Gallery Talks

Ruthmere presents Gallery Talks the first week of each month.  The day of the week often changes to provide maximum opportunity for the public to attend, and start time is always 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public courtesy to the generous support of 1st Source Bank.


This year, Ruthmere is proud to participate in Elkhart County's WE VOTE 2020 initiative - a collaboration of organizations in Elkhart celebrating of the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, or women's right to vote! As part of Ruthmere's role in this initiative, ALL ELEVEN of our 2020 gallery talks will focus on some aspect of women’s history or historical achievements by women. 


2021

March 3              Gallery Talk 11am -Imps & Hummingbirds -Daisy Makeig-Jones at Wedgwood --George Freese -Ruthmere

April 1              Gallery Talk 11am -The Women of Tiffany Studios --Marty Weber, Ruthmere Docent -Ruthmere

April 6      Special Evening Gallery Talk 6pm -All American Girls Professional Baseball League --Kristi Dunn, Registrar and                                 Kristen Madden, Archivist at The History Museum -Havilah Beardsley House

May 7      Gallery Talk 11am - Manners and Morals of Victorian America --Cathy Ellsworth, Docent                                                                             -Havilah Beardsley House

June 1                 Gallery Talk 11am -Transferware China --Diane Lewandowski, Docent -Havilah Beardsley House

July 7                  Gallery Talk 11am -Silverware --Karen Nicholson, Docent -Ruthmere

August 5      Gallery Talk 11am -Architecture of Beardsley Homes --Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator -Ruthmere

September 3     Gallery Talk 11am - Pets and Zoos in the Victorian --Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator -Ruthmere

October 5          Gallery Talk 11am -Steinway Pianos --Dale Seely, Docent -Ruthmere

November 3     Gallery Talk 11am -Queen Victoria's Daughters (personal lives & style) --Carolyn Bonanno, Communications                                          Coordinator -Ruthmere

December 2      Gallery Talk 11am -TBA

Previous Gallery Talks


July 7th, 2020 -

"Rachel Beardsley"


with Cindy Neer, Docent





August 5th, 2020 - "Hoosier Women Artists"

with Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator at the Midwest Museum of American Art



September 3rd, 2020 - "Rhetoric & Reality: A Century of Votes for Women" 

with Christina Wolbrecht, Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame




October 2nd, 2020 -

"Quilts and Their Secrets"


with Karen Nicholson,

Ruthmere Docent





November 4th, 2020 -

"Elizabeth Beardsley"


with Joy Olsen, Collections Manager, and Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator




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