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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, a person or event in local history, or a topic from the Victorian/Edwardian eras. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public.

SPONSORS NEEDED: Ruthmere Private Members and Business Members can sponsor an individual Gallery Talk for just $100!  To reserve your sponsorship contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at


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 - Sponsored by Karen Nicholson
                             -11am Ruthmere

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

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

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

August 1      "American Jazz" --Larry Dwyer, Notre Dame Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies                                                     - Sponsored by Randall and Brenda Johnson -11am Ruthmere

September 6      "Hudson Valley Painters" --Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator
                            - Sponsored by John and Margaret Frechette -11am Ruthmere

October 4           "The Rise of the Death Care Industry in the United States" --Andrea Hutslar, Outreach Curator                                                                   - Sponsored by Sam Sommers -11am  Ruthmere

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

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

Recent Gallery Talks

June 1st, 2023 -

"The Secret Language of the Victorian Era"

with Cathy Ellsworth,

Ruthmere Docent

May 3rd, 2023 -

"Let Them Eat Cake: A History of the World's Favorite Dessert"

with Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator

April 4th, 2023 -

"The Auglaize Furniture Company 3-in-1 Library Table"

with Steve Barton, Ruthmere Docent

March 2nd, 2023 -

"A Girl's Education: 19th Century American Marking Samplers"

with Beth Hall, Ruthmere Docent

February 1st, 2023 - 
"Vintage Valentine Cards"

with Jennifer Johns, Curator

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

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



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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