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The Gallery After Dark: “Caring for the Wounded in World War I”

Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
World War I caused millions of casualties on the battlefield. But advancements in medicine saved many more from dying. Practices and techniques that were put into place during “The Great War” evolved into the modern triage procedures practiced today. Learn about the evolution of medicine during World War I and how it changed the devastations of warfare when military historian Robert Dunn presents “Caring for Wounded.” Curator-led tours of the exhibit World War I: The War to End All Wars and wine and cheese are part of the evening. $16/adults, $14/members. Reservations required. Call 235-9664, ext. 233 or go online at Use “Your Key to History” to earn museum rewards at this event.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall, 6501 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN
"Identify the Fashion Decade" is just one of the interactive experiences the Center for History is offering at a Book Fair and book-signing taking place at Barnes & Noble, University Park Mall. Special prizes will be given to those who correctly identify the decade of pictures featuring historic clothing from the Center for History's collection. Notre Dame Professor Linda Przybyszewski will be signing copies of her book The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. Copies of paper doll books written and illustrated by Center for History Honorary Trustee Norma Lu Meehan will be available for sale. And last, but hardly least, a percentage of purchases made that day using a special voucher available online or in-store will be contributed to the Center for History. Learn more by visiting Barnes & Noble.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664

Insights in History – Clothes Make the Man: 400 Years of Historic Clothing

Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
Erica Kirk, Registrar at the Center for History, chronicles the transformations of clothing over the past 400 years. A tour of the Historic Clothing Case as well as a display on clothing through the decades will be offered. Admission is $3 or $1 for members. Reservations are required by September 29.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Mystery at the Mansion: Dearly Departed

Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
A young woman is to inherit a large sum of money from her grandmother’s estate. The only stipulation is that she be married. The woman has returned from a trip abroad with news that she has “tied the knot.” But just as the couple is settling into married life, the woman makes a startling announcement: Her husband has taken a new job halfway across the world. When he will return, she does not know. The town is buzzing with gossip. Something just doesn’t seem quite right. Did he leave town for his work? Did he meet with an untimely death? Did she really get married? This popular mystery needs all your investigative skills to track down the true story. Tickets are limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Purchase online at or by calling 235-9664. $15/adults; $13/seniors; $11/members; $9/youth.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Historic New Carlisle, Inc. 25th Anniversary Open House

The Old Republic, 304 E. Michigan Street, New Carlisle
Historic New Carlisle, Inc. is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with an open house from 2 - 5. A special presentation to honor founder Dan Schumaker will take place at 3:00 pm and special guest speaker Todd Zeiger from Indiana Landmarks will be on hand to speak. Open to the public.

Dana Groves, 574 654-3897

International Day of Prayer for Peace

Union Center Church of the Brethren 70535 CR 11, Nappanee, IN 46550 (Corner of County Rds 11 & 50)
"Visions and Dreams of Building Peace." Connecting people with Jesus. An ecumenical and community observance will take place, built around text Matthew 25:31-40. The service, which will be less than 1/2 hour long, will take place outdoors and will include a reflection in honor of the alternative service of the late Carlyle Frederick, as part of the Starvation Experiment during the 2nd World War. This service will feature song, prayer and responsive readings.

Frank Ramirez - Senior Pastor

Natural Inks and Reed Pens

Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park, Osceola, IN
Fee: $3/person
Discover the way people wrote for centuries, before ballpoints and texting. Use materials from nature to make ink and natural pens, then practice writing. All materials provided. Ages 8 to adult. Children will need adult help. Registration and payment required by Sept. 29. To register call 574-654-3155.

Jamie Hartzke574-277-4828

Trail of Courage Living History Festval

4 miles north of Rochester, Indiana, on US 31 & CR 375 N.
Trail of Courage
Living History Festival
Food, Frontier Music, Indian dances, Traders
Admissions: $7.00 Adults, $3.00 Kids 6-11, 5 & under free

4 miles north of Rochester, Ind. on US 31 & Tippecanoe River. No dogs or animals allowed except to assist handicapped and pre-approved program animals.

Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. 574-223-4436 Website:
Produced in cooperation with the Fulton County Tourism Commission
and Indiana Arts Commission.
Fun for the whole family!!!

Melinda Clinger, Museum Director

The Gallery After Dark - “Community of the Dead: Remembering the Great War”

Center for History, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
Come to the dark side—meet the museum after hours and visit the exhibit World War I: The War to End All Wars. Hear Tom Murphy, Ph.D., IU South Bend, talk about the thousands of American soldiers who left their country for the very first time to fight on foreign soil and who would never see their homeland again. Take a curator-led tour of “The Home Front” and “Memorial Wall,” offered by Kristie Erickson and Travis Childs. Experience a dramatic reading by Bill Svelmoe, along with a wine-and-cheese reception. $16/adults, $14/members. Reservations required. Call 235-9664, ext. 233 or go online at Use “Your Key to History” to earn museum rewards at this event.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Astrophysics to Zebrafish: 150 Years of Science at Notre Dame

Center for History, Raclin Gallery of Notre Dame History
In 1865, just 23 years after the University of Notre Dame was founded, the school established science as a course of study. Over the last 150 years, the field has grown into a major educational and research enterprise at the school. Today, Notre Dame’s College of Science offers courses in applied mathematics and statistics, biological science, chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, and physics. Research efforts of the nearly 2,500 faculty and students in Notre Dame’s College of Science achieve significant results. Through such artifacts as early lab equipment, molecule models, and fossils, the exhibit captures all the intrigue and discovery of science, as well as the moments of research that have impacted the country, and indeed, the world.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Polished in Public, Fierce on the Field: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Center for History, Lower Level Gallery, 808 W. Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was an all-female professional baseball league that was begun by Philip Wrigley in 1943 and stayed active until 1954. The women chosen to play in the new league were serious athletes on the field who were expected to be beautiful and ladylike at all other times. These special women were successful on both counts.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,

Answering the Call: The Olivers and World War I

Center for History, Carroll Gallery, 808 W Washington St., South Bend, IN 46601
The impact of World War I on the city of South Bend is explored through the eyes of local industrialist J. D. Oliver. As the President of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, J. D. saw the war influence not only his business but also his family, friends, and personal life. The exhibit chronicles wartime shortages and embargoes, as well as the extraordinary lengths to which the Olivers answered the call to personal service in support of the war effort.

Marilyn Thompson,, (574) 235-9664

World War I: The War to End All Wars

Center for History - 808 W. Washington South Bend, IN 46601
It was 100 years ago in 1914 that World War I began with the murder of Archduke Ferdinand. Nation after nation lined up to fight on either the side of the Entente, led by France, or the Central Powers, led by Imperial Germany. These alliances had been building for over 20 years, with each side nursing old wounds and ready for revenge against past insults. All anticipated the battles would be over by Christmas, thinking new and improved technology would provide a definitive edge. Little did they conceive of a war that would last until 1918 and encompass the entire globe. Nor did they anticipate that it would cost the lives of 10 million soldiers, severely impair another 20 million and create 10 million refugees. In the summer of 1914, the war looked like a chance to prove one’s manhood rather than--as it became--a descent into hell.

Marilyn Thompson, 574-235-9664,