History for the Future

"To Make a Beginning"
A film presented by the 
Musée de Venoge


7:00 P.M.
Friday, August 6, 2021
At the History Center

To Make a Beginning is the story of Jacob and Charlotte Weaver, the first owners of the Venoge Cottage, near Vevay in Switzerland County. From the promise of a prosperous new life to the realities of crop failures, sickness, death and frontier violence we follow Jacob, Charlotte, their family and others as they create and shape the new State of Indiana. Jacob prophetically wrote in one letter: “It’s hard to make a beginning for one who comes to a new place with empty hands." To Make a Beginning is a film of choices freely made and the reality of consequences accepted. This is the recounting of forgotten lives and individuals whose names you never knew. Their actions helped shape who you are today. It is the quintessential American Story. Filmed on location in Switzerland County, Indiana.

Historical Introduction
There will be a special pre-screening presentation by 
Sara and Matthew Vosmeier, historicans from Hanover College.

Also remarks and Introduction by Steve Abolt, Director

Free of charge - reservations required.
Reservations held until 6:45 p.m.


Summer History Camp
June 14 - 18, 2021
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

We are pleased to announce that summer history camp is back. We will be utilizing our “Unpack the Past” suitcases as we explore the history of the county. Earn “passport” stickers for discovering the early folk arts of quilting, weaving and toy and games making. Weather permitting will find us on the banks of the Ohio River hunting fossils. There will be our traditional ice cream party on Friday! 
Cost is $35/child, which includes the suitcase. Limited space available. Masks will be required in smaller, indoor spaces.  
Call 812-265-2335 
or email JoAnne at
to register
or use the fillable pdf form available here.

History Camp Registration Form

Art Show 2021

Again we are bringing you the annual student art show virtually.
There is some really good art to be seen, so check it out.

art show 2021

Art Show 2020

There is one event - the annual student art show -  that we were able to do virtually. Click this link to see the great art work that the students did in the spring of 2020.

Art Show 2020