to preserve, protect and promote the history of
Switzerland County, Indiana
Switzerland County Historical Society
208 E. Market St.
Vevay, In. 47043
copyright 2011 Switzerland County Historical Society
Benefits of membership include:
Yearbook & Newsletters
Gift Shop Discount
Volunteer Opportunities & More
Daily Noon to 4:00 PM
The Switzerland County Historical Society, organized in 1925, is one of the oldest of Indiana’s county historical societies. The society has collected with a vision for the future by preserving a wide range of artifacts and documents that relay the county’s unique past. The historical society owns and operates two museums and is developing a third site.
200 Objects, 200 Years
Switzerland County Bicentennial Stories
Patchwork of History was a major event of Vevay's Bicentennial. We decided to share the show here on line.
General meetings: April 4th, June 6th, August 1st, November 7th (annual meeting) ~ Programs and locations TBA
Historic Firearms Shoot
Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 4 pm
Switzerland County Sportsman Club
at 11437 Bennington Pike
On display and available for you to load and shoot will be long guns of the era 1780 to 1860. Will include flintlocks, percussion, rifles and smoothbores with all the accoutrements. Visitors can just watch or can shoot, and if they desire also load the guns. Certified instructors, range officers and experienced muzzle loading shooters will supervise.
Conservators’ Holiday ~ 8th annual event
May 16th – 20th (Monday – Friday)
Join us for a week of learning, volunteering and camaraderie as we tackle projects at the museums and farmstead. Article about presenters & projects in the next newsletter.
“The Peak Sisters”
April 15th, 16th, 17th at the Hoosier Theater
A curious photo in the museum collection of women in peaked hats, dated May of 1888, initiated research that led to the discovery of a play written in 1887. Returning to Vevay after 128 years, performed by a daring group of historical society members. Light hearted humor surely to please.
“Big Doin’s” Tent Chautauqua & Art Fair
Saturday, July 16th ~ 10 am to 5 pm
All day Art Fair featuring local artisans and an old-fashioned tent Chautauqua with music and entertainment throughout the day.
Storyfest ~ 23rd annual event
September 15th & 16th
Fieldtrip for Switzerland County youth in grades 1-6. Three venues, sharing the many ways to tell a story, through music, dance oral tradition and theatrical experiences. The historical society sponsors this event.
Rural Heritage Tour
October 1st & 2nd
Visit the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge to experience the life styles of the Swiss immigrants who made Switzerland County their home. Details in future newsletters.
“All Hallows Eve”
October 21st & 22nd ~ Thiebaud Farmstead
Old-fashioned fun and games based on actual 19th century traditions and customs that were celebrated by Americans in the 1860s time period.
Indiana Masterpiece ~ Play
November 18th ~ 20th
"ExtraOrdinary Lives" We are pleased to announce we have been awarded an Indiana Masterpiece grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, celebrating the state’s bicentennial. A play is being written by Libby Kinman and Don Morrison, depicting a journey through time from statehood into the 20th century. Conversations over time and space introduces renowned people who once called Switzerland County home.
A Country Christmas
Saturday, December 10th from 10 am to 4 pm
Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge, where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.