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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 "Dawn of the Death Care Industry " --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"Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus: How Newspapers Influenced Culture"--Lois Tomaszewski, Grants Coordinator - 11am Ruthmere - Sponsored by Wade Mayberry

Recent Gallery Talks

October 4th, 2023 -

"Dawn of the Death Care Industry"

with Andrea Hutslar, Outreach Curator

September 6th, 2023 -

"Hudson Valley Painters"

with Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator

August 1st, 2023 -

"American Jazz: A Paradigm of Racial Unity"

with Larry Dwyer, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Notre Dame

This video is available by request for educational or research purposes. Please contact staff if you would like to view this Gallery Talk.

July 7, 2023 -

"Decoding Robert Indiana" 

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

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

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



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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