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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.


February 1      "Vintage Valentine Cards "--Jennifer Johns -11am Ruthmere

March 2              “A Girl’s Education: 19th Century American Marking Samplers"--Beth Hall -11am Havilah Beardsley House

April 4              "Auglaize Furniture Company 3 in 1 Library Table" --Steve Barton -11am Ruthmere

May 3      "Let Them Eat Cake: A History of the World’s Favorite Dessert"Mark Doddington -11am Ruthmere

June 1      "Secret Language of the Victorian Era" --Cathy Ellsworth, Ruthmere Docent -11am Havilah Beardsley House

July 7                 "Decoding Robert Indiana" --Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator, Midwest Museum of American Art -11am                                               Ruthmere

August 1      TBA--Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator -11am Ruthmere

September 6      TBA

October 4           "The Rise of the Death Care Industry in the United States" --Andrea Hutslar -11am Ruthmere

November 3       "The Career of E. Hill Turnock" --Patrick McGuire, Curator of Education, Elkhart County Historical Museum                                        -11am Ruthmere

December 5      "Black and White and Read All Over: Newspapers in the Community"--Lois Tomaszewski -11am Ruthmere

Recent Gallery Talks

November 3rd, 2022 -

"American Shape Note Singing"

with Sam Sommers, Volunteer

October 5th, 2022 -

"Steinway, Rubinstein, & Ruthmere's Chance to Shine"

with Dale Seely, Ruthmere Docent & Concert Committee Member

September 6th, 2022 -

"Selected Women Poets, 1850s-2019"

with Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator

August 5th, 2022 -

"Please Remain Seated: The History of Bathrooms"

with Jennifer Johns, Ruthmere Curator

July 7th, 2022 -

"The Nappanee Six: The Men Behind the Comics" 

with Martha Owen, Heritage Collection Manager at the Evelyn Leham Culp Heritage Collection at the Nappanee Center

June 1st, 2022 - "Haberdashery"

with Cathy Ellsworth,

Ruthmere Docent

May 3rd, 2022 -

"After Alice: The Development of Modern Children's Literature"

with Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator

April 1st, 2022 -

"The Conservationist Movement of the Early 1900s"

with Lois Tomaszewski, Program Coordinator

March 4th, 2022 -

"Crochet, Queen Victoria, and the Irish Potato Famine"

with Beth Hall, Volunteer

February 16th, 2022 - 
"Servants of the Gilded Age"

with Brenda Tudor, Volunteer

See all of our past Gallery Talks on our Youtube page,



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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