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Tippecanoe County Historical Museum

Located on South Street in Lafayette, Indiana, the Tippecanoe County Historical Museum is housed in the Gothic Revival home constructed by Moses Fowler during 1851-1852. The museum showcases pioneer tools, a Victorian parlor setting, and an exhibit about 19th-century manufacturing. In 1940, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) purchased the house from Cecil Fowler. TCHA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving information and artifacts relating to the history and culture of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and its citizens. By 1941, the association opened up the house as its historical museum. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Moreover, the Fowler House is also home to the offices and staff of the TCHA. One of its permanent exhibits, “A Century on the Wabash” (The Story of Tippecanoe County) details Tippecanoe County’s transportation and cultural history from 1790 to 1920. Additionally, many special displays and public events are held throughout the year. Portions of the George Winter collection are periodically displayed at the Tippecanoe County Museum or other TCHA exhibits. Each year since 1997, the museum has commissioned the creation of miniature replicas of local buildings of historical significance. New models are released in time for the winter holidays. Some of these collectible series include the models of the Mars Theater, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Falley-Wright House, the Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse, Potter-Haan Mansion, Five Points Fire Station and Tippecanoe County Courthouse. Limited quantities of early releases are available year round at the Museum Gift Shop. In addition, the Tippecanoe County Historical Museum organizes educational programs, classes, trips, and special events throughout the year. The Allameda McCollough Resource Library, situated adjacent to the museum in the Wetheril Historical Resource Center, houses local historical and genealogical material.