Upcoming Events                                                                         


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.

13th: Walking Tour of Goshen
Time: 2:00 pm
preregister by June 11th by calling (574) 535-6458
tour begins at Goshen's Masonic Lodge- 301 S. 5th Street

Partnering with the Goshen Historical Society join us for a historic walking tour of the county seat of Elkhart. You'll learn about some of the historic buildings, architecture, and over time historic buildings have been restored and adapted for modern businesses.

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!


6, 13 & 20: Adopt an Artifact Class
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: $10 per class
Age range: 14-17
preregister by calling: (574) 535-6458 

Staff from the museum will teach teens techniques on how to interpret history through items in our collection. In each class, participants will learn the various ways to look at artifacts, research history and design their own interpretation. This is great for anyone interested in history or a future career in museums.

18th: The Do's and Dont's of Museum Donations
Time: 10:00 am

Have an item that you think belongs in a museum? Our Curator of Collections, Liz Fisher, will explain some of the steps you can take before you bring in an item as well as the reasons why museums accept or decline donations.


6th: Nappanee Walking Tour
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
preregister by calling by August 4 by calling (574) 535-6458
location: tour begins at Coppes Commons parking lot

Enjoy the summer weather by taking a stroll through historic Nappanee. Take in the interesting architecture, and learn about the history of the town that began with the railroads in the late 1800's.


24th: Indiana Archaeology
Time: 7:00 pm

Celebrate archaeology month with a great presentation at the museum. Michele Greenan, Director of Archaeology at the Indiana State Museum, will talk about the things that have been found throughout the state, and what they tells us about the past.


3rd: Genealogy Society Fall Seminar
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $30 ($35 at the door)
preregister by calling: (574) 295-7138 

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society will host its annual seminar with its keynote speaker Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library. This whole day workshop will cover topics including using military records, German migration, and how to use internet sites to conduct genealogical research.

14th: An Evening With Daniel Boone
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

Kick of the Gathering at Five Medals early by joining the museum for a truly special evening. Historic reenactor Steven Caudill, the national spokesperson for the Boone family, portrays the historic figure Daniel Boone. The presentation will present the history of the man and dispel some myths behind this fascinating figure!

17th-18th: Gathering at Five Medals 
Time: Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm 
Cost: $5.00 adults, $3.00 Children (12 & under)
Location: Benton Spillway -River Preserve County Park-
68550 County Road 31, Goshen, IN 46526
For more information check out the event website 

Step back in time at this exceptional living history event. You and your family will be immersed in the past, experiencing the Great Lakes region as it was over 300 years ago! You'll be able to shop for special gifts at our merchants, watch historical demonstrations, here the roar of the canon, and learn about Native Groups, Europeans, and Americans that inhabited Northern Indiana.

28th: Treasures From the Archive
Time: 7:00pm

In celebration of Archives Month, staff from the museum will share some of our most historical examples from our collection. Also, learn proper methods and techniques in searching an archive in order to answer your research questions.