History on Tour
Bring the Museum to You!
Brought to you by The Tippecanoe County Historical Association
What is History on Tour?
The History on Tour program is a traveling exhibit that brings the museum to you! The mission of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association is to enrich the lives of Tippecanoe County residents and visitors by collecting, preserving and interpreting our unique and exciting history.
The History on Tour program is designed to generate interest and knowledge of local history and to build a broader and deeper county-wide audience for arts and culture of all kinds.
An exhibit in the History on Tour trailer includes real artifacts, documents and images from the permanent collection of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and relates specifically to Indiana and Tippecanoe County history.
What are the Space Requirements for the Trailer?
The History on Tour trailer must be located on a level, hard surface or parking lot. The trailer requires an additional 7 feet for the folding access ramp at the rear of the trailer (total length is 44 feet, including truck). The trailer is 9ft tall and provides its own electricity via a generator. It is wheel chair accessible. The trailer can accommodate 10 to 15 people at one time. The exhibit experience includes a pop-up tent that can be set up directly next to the trailer to shelter a hands-on activity lead by a TCHA Educator.
The trailer is parked outdoors and does not include heat or air conditioning.
What Exhibits are available in History on Tour?
Now showing in History on Tour:
Tippecanoe Tales: Discovery, Settlement and Growth
This exhibit features Tippecanoe County’s greatest hits! Visitors can explore some of the special features of Tippecanoe County, important historic sites and famous faces. This exhibit provides a quick overview of local history and can be tailored to compliment your special event. Exhibit experience includes a staff or volunteer educator from TCHA to lead hands-on activities in a pop-up tent next to the trailer.
Tippecanoe Tales: The Immigrant Experience
This exhibit is specially designed for schools and explores the settlement of Tippecanoe County from the perspective of an immigrant. The exhibit is designed to compliment Indiana school standards relating to immigration and the history of settlement in Indiana. Schools requesting this exhibit also receive a teacher resource packet with lesson plan ideas and information to help prepare students for the trailer’s visit. Both school and public event visits include a staff or volunteer educator from TCHA to lead hands-on activities in a pop-up tent next to the trailer.
How Can I reserve the Exhibit for a visit to my school or special event?
Reservations for History on Tour should be made at least 2 months in advance.
The exhibit requires 1 hour of set-up before it can be open to visitors and 1 hour of take-down time after the visitation time is over. Minimum exhibit time is 3 hours and maximum exhibit time is 7 hours.
Trailer will arrive at your school at 8:30 am and be ready for student visitors at 9:30am. Trailer must close for take-down at 2:00 pm. This allows 4 ½ hours for student visitors. The trailers can accommodate about 300 students during the day’s visit.
Cost for a full day school visit (total of 4.5 hours and 300 student visitors) is $500.00.
For Special Public Events:
Trailer must be at the site a minimum of 5 hours (including set-up and take-down time) for a minimum visitation time of 3 hours. Cost to reserve the trailer for an event is $300.00 minimum and $100.00 for each additional hour of visitation time.
All proceeds go to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, a non-profit organization, in support of this and other public history programs.
Payment is due on or before the date of the History on Tour trailer visit, invoices are available upon request.
If you would like to request the History on Tour trailer visit your school or community event, complete this form [Reservation Form] and email or send to:
Kelly Lippie, Program Coordinator and Collections Assistant
The Tippecanoe County Historical Association
(765) 476- 8411 ext. 206