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December 2016

2016 Christmas Open House

December 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bartholomew County History Center,
524 Third Street
Columbus, IN 47201 United States
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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!

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March 2017
$25

Heritage Arts: Blacksmithing Basics

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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Blacksmithing Basics

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.

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May 2017
$2

2017 Spring on the Farm

May 11 @ 9:00 am - May 12 @ 1:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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Spring on the Farm – 200 Years of Bartholomew County History
Date May 11 and 12, 2017

Cost: $2 per child. 1 adult free for every 5 children.

Length: 9-1

Location: Henry Breeding Farm

Advanced reservations are required

The Bartholomew County Historical Society presents Spring on the Farm-200 Years of Indiana History on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th 2017 This unique, hands on experience held at the Henry Breeding Farm highlights the changes in farm life and is open to all area schools.  We have many ongoing activities and special timed demonstrations.

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August 2017

Breaking the Mold: A Floral Design Show

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
Bartholomew County History Center,
524 Third Street
Columbus, IN 47201 United States
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Learn about five Columbus women who challenged the social norms of their time, and see Fresh floral designs created by the garden club members capturing the spirit of each one of these remarkable women.

Presented in Conjunction with Columbus Mudlarks Garden Club

12-4 PM on both Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13

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September 2017

Reeves Festival: Powering the Past

September 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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Steam Engines, Garden Tours & Music Highlight Look at Past

Columbus, Indiana – Area residents are invited to experience Bartholomew County history while enjoying a day in the country. Reeves Festival: Powering the Past is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 11:00-4:00 at the Henry Breeding Farm. Taking the place of the former Reeves Pancake Breakfast, the event will feature BBQ pork and chicken with traditional side dishes, wine and beer, home tours, and many activities for adults and children, including corn shelling and grinding and steam engine rides. Music will be provided by the Banister Family Bluegrass Band. The South Central Indiana Master Gardeners Association created new gardens at the Farm earlier this year and will offer tours and tastings of food prepared with local ingredients.

 

“An understanding of the past is essential,” said board president Jason Hatton, “without that, it is impossible to make sense of the present or prepare for the future.” Designed to inspire, excite and inform, Powering the Past highlights the accomplishments of the Reeves family. With more than 100 patents, the family’s inventions changed the way we live today.

 

It began in the mid-1800s, when a young Milton Reeves noticed his co-workers could not control the speed of the pulleys used to power saws in the sawmill where he worked. This caused the wood to split and created waste. After some months of study and experimentation, he invented a variable-speed transmission to control the saws’ speed. Over the years, Milton and his brothers built an early American automobile (called a motocycle at the time); created a double muffler; produced an air cooled, valve-in-head motor and much more. The variable speed transmission continued to be made by the Reeves Pulley Company until 1955 when the company was acquired by the Reliance Electric Company. The vast Reeves collection comprises the largest collection owned by the Historical Society. Several of these items will be on view at the event.

 

Tickets are $10 for BCHS members, $12 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the History Center or at the event. For more information, visit www.bartholomewhistory.org or call 812.372.3541. The Bartholomew County History Center is located at 524 Third Street and is open to the public Tuesday-Friday; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

The Bartholomew County Historical Society collects and preserves Bartholomew County artifacts, photographs, and documents. Through interpretive programs and displays, BCHS teaches the heritage of our region enriching both present and future generations.

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October 2017
$20

Appalachian Style Broom Making Class

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bartholomew County History Center,
524 Third Street
Columbus, IN 47201 United States
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Looking to add a special touch to your fall decorations or like learning traditional crafts? The Bartholomew County Historical Society is offering a traditional Appalachian style broom making class on Friday, October 6th from 6:30-7:30pm at the museum on 3rd Street in Columbus. The class will be taught by our very own Jack of all trades, Jack Schmeckebier. The cost is $20 per person. Call (812) 372-3541 to reserve your spot!

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November 2017
$25

Blacksmithing Basics

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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Blacksmithing Basics

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 November 11, 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 11:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm.

Students will receive one hour of lecture/presentation followed by four hours of hands-on work at the forge.

If you have already taken Blacksmithing Basics, we can cater a project specifically to your needs.

 

Cost is $25 per person.
Reservations can be made by calling 812-372-3541 or visiting BCHS at 524 3rd Street in downtown Columbus during business hours.

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$20

Holiday Wreath Making Thursday Class

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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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 Miller 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 Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 10 AM - 12 PM in the Henry Breeding Farm Barn.

 

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$40

Steam School 2017

November 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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Join the Bartholomew County Historical Society for the 2017 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 18th from 9 am until 2 pm. Cost is $40 per person. Registration is required. Call 812-372-3541 to reserve your spot.

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$20

Holiday Wreath Making Saturday Class

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Henry Breeding Farm,
13730 W 100 North
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States
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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 Miller 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 18, 2017 from 1 - 3 PM in the Henry Breeding Farm Barn.

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