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
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
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
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
Avery Brown is believed to be the youngest person to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. At only 8 years old he enlisted as a drummer. This program will chronicle his 18 month journey during the war, and will also unveil a new display showcasing one of Brown's drums.
With Indiana celebrating its 200th birthday, we are looking over the history of Elkhart County and determining the 10 moments that most impacted our community's history. In the first of a two part event, find out moments 10 through 6, and let the debate begin!
Do you think you know the biggest moment in Elkhart County history? Come find out what the staff at the museum think it is, and why that and other pivotal moments have shaped what Elkhart County is today.
You may have walked past the work of E. Hill Turnock and not even noticed. Learn about how the architect left his mark on Elkhart County and some the iconic buildings he designed that we still have today.
Born in Cleveland, but raised in the city of Elkhart, Gordone was the first African-American to a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Learn about the man as an actor, palywright, and director, and his efforts to achieve racial unity through the arts.
Before the Civil War, many slaves escaped through the North in secret on their way to freedom. This program will explore in any houses or people from our county participated in the network.