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.


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 -Staffordshire Printed Transferware Pottery --Diane Lewandowski, Docent -Ruthmere

June 13     Special Gallery Talk 2pm -Flag Day --Terry Trimmer, Capt. (USNR) Retired

July 7                  Gallery Talk 11am -History and Usage of Turn of the Century Flatware --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 Era --Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator -Ruthmere

October 5          Gallery Talk 11am -Rope Ferry Painting--Jennifer Johns, Curator, and Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director -                                      Havilah Beardsley House

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

December 2      Gallery Talk 11am -Decorative Stencil, Gilding, and Wall Covering Restoration --Bob Cross, President of Haselrick                              and Cross

Previous Gallery Talks

September 3rd, 2021 -

"Pets & Zoos of the Victorian Era"

with Andrea Barbour, Ruthmere's 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

June 1st, 2021 - "Staffordshire Printed Transferware Pottery"

with Diane Lewandowski, Ruthmere Docent

May 7th, 2021 -

"Manners and Morals of Victorian America"

with Cathy Ellsworth, Havilah Beardsley House Docent

April 6th, 2021 -

"The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League"

with Kristi Dunn, Registrar, and Kristen Madden, Archivist, from the History Museum in South Bend

April 1st, 2021 -

"The Women of Tiffany Studios"

with Marty Weber, Ruthmere Docent

March 3rd, 2021 -

"Imps & Hummingbirds: Daisy Makeig-Jones at Wedgwood"

with George Freese, Ruthmere Board Member

November 4th, 2020 -

"Elizabeth Beardsley"

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

October 2nd, 2020 -

"Quilts and Their Secrets"

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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