Putting Things in Perspective

For additional information or to arrange a tour, contact: Kelly Lippie 765-476-8411 extension 206 or kelly@tippecanoehistory.org

Group Tours

Unlock History…

…with the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Tippecanoe County has a rich history that is locally and nationally significant. TCHA offers a variety of hands-on interactive programs to unwrap history for your group. We can work with you to adapt our programs to meet your group’s needs. Cost is $2.50 per participant for the first program scheduled and $1.50 for each additional program. Minimum of 12 participants per program. For more information call 765-476-8411 extension 206.

Some Helpful Tips for scheduling your TCHA programs:

Youth Groups and Scout Groups

Conflict of Cultures: Explore the Battle of Tippecanoe! Through an interactive discussion participants will learn about the factors leading to the Battle, the primary characters involved, the major impacts of the Battle, and take part in a dramatic account of the Battle. This is a 30 minute program. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Woodland Indian Lifestyles: Participants will learn about pre-contact Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture through artifacts, interactive displays, games, and crafts. This 45 minute program offers a fun, interactive approach to Woodland Indian life. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Covered Wagon: Take a trip to Indiana in a covered wagon! Participants learn about the Pioneers, why they moved to Indiana, and what that move was like. They engage in a hands-on activity to plan their trip to Indiana. This is a 30 minute program. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum

Day in the Life of a Pioneer: Participants will learn about Indiana in the early 1800s. They will discover Pioneer culture and everyday life through interactive discussion and hands-on activities. This is a 45 minute program. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Search the Museum: Participants take a guided look at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum exhibits through the use of a questionnaire. The Battlefield Museum explores Native American settlements and lifestyles, early Pioneer life, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison’s election as President, and much more. This is 30 minute program. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Fun at the Fort: Participants will explore some of the past times French and Native children would have experienced at Fort Ouiatenon such as foot races, graces, and other games of chance and skill! This is a 30 minute program offered at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park.

Fur Trade: Ouiatenon was a French fur trade post. Students will learn about the fur trade with an opportunity to try their own hand at trading using traditional trade good items. This is a 30 minute program offered at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park.

Architecture Walking Tour: Participants take a walk up Historic Ninth Street Hill and a step back into 19th century Lafayette. Learn how to identify five styles of 19th century architecture. Discover the people who lived in these impressive homes on outskirts of town. This 45 minute program begins at the Fowler House.

Adult Groups:

Conflict of Cultures: Explore the Battle of Tippecanoe! Through an interactive discussion participants will learn about the factors leading to the Battle, the primary characters involved, the major impacts of the Battle, and take part in a dramatic account of the Battle. This is a 30 minute program. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Woodland Indian Lifestyles: Participants will learn about pre-contact Woodland Indian lifestyles and culture through artifacts, interactive displays, games, and crafts. This 45 minute program offers a fun, interactive approach to Woodland Indian life. Offered at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum.

Architecture Walking Tour: Participants take a walk up Historic Ninth Street Hill and a step back into 19th century Lafayette. Learn how to identify five styles of 19th century architecture. Discover the people who lived in these impressive homes on outskirts of town. This 45 minute program begins at the Fowler House.

Staff Ride Tour:

The staff ride tour is a military training exercise in which participants, (active or reserve duty personnel, officer training or ROTC classes) conduct a detailed study of a military action based on classroom and field instruction.

The program normally assumes that participants have studied the staff ride handbook for the Tippecanoe Battlefield, titled To Compel with Armed Force, by Maj. Harry Tunnel, USA, and available for download from the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/CSI/.

The program includes a welcome and orientation session by TCHA staff ride volunteers, a tour of the museum, and time for questions, answers, and interaction. The final phase is a walking tour of the battlefield itself. Commanders may choose to have this phase of the program interpreted by TCHA personnel, but many choose to assign responsibility for discussing the details of the battle to their own troops or cadets as they progress around the field.

Cost of the program is $4.00 per person, and the tour can take from two hours to half a day, depending on the participants’ schedule.