 

29th: Palm Sunday Tornado Commemoration
Time: 1:00 pm

Aprill 11, 1965 was a day people in Elkhart County will never forget. We will open a special temporary photo exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the "Palm Sunday Tornadoes."

April

16th: Great War Lecture Series: Influenza 1918
Time: 7:00 pm; $1.00/person

One of the man causes of death during and shortly after World War I was the spread of influenza in 1918. Learn about how the disease spread and wreaked havoc on the fields and in the homes with the showing of the documentary American Experience: Influenza 1918.

22nd: Story of the Palm Sunday Tornadoes
Time: 10:00 am

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornadoes, you can learn about what happened on that day, the aftermath of the storm, and how the communities responded after, and how these storms inspired national legislation to support victims of natural disasters.

28th: Curator Chat, The Original People: Paleoindians to Potawatomi
Time: 7:00 pm

Get a guided tour of our new exhibit, The Original People: Paleoindians to Potawatomi, from our Curators. You'll hear about the research they did, how they selected artifacts, and how they created the exhibit.

May

16th: Historic Maps & What They Tell Us
Time: 10:00 am; $1.00/person

This program will showcase the numerous historical maps that a part of the museum's collection. Maps have many purposes, and that purpose changes over time. For historical researchers, these tools can provide many different levels of information depending on how they are analyzed. Staff will present various maps available both at the museum as well as other sources.

June

6th: Baintertown Walking Tour
Time: 1:00 & 2:30 pm
Tour at Baintertown Park: 67380 County Road 29, New Paris, IN 46533 

Enjoy a guided tour of Baintertown park given by museum staff. Learn the history of the area which includes Five Medals, the Wylands, and the Bainters. You'll get to see remnants of buildings that you may never have noticed and learn about the failed attempt to build an industrial area.

23rd: Atlatl Throwing
Time: 6:00 pm
Location at Ox Bow Park Archery Field 

Atlatls are an ancient tool developed by Paleoindians to hunt Wooly Mammoths, Mastodons, and other massive animals. They were used to throw darts up to 100 miles per hour. You'll learn about these tools, and then try hit the targets!