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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 16      Servants in the Gilded Age --Brenda Tudor, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

March 4              Crochet, Queen Victoria, and the Irish Potato Famine --Beth Hall, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

April 1              Conservationist Movement of the Early 1900s  --Lois Tomaszewski, Program Coordinator -11am Ruthmere

May 3      After Alice: The Development of Modern Children's Literature --Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator -11am                                             Ruthmere

June 1      Haberdashery --Cathy Ellsworth, Ruthmere Docent -11am Havilah Beardsley House

July 7                  The Nappenee 6: The Men Behind the Comics --Martha Owen, Heritage Collection Manager at the Nappenee                                       Public Library -11am Ruthmere

August 5      Please Remain Seated: The History of Bathrooms --Jennifer Johns, Curator -11am Ruthmere

September 6      Women and Poetry of the Early 1900s --Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator -11am Ruthmere

October 5           Steinway, Rubinstein and Ruthmere's Chance to Shine ---Dale Seely, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

November 3      American Shape Note Singing --Sam Sommers -11am Ruthmere

December 2       The American Department Store at the Turn of the Century ---Karen Nicholson -11am Ruthmere

Previous Gallery Talks

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

November 3rd, 2021 -

"Queen Victoria's Daughters: Personal Lives & Style"

with Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator

October 5th, 2021 -

"Rope Ferry Painting"

with Jennifer Johns, Curator, and Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director

September 3rd, 2021 -

"Pets & Zoos of the Victorian Era"

with Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator

August 5th, 2021 -"Architecture of Beardsley Homes"

with Mark Doddington, Ruthmere Membership Coordinator

July 7th, 2021 -

"History and Usage of Turn of the 20th Century Flatware" 

with Karen Nicholson, Ruthmere Docent

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



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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