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Welcome to a strange new school year!

The Navarre Cabin Homestead Project

If you haven't heard or read, The History Museum is wanting to move the Pierre Navarre log cabin from Leeper Park East to property next to the museum campus. If we get permission to move the cabin The History Museum would develop a full pioneer-experience village for students and adults. 

The new site of the cabin will provide a much more historically accurate context with mature vegetation, outbuildings, and other features, improving the breadth of a visitor’s educational experience. Utilizing first-person interpreters and informational signage about the complex, the homestead area will provide flexibility for programming that will not only teach guests about Pierre Navarre and his home, but life-ways of early pioneer settlers. Open spaces will provide opportunities to build seasonal Native structures and learn about the area’s first peoples as well as a place for demonstrations such as pioneer games, crafts, and foodways. A visual barrier, as well as landscaped properties west of Laurel Street already owned by the Society, will block views of surrounding structures, completing the illusion of traveling back in time to Navarre’s homestead.

Once the Navarre cabin is located on the museum campus, the homestead will be included as an integral part of The History Museum’s existing daily operations, dramatically broadening the audience served by the cabin and its surroundings. In 2019, the cabin saw 670 visitors – on its new site the cabin will be included with each of The History Museum’s 45,000 annual visitor experiences. The site will be designed to be inclusive and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The associated green space allows for broad public programming, from tours of a few guests to large festivals.

We will communicate further and keep you up to date as to what is happening with our homestead project.

Want to read our project manual? Visit: and read the complete document online.

2020 Fall School Programs at
The History Museum are canceled

Because of everything that has transpired since the spring, all school education programs that normally occur in the fall are canceled. That includes the annual Cabin Days School Program (see story above).

Do you ZOOM?

An integral part of the Director of Education's job here at The History Museum is to provide educational presentations on a wide range of historical topics. He has traveled throughout northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan to visit various schools and classes to present these educational experiences. 

With the strange circumstances we find ourselves in, at least for this year, presenting these in-class experiences have been postponed. However, with the rise in use of internet conferencing software being able to educate students remotely has never been easier.

So, if you would like to see a list of topics that the Director of Education can provide to your class via conferencing software (not just the Zoom platform), please visit:

If you have further questions, please contact Travis Childs, Director of Education at
IF you know of another teacher or educator that would be interested, please feel free to forward this email!
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