Putting Things in Perspective

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Join us at our newly acquired building for
this year’s Members Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Lafayette Masonic Lodge Building
522 Columbia Street
(corner of 6th and Columbia)
Lafayette, IN 47901

5:15 to 6:00 PM
Reception with light buffet and Cash Bar

6:00 PM
Business meeting for the Association and the TCHA Foundation. Presentation of the Association Annual Report followed by the framework and vision for the future. Plans for our newly acquired building and unveiling of our new web site. Presentation of awards.

Cost is $15 per person.
Reservations can be made online at Eventbrite by clicking this link


Or call Executive Director Craig Hadley at (765) 476-8411 Ext 1

Purdue University Honors students develop digital exhibit on the Immigrant Experience in Tippecanoe County

Students in Honors 299: Digital Histories at Purdue University are developing a digital exhibit for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) on “The Immigrant Experience” in Tippecanoe County. TCHA will launch a new website in January 2017 that will feature online resources such as this digital exhibit. Professor Jennifer Bay, instructor for the course, explains that students have studied how contemporary archival theory focuses on collecting materials and accounts from historically marginalized groups to make community histories more inclusive. The students wanted to highlight the diverse immigrant history of the county by including more recent narratives about immigrant experiences. ““The current archival collections at TCHA mostly feature European immigrants who made a great impact in Tippecanoe County in the 19th century. However, since this county is more diverse than ever before, we wanted to incorporate more recent accounts from immigrants,” says Kevin Zhu, a student in the course.

As part of this project, students are collecting narratives, accounts, photos, and other media that capture experiences of individuals who have immigrated to Tippecanoe County in the last 50 years. Individuals can send in their accounts to an email address: submissionPOR@gmail.com. All media types will be accepted, along with questions about the project.

“The social fabric of this county is complex and they’re a part of it. We hope to hear a lot of stories and memories from people who have moved here recently. It might not feel like the ‘right now’ is history, but it is,” explains Kathryn Math, another student in the course. Kelly Lippie, Curator of Collections at TCHA, explains that this project will be an important way of highlighting that history is something we are making every day, and we need to keep collecting that history.

Along with the digital exhibit, students are also developing a search function for the new website that will allow researchers to search archival collection guides. 

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Tippecanoe County residents by collecting, preserving, and interpreting our unique and exciting history.