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:

    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!
    This program is funded by a grant from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

    The programs dates for 2020:
    July 25  “The Ties That Bind” Deister & Adams Families.
    August 15 “Ogden Island”

  • Youth History Club: June 4-August 6, 2020

    Do your children complain about being bored during the summer? The 2019 YHC was a tremendous hit! We learned about a different topic each week.  The program is designed around grades 1-6, but is open to all age groups.  Click YHC 2020 for a list of this year’s class offerings. This year, we have had to cancel a few presenters and rearrange our schedule because of closures due to COVID-19. Each meeting will be held in the Celebration Hall to allow more space for children and teachers during this uncertain summer. Our guest teacher this year will be Mike Clemons from Goshen Scout Troop 5 who will be teaching us some useful knot knowledge.  Hope to see you there! Free!
    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 an informational and fun-filled event each year specifically for the state-wide event. This year’s scheduled dates are September 3-5, 2020. We strive to make the Saturday portion of our programming a family event. The Archaeology Month event is co-sponsored by Chautauqua-Wawasee.
    The Saturday afternoon program is the final in a series celebration the Women’s Suffrage Centennial.
    This program is funded in part by grants from the Dekko Foundation and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

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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 is funded by the Dekko Foundation and the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

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