After a brief 2-year hiatus, Wayne County Writes is BACK! On Saturday, 9/17, creative writers will take over the Wayne County Historical Museum for "A Write at the Museum". Offering workshops, lunch, and a plethora of story ideas, this conference is a great way to spend your day. For tickets visit: https://waynecountywrites.com/****More details to come!!
History and Heritage
The Wayne County Historical Museum is pleased to announce Around the World with Julia Meek-Gaar. The founder of the Wayne County Historical Museum Julie Meek-Gaar loved to travel the world and bring home artifacts so the children of Wayne County could learn about different cultures. Julia loved sharing her artifacts so much that on August 13th 1929, she purchased the old Hicksite Quaker Meeting House which still houses our museum today!
Could you live in an 1839 home? Discover what life was like in the early 1800s for the Coffin family children. Compare the chores you do today with chores they did (without electricity!), find out how school was different back then versus now, and learn many fun tidbits like how long it took to make butter.Tickets are $3/person, 25% discount for members. Registration required the day before the program.The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. with those in attendance. If you miss the 10 a.m. start time, you will need to attend a future tour.
In a live performance, hear Levi Coffin recount his travels and trials while assisting freedom-seekers along the Underground Railroad. There is more work to do with more risk each day. Would you help?Tickets are $5/person, 25% discount for members. Registration required by 5 p.m. on Sept. 16.
The annual Levi Coffin Days festival returns to Fountain City. This outdoor festival hosted by the Fountain City Lions Club features vendors, food, performances and a parade. Visit the Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site during the festival weekend, and enjoy $2 off admission per person. Tours will take place every 30 minutes on Sept. 17, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Tours on Sept. 18 will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reserve a spot for one of the tours by calling (765) 847-1691.
Meet Harriet Tubman – known as Moses during her years aiding freedom-seekers on their journeys north from Maryland on the Underground Railroad. Learn about Tubman’s life, hear stories of her escapes, ask questions about her work with the Underground Railroad and more.Tickets are $8/adults (ages 18+), $5/youth (ages 3-17), 25% discount for members.
Learn why herb gardens were important to early 19th-century homes in Indiana, then feel, smell and discover what you can create using herbs from the garden. Plus, plant an herb to take home with you!Tickets are $7/youth, 25% discount for members. Registration required by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.
Discover the role Henry Way played in Newport as the town’s doctor and as a helper to the Coffins with their work on the Underground Railroad, plus explore how 19th-century doctors trained and practiced during this event featuring Dr. Tom Hamm and Dr. Victor Kumar, professors of history and anthropology at Earlham College.Tickets are $8/person, $6/senior (ages 60+), 25% discount for members. Registration required by Aug. 10
Newport, Indiana – now known as Fountain City – was well known before the Civil War as a place of safety for freedom-seekers, or runaway slaves. On this half-mile walking tour, visit locations in town and find out how Newport residents like Levi and Catharine Coffin were instrumental in providing support along the Underground Railroad.Tickets are $5/person, $10/family of four or more. Registration required one day prior to the program.
The Depot Building is celebrating its 120th, this Thursday, July 7, 2022!! The building will be open to the public for tours from Noon to 3PM. The building is currently the offices for Better Homes and Gardens First Realty Group, EDC of Wayne County/Home in Wayne, and the carriage house is occupied by PeaK Nutrition.A little bit of history from Waynet.org: The Depot was built in 1902 and is Neo-Classical in style.