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Join us for a tour of the sanctuaries of First Presbyterian, First Christian, First United Methodist, and God's Missionary Baptist churches. As well as seeing these beautiful spaces in their holiday splendor along with festive music accompaniment, there will also be presentations highlighting the history and architecture of each church. In addition, a special music performance will take place at First United Methodist at 7 p.m. The event will continue with refreshments and a sing-along at the Bartholomew County History Center at 8 p.m. Children under 12 are free and tickets can be reserved by calling 812-372-3541 or purchased at the Historical Society, Viewpoint Books, or the Visitors Center. You may join the tour at any of the churches listed at any time. Transportation between each location will not be provided. Hope to see you there!
Participating locations are:
First Presbyterian Church
512 7th St, Columbus, IN 47201
First Christian Church
531 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201
First United Methodist Church
618 8th St, Columbus, IN 47201
God's Missionary Baptist Church
455 8th St, Columbus, IN 47201
Spring on The Farm:
May 12th and 13th at The Henry Breeding Farm. The event runs from 9 am- 1 pm both days.
Spring on the Farm brings back 19th century farming and domestic life skills to a new generation of children. This is Bartholomew County Historical Society's Signature Educational program, now in its 16th year. This unique hands on experience, presented by BCHS mentors and Hauser Junior High School 7th and 8th graders, highlights farm life from the years 1880-1920 and is open to all area schools. We have many great activities such as open fire cooking, steam engines, gas engines, rope making, hand tools, butter churning, spinning/weaving/rug hooking, farm animals and more! Special demonstrations of musical presentations will be offered at times throughout the day.
Children will love the opportunity to learn from their peers in such a rich environment!
To Make Reservations: Call 812-372-3541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is $2 per child/Teachers & Chaperones Free
Did you see the 1918 Steam Engine Tractor at the 4H Fair? Come see the engine in Action at the Reeves Breakfast Festival on July 23rd at the Henry Breeding Farm. Go for a ride on the 20 ton 25 hp Reeves Steam Tractor as it travels down the farm lane.
The Festival includes all you can eat breakfast, homemade ice cream, games for kids, a scavenger hunt, giant chess set, and blacksmithing demonstrations. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for BCHS members, and $5 for children 3-12 and are available at the BCHS Museum, 524 Third St or by phone at 812-372-3541.
Come out to the Henry Breeding Farm and see vintage farm machinery, celebrate the outstanding legacy of the Reeves family, and enjoy a hearty breakfast!Find out more »
Bartholomew County Public Library
Friday, September 16: 9 am- 3 pm
Saturday, September 17: 10 am- 4:30 pm
Sunday, September 18: 2 pm- 6 pm
Bicentennial Celebration 4:30 pm- 8 pm
Throughout the Library and outdoors on the Plaza
Learn about local history by seeing a diverse and unique sampling of memorabilia and meet people and organizations that have a passion for preserving our heritage!
The Historical Society will be there, along with our 1907 Worth Model A Automobile, and our 25 HP Reeves Steam Traction Engine!Find out more »
Join us on Thursday, October 20th at 6 pm at the Henry Breeding Farm for our 2016 Annual Meeting.
We will be doing a Bicentennial Vintage Spirits program at 7 pm where we will be serving drinks from three different centuries!
Doors Open at 6 pm. Dinner at 6:30. Meeting at 6:45. Bicentennial Vintage Spirits at 7 pm.
$25 per Person for Non-Members. $20 per Person for Members.
Contact BCHS to reserve your tickets at 812-372-3541 or stop by the Museum at 524 Third Street in Columbus.Find out more »
Join the Bartholomew County Historical Society for the 2016 Steam School. Learn all about the 30,000 pound steam engine, from wheels to whistles! If you have ever envisioned yourself behind the wheel of the behemoth steam engine, this is your chance! Our steam engine tutors will teach all the steam engine basics, from stocking the fuel, checking the boilers, driving and steering, and of course, the whistle!
This 5 hour class includes lunch, and is a prerequisite for volunteering on the steam engine. All participants will be given an opportunity to drive the engine. If you want to join the steam crew, this class is for you!
The class runs on November 12th from 9 am until 2 pm. Cost is $30 per person. Registration is required. Call 812-372-3541 to reserve your spot.Find out more »
Bring a friend and learn to make a live evergreen wreath complete with festive decorations ready to hang on your door or just in time for holiday entertaining. Workshop instruction & humor provided by Jack Schmeckebier, former Irwin family gardener.
All materials provided…along with hot cider. Wear warm clothes—there’s NO HEAT in the barn. Bring pruning shears and gardening gloves.
Call BCHS at 812-372-3541 to register. Cost is $20.
Class will be held Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 2-4 PM in the Henry Breeding Farm Barn.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age.Find out more »
Come by and view our exhibit featuring 40 of Mrs. Miller's Creches and shop for stocking stuffers in our gift shop!
Also view our Christmas window display at 538 Washington Street featuring historic toys, furniture and a one horse open sleigh!Find out more »
Get into the holiday spirit by joining Bartholomew County Historical Society for it's annual Christmas Open House at the museum located at 524 Third Street in Columbus on Saturday, December 3 from 2-5 pm. Visit museum exhibits, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and peruse our gift shop's unique assortment of items, including old fashioned toys, earrings and advent calendars!
It's the perfect way to spend a cozy winter afternoon before heading to the Festival of Lights Parade!Find out more »
Blacksmithing Basics is an introductory course for those who have interest in, but no experience with, blacksmithing. The day will begin with an illustrated lecture on the fundamentals of ironwork, basic terminology, primary tools, forging dynamics, and safety. Students will then receive four hours of “hands-on” forge time with close personal supervision -- one instructor for every three students. Each student will forge their own functional drive hook, and may, if time and student progress allow, complete additional small decorative items.
For safety purposes, students must bring and wear safety glasses. Students must wear closed shoes (no sandals/flip-flops/etc.), avoid dangling jewelry, and wear only natural fiber clothing (cotton/wool/etc.). Students may wish to bring hearing protection and leather or cotton gloves. Other than the forge fire, there is no building heat so warm dress is recommended.
Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as there are no food services on the premises. A sack lunch has the added advantage of allowing a social lunch hour with everyone gathered around the forge fire.
Join us March 18, 2017, and immerse yourself in the science and mystery of the ancient art of blacksmithing. Conducted at the Bartholomew County Historical Society’s Henry Breeding Farm, the class will begin promptly at 9:00am and finish at 3:00pm.
Students will receive one hour of lecture/presentation followed by four hours of hands-on work at the forge.
9:00a - 10:00a Blacksmithing Basics Presentation
10:00a - Noon Hands-on Forgework
Noon - 1:00p Lunch in the smithy (students bring own sack lunch)
1:00p - 3:00p Hands-on Forgework
This class is now fully booked (as of 2/7). Please call if you would like to be added to the wait list.
We will be working with the Blacksmiths to secure two more dates this year, most likely one in the summer and one in the fall.
Cost is $20 per person for BCHS Members and $25 for non-members.
Reservations can be made by calling 812-372-3541 or visiting BCHS at 524 3rd Street in downtown Columbus during business hours.