Calendar of Events

Blue Star Museums

The Center for History is joining with over 800 other museums across the country to offer free admission to all U.S. military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The special offer is valid from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A military ID is required.
When: Mon May 26 10:00 AM - Mon September 1 5:00 PM
Where: Center for History

Insights in History – Play Ball! The South Bend Silver Hawks

Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Silver Hawks, talks about the history of baseball history in South Bend, including the concept to form the South Bend Silver Hawks, its development, and all the changes that have taken place in recent years. A guided tour of the exhibit Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is offered. Admission is $3 or $1 for members. Reservations are required by August 4.
When: Wed August 6 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Center for History

Moonlight & Merlot at the Mansion: Dueling Mansions: Copshaholm vs. Ruthmere

Both the J.D. Oliver family and the Beardsley family made their home in the Michiana community. Each lived in impressive mansions, the Olivers in South Bend, at a house they called Copshaholm and the Beardsleys in Elkhart, at Ruthmere. Hear Curator of Copshaholm Kristie Erickson and Ruthmere Executive Director Bill Firstenberger share anecdotes, interesting facts, and images as they compare the heritage, homes, and history of these two regional giants. Tickets for each event of “Moonlight and Merlot at the Mansion” are $16/adults and $14/members, and features a talk, twilight tour of the historic house, and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks as well as an assortment of cheese and fruit. Reservations required. Call (574) 235-9664, ext. 233 or go online at reservation.centerforhistory.org
When: Thu August 14 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Center for History

Antiques & Architecture: Behind the Scenes at the Oliver Mansion

Carved ivory, porcelain, gold, silver, oak, mahogany, and a deer head. What do these have in common? They all describe artifacts found in the 38-room Oliver Mansion. Enjoy learning about some of these furnishings and decorative arts in this specialty tour conducted by Deputy Executive Director Brandon Anderson. The tour features objects and areas not seen on standard tours, and includes up-close inspections of antiques and a look into the Butler’s Pantry silver vault. Tour is limited. Reservations required. Call 235-9664, ext. 233. $20/general; $18/members.
When: Sat August 16 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Center for History

Sumption Prairie Cemetery Tour: The Fast & the Furious

This twilight tour of Sumption Prairie Cemetery features grave sites and markers related to transportation mishaps, and is led by Travis Childs, Director of School Programs. Meet at the cemetery’s entrance at the northwest corner of Kern Road and Sumption Trail. $2. No pets, please. The tour will not take place if weather is inclement. No pets, please. The tour will not take place if weather is inclement.
When: Thu August 21 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

White Glove Specialty Tour

On this exclusive, curator-led tour of the 38-room Oliver Mansion, you’ll view items not seen on regular tours. The curator will open closets, cupboards, drawers, cabinets, and more. Tour is limited. Reservations required; call 235-9664, ext. 233. $20/general; $15/members.
When: Sat September 20 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Center for History

Mystery at the Mansion

When: Fri October 17 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Center for History

Mystery at the Mansion

When: Fri October 24 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Center for History