Programs & Events

Four participants of the 2019 Night At The Museum program returned for an encore performance during the Dolan Collection open house.
Participants are (from left to right): Ryan Mack (Chief Papakeechie), Grayson Lashley (Chief Wawasee), Ivan Waikel (Joseph P. Dolan), and Maddox Ringler (Eli Lilly)

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum is proud to bring you exciting programs and events. 

Event Sponsorship: If you or your business would like to sponsor an event for the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, contact Jamie Clemons, the Museum’s Director. (574) 457-3599 or email at

Summer Events:

  • Centennial Homes:

    The museum is proud to bring you the 8th annual Centennial Homes program.  What started as a showcase of 100+ year old homes in our community has branched out to include the history of communities and people within the area.  Syracuse resident and native, Ann Vanderford Garceau brings an educational and insiteful look into the homes, communities, and people that have been a part of the town of Syracuse before and since its establishment in 1837.
    If you have a lake area home that is +100 years old and would like to participate, please contact the museum for more information. All participants receive a plaque as a thank you for participating. Free!
    This program is funded by a grant from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.
    The programs dates for 2023, and both programs begin at 10:30am in the community center gym.
    July 8: Fish Hatchery: Papakeechie Lake
    August 12: Fish Hatchery: TBD

  • Youth History Club: June 1-August 3, 2022

    Do your children complain about being bored during the summer? The YHC 2022 was a tremendous hit! We learned about a different topic each week, including clothing, sewing, drum making, and a visit with opossums from Werling Animal Rehab.  The program is designed around grades 1-6, but is open to all age groups.
    Our guest teachers this year will be Cathy Draeger-Williams, an archaeologist from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources–Department of Historic Preservation & Archaeology and Mary Null, a high school chemistry teacher and avid beading artist.   Hope to see you there! FREE!
    The YHC 2023 schedule is now ready!  Each meeting will be held in the Celebration Hall and/or outside to allow more space for children and teachers.
    This program is funded by a grant from the Dekko Foundation.

Archaeology Month

  • September is Indian Archaeology Month throughout the state. The museum makes an effort to bring a FREE, informational, and fun-filled event each year specifically for the state-wide event. This year’s scheduled dates are August 31,September 1-2, 2022. We strive to make the Saturday portion of our programming a family event, though children are welcome to all events. The Archaeology Month event is co-sponsored by Chautauqua-Wawasee.
    This program is funded in part by grants from the Dekko Foundation and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

    • Programs are:
      • August 31, 6:30-7:30pm: T.J. Honeycutt: The Paradise Spring Treaty, 1826
      • September 1, 6:30-7:30pm: Lynn MacKaben Brown: Dominique Rousseau: 1st Permanent White Resident of Kosciusko County
      • September 2, 10:00am-Noon: Held on the WACF property (weather permitting).
        • Jim Bickel & Michelle Edington: Bring your own artifact
        • Mike Judson: Five Medals Living History
        • Angie Butler: Metal Detecting in Archaeology
        • Joe Zdziebko: 1750s French Marine
        • Jeff Mesaros: Flintknapping demonstration
        • Jamie Clemons: Atlatl Weapon Demonstration

Fall/Spring Events

  • Living History
    Join us as the Syracuse Elementary 4th grade students present a “Night At The Museum: A Living History” presentation. The participants present prominent historical figures from our community, including dressing as their characters. 
  • We are working with the Wawasee School Corporation in scheduling our next event.

Educational Outreach Programs for Elementary School Classrooms:

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum has a mission of sharing local history with all members of the community – including school children! Our Educational Outreach Program aims to excite students about our town and county history through hands-on activities and interdisciplinary learning. All programs are tied to Indiana State Core Standards for Social Studies and can be tailored to emphasize specific learning objectives or topics at the request of classroom teachers.
Educational Outreach Programs are designed to be held in school classrooms or take place on site at the museum. Museum tours and scavenger hunts for children are also available by request. Most programs are free; donations are appreciated. Some program expansions may require a small fee per student for supply costs.
Education Outreach for 2022-2023 is funded by the Dekko Foundation.

Check out the “Educator” tab and contact the museum to learn more and schedule your visit!