Programs & Events

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Programs & Events

The Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum is proud to bring you exciting programs and events. Please stop by or call the Museum to register.

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

Upcoming Events:

Archaeology Month Presentation

September 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM in the Kiwanis Room

Wade Tharp, Archaeologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will be giving the presentation, Archaeology in Your Community. The presentation will discuss what archaeology is (and what it is not), explore prehistoric and historic archaeology in Indiana and in Kosciusko County, provide an overview of the laws that protect and preserve Hoosier archaeological resources, and reveal how you can get involved in archaeology.

In addition, Dana Northam, student at Ball State and under the supervision of archaeologists and professors in the Ball State University’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories, will be on hand to discuss the museum’s Dolan collection and some of the interesting discoveries while studying and cataloguing the collection.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Summer Events:

  • Centennial Homes:

    Do you want to learn more about homes around the Syracuse area that are over 100 years old? Then plan to join us this summer for our Centennial Homes presentations! Ann Vanderford Garceau and centennial home owners will talk about the challenges and joys of owning and up-keeping some of these remarkable homes. 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!

    The programs for 2018 are:
    July 28–Morrison Island
    August 18–South Shore


  • Youth History Club:

  • Do your children complain about being bored during the summer? Why not sign them up for the 2018 Youth History Club? We learn about a different topic each week. Contact the museum for this year’s topics and schedule. The program is designed around grades 1-6, but is open to all age groups.  This year will see the return of Archaeologist Cathy and her atlatl clinic! Hope to see you there! Free!

Fall 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 Syracuse Elementary School 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.

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