Chautauqua-Wawasee and Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the third annual series of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans in northeastern Indiana.
The three programs are presented over a three-day period, September 2-4, with the first two one-hour programs held at the Syracuse Community Center; the third program will be held from 9:00 AM to noon on Saturday, September 4, at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation Amphitheater. All programs are offered free of charge and open to the public. Each program features presenters with expert knowledge and provides an interactive environment for discussion and hands-on examination of artifacts.
This year’s programs are:
Thursday, September 2, 6:30 – 7:30 at the Syracuse Community Center
Dr. Jeff Pyle will discuss and display a portion of the renowned Fred Bartol Collection of Prehistoric Indian Artifacts. This is considered to be one of the finest collections of mid-west pre-historic Indian relics! It was compiled by Warsaw’s Fred Bartol, who began collecting at a young age and collected his entire life. Upon his death in 1972, the collection was packed up and put away until Dr. Jeff Pyle acquired it in 2019.
Friday, September 3, 6:30 – 7:30 at the Syracuse Community Center
Notre Dame professors and researchers, Dr. Mark Schurr and Dr. Madeleine McLeester, will be speaking about what archaeologists know about northern Indiana from the very first humans to settle here over 10,000 years ago through the historic occupations of the Potawatomi and Miami, with a special focus on Kosciusko County. The speakers will also present some new results from their ongoing research, the Kankakee Protohistory Project, which investigates how past societies used the Kankakee Marsh environment as well as changes to the marsh itself through time. Join us for an evening filled with everything from woolly mammoths to sprawling mound centers, and uncover Indiana’s unique and rich archaeological past.
Saturday, September 4, 9:00 – Noon at the Wawasee Area Conservancy Ruddell Pavilion
Five individual programs are being offered:
Myaamia (Miami Native American) Plant Traditions 9:00 – 10:30
Led by Dani Tippmann at WACF Amphitheater
Follow Myaamia history as we look at the lives of the plants who accompany us on our journey through time. [See insert for more details]
French Influence in the area 10:30 – Noon
Led by Joe Zdziebko
Joe Zdziebko, dressed as a 1750s French Marine will display and discuss his equipment, uniform, musket, furs, maps, etc. He will also talk about old sayings that are still used today. [See insert for more details]
Flintknapping Hands-on 10:30 – Noon
Led by Jeff Mesaros
Want to know how native American artifacts were made by hand? Jeff Mesaros will show you how. And here’s your chance to try making one!
Kayak Display 10:30 – Noon
Led by Mike Smith
Mike will display and describe his hand-built 17-foot sea kayak.
Archaeological Dig for Children 10:30 – Noon
Led by Jamie Clemons
Through this hands-on activity, students will “dig” for artifacts, documenting findings through drawings and notes.
The ChautauquaWawasee website and Facebook have more details, as does the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum and their website. Please call with questions at 574-377-7543.
Based in Syracuse, Chautauqua-Wawasee is a non-profit organization that provides life-enriching programs for the northern Indiana region.
The Chautauqua Fun Film Festival is this Saturday, August 7, at 10am at the Pickwick Theater in Syracuse. Attendance is free. The Festival consists of video clips shot by Syracuse-area residents of fun family times around the lake or home. Over fifty clips were submitted by area residents showing dogs having fun in the water, kids doing silly things, bouncing and flipping tubes, fireworks, biking and other family fun times. The videos were collected and submitted over the last 45-days, orchestrated by Chautauqua-Wawasee, and produced into a fast-paced film by Ryan Snider and Matt Wuthrich, recent Wawasee High School graduates. Following the viewing, awards will be presented in five categories: Fun with pets, kids’ fun, biking, tubing and a wildcard category. The public is invited to this one-time community event 10:00am – 10:30am. We certainly hope to see everyone there!
This Festival brings together 30 local and regional artists from around the northern Indiana area.
The outdoor setting provides a family-friendly environment. Food vendors are onsite for snacks and lunch, with outside seating available. Also, the Pier and Back Porch at Oakwood offers a full menu with both indoor and outdoor lakefront dining overlooking beautiful Lake Wawasee. Children’s activities and playground are available. Attendance is free. Stop by our booth for a giveaway.
What: Oakwood Fine Art Festival
When: June 12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana
Free to attend. Registration requested, but not required
Don’t forget to stop by the Chautauqua tent for a giveaway!