Weekend Update: Haan Mansion 115th Anniversary Celebration & Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Great Hall at the Haan Mansion

This Friday, January 25, experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum, as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building, and now houses major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited there by Weller Pottery, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold medal for the Arts, are always on display. You’ll also find works by T.C. Steele and Charles Conner that were on display in the Fine Arts Palace at the Fair. Featured paintings from the Indiana Building include works by William Forsyth, John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin. Other major Fair souvenirs in the exhibition include andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, a Majolica statue, a 1760 candle stand that was displayed in the building at the Fair, a blow gun, stereopticons, and a wide variety of smaller objects. The World’s Fair was where nations, states and companies showed off the very best products and technologies of the time. Enjoy free admission, music, and refreshments.

Purdue Convocations bring to its guests Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! this Sunday, January 27. Based on the #1 PBS Kids series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! has delighted audiences nationwide for years. Now, this grrrr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show featuring your favorite characters! In King for a Day, Daniel learns just what it takes to be the King of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In this event filled with tiger-tastic fun, Daniel Tiger learns the importance of being a kind and helpful friend. Meanwhile, you can sing along to new songs, enjoy magical moments, and meet some surprise guests! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day is a royally great time!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Great Gatsby Gala & PMO Spring Show

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s official! It’s the first year for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association’s Great Gatsby Gala, taking place at the Fowler House on Saturday, April 1. Immerse yourself in the 1920s with this black-tie affair, and be sure to dress the part.  Gentlemen dress is black-tie, ladies dress is elegant attire, flapper or silent screen star. The Razzmatazz & Jazz Band from Ohio will be playing Dixieland Jazz music of the 1920s. Dancers from the Purdue Ballroom Dance Club will demonstrate some of the dances of the period with the band from the Charleston and Lindy to the Foxtrot. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Tickets include an open bar with 1920s cocktails, three courses of heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live New Orleans jazz band, period dance demonstrations, silent and live auctions, period exhibits and much more!

Razzmatazz & Jazz Band

Razzmatazz & Jazz Band

On Sunday, April 2, bring the family to the Long Center for the Performing Arts for the PMO Spring Show. The annual PMO Spring Show features the Purdue All-Campus & Community Chorale, Heart & Soul, Purdue Bells, and University Choir. Enjoy this great afternoon of music and fun!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 Details!

feastdrummergirlVisit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, September 7, 2015 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $350!

  • Stay in shape at the fitness centers, enjoy the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Beds or just play around at the Nintendo® Wii™ station in the atrium! Where? Four Points by Sheraton.
  • Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Visit the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & History Store, which displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers.  Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

  • The winner of this prize will get to pick a concert of his or her choice from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Would you pick the sounds of holiday music at the Holiday Pops, a fun-filled evening or another?
  • Want to Howl with the Wolves?  You can at Wolf Park, a park that is home to bison, wolves, foxes and coyotes!
  • Did you know Lafayette is home to the State of Connecticut building that was at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair? Tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, which features not only rich history, but also a huge collection of Indiana Art.
  • Feast on craft beer, unique sandwiches & great customer service at Lafayette Brewing Company.
  • Arni’s Pizza celebrates its 50 years in business this year and is hosting special events all year to celebrate! From Arni’s Junior Salads to loaded thin crust pizzas to ginormous submarine sandwiches, you will leave doing the happy dance.
  •  Every weekend at 9 Irish Brothers, enjoy musical entertainment as you feast on a Guinness, Irish fish and chips, authentic shepherd’s pie and more!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=6893 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner.

Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015!

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Click on the image to see the video!

Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous historical feast weekend that is full of fun entertainment! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $350 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, festivals and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: What are the names of the two Shawnee brothers who had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers in Tippecanoe County?  Their dreams led to the Battle of Tippecanoe, which was a monumental moment in history.

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Weekend Update: Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Museum & Tour the Town

IMG_4625Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Museum is open for the summer season! Step back in time to experience life at a French Fur Trading post and learn how modern archaeology has uncovered clues about this early Indiana settlement. The Blockhouse Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm May 30th through August 30th, 2015.

Interested in learning about Lafayette-West Lafayette? Hop on the “Tour the Town” bus this Saturday, June 5 and discover Purdue University campus, Chauncey Hill shops and downtown Lafayette’s restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops. CityBus offers narrated tours on Saturday mornings, May through September. Tours depart at 9:40 and 10:40am. No reservations are necessary. First come, first served. This route is FREE for all riders, all the time!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse

Kelly Lippie, Collections Assistant / Program Coordinator, for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, shares this blog.

The original Fort Ouiatenon was founded by French fur traders around 1717 along the banks of the Wabash River (just south of the Current city of Lafayette, IN) and holds the distinction of being the first permanent European settlement founded in Indiana. It was established as a trading post with the local Native Americans, who brought animal furs to the Europeans to trade for goods made of cloth, metal, glass and more. The fort changed hands several times before being abandoned around 1780. The exact location of the Fort was lost to memory until the early 1900’s when Indiana’s centennial celebration renewed interest in local history.

1930s Blockhouse

1930s Blockhouse

Dr. Richard B. Wetherill, a local physician, world traveler and amateur historian (and first president of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association!) led the charge to find the location of Fort Ouiatenon. In 1928, Dr. Wetherill purchased approximately nine acres of land that was believed to be the location of the historic fort and Native American villages. The land was presented to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in the hopes of using it to commemorate the historic events that took place there.

In 1930, Wetherill financed the building of a replica fort structure to commemorate the site. A great deal of research into historic records on Fort Ouiatenon and fort construction was undertaken in preparation for the structure. This building, simply known as “the Blockhouse,” was dedicated in 1930 and would come to be a local icon and a cherished historic structure in its own right. For many years, it was used for programs and annual meetings of the Historical Association, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Blockhouse was opened to visitors on a regular basis.

The first, informal, Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival was held at Fort Ouiatenon in 1957 as a special meal for members of the Association intended to re-create the 1930s membership meetings held in the Blockhouse by Wetherill. The program was repeated again over the years, growing in popularity each time. The land around the Blockhouse was transferred to the care of the Tippecanoe County Park Department and today the area is a true community partnership when it comes to care and maintenance.

Opening Ceremonies at the Feast!

Opening Ceremonies at the Feast!

In the 1960s, the actual location of the historic Fort Ouiatenon was discovered nearly one mile down river from the Blockhouse. New research into historic French fort construction also revealed that the Blockhouse was inaccurately laid out. The poles of a French building would have been placed vertical rather than horizontal as seen at the Blockhouse. Historians and archaeologists continue to research Fort Ouiatenon and the story told at the Blockhouse museum only continues to grow.

Today, the 85-year old Blockhouse stands as a mini- museum that still serves Dr. Wetherill’s original mission to educate and celebrate the early settlers and community at Fort Ouiatenon. Through the care of dedicated volunteer educators, the Blockhouse museum is open free to visitors during the summer months on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00. Every fall, the historic structure sits at the heart of the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, just as it has been for nearly half a century, welcoming visitors from all over the world.