Public Programs

Check out all of the opportunities for entertainment, learning, and family fun at Ruthmere for the year.

Upcoming Ruthmere events

    • 05 Aug 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere
    • 25
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    Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator, will present a Gallery Talk on the "Architecture of Beardsley Homes" on Thursday, August 5th, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 27 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hotel Elkhart
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    Ruthmere has built a reputation over the past several years for unique gala fundraisers. The 2021 Ruthmere gala will not disappoint with First Night at the Aria! The Hotel Elkhart renovation project has captured the attention of the entire community. What is being done to Elkhart’s beloved tallest landmark, and how will it be given new life for the next 100 years? You can be the FIRST to find out this summer at First Night at the Aria: A Ruthmere Event!

    By holding the inaugural event at the new Hilton Tapestry Collection Hotel Elkhart, attendees to First Night at the Aria will explore Elkhart’s first boutique hotel, dine on the ninth floor “Room on Top of the City,” and kick up their heels in the chic Aria Ballroom. Entertainment will feature the powerhouse vocals of the Janet Hines-Norris Band, and dinner service will offer a gourmet menu from Navarre Hospitality. Underwriters will be treated to a Rooftop VIP pre-party from 6-7pm, but that is just the "first" of an evening filled with surprises!


    Attire is formal, black tie optional. For questions regarding your reservation, call Jennifer Johns at 574-264-0330 ext. 104.


    • 03 Sep 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere
    • 33
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    Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator, will present a Gallery Talk on the "Pets and Zoos in the Victorian Era" on Friday, September 3rd, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2021 Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.

    RBB Piano Prize 2021 OFFICIAL RULES

    Preliminary Round: Deadline August 5, 2021

    Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to complete the Competition Registration Form and prepare a video audition, 5 to 10 minutes long, showcasing two contrasting musical styles or time periods. Video submissions via YouTube links are preferred.  Up to 6 Finalists will be selected. Entry fee of $25 per competitor.

    Please email YouTube video auditions to mdoddington@ruthmere.org. Questions call 574-264-0330 ext. 107. 

    Finals Round: Live Competition on September 18, 2021
    Finalists will perform 15-20 minutes of music for the judging panel and the general public at the Ruthmere Game Room. Competition performances begin at Noon, with individual performance times yet to be determined. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 per seat. Each finalist will receive $100. Second place receives $300, and Third place $200.

    Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 14, 2021
    Competition Winner is required to perform a full one-hour opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series at 7pm. Grand Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 presented at the concert, and have his or her name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere. 


    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
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    September's End of Quarter Cocktail party will be a Beyond Wedgwood Blue exhibit close-out party on Thursday, September 30th.  We will be offering a beer tasting by Wedgewood Brewing, from Middlebury, Indiana.  Event will be held at the Havilah Beardsley House.  Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Bronze Patron members and higher get complimentary admissions to each EOQ event. We encourage Business Members to attend these events as a great networking opportunity!








    • 05 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
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    Dale Seely, Ruthmere docent, will present a Gallery Talk on the "Steinway Pianos" on Tuesday, October 5th, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 14 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 38
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    Ruthmere Museum will have the winner of the Fourth Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize kicking off the 2021 Ruthmere Fall Concert Series.

    Ticket pricing for the 2021 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

     For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 38
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    We are welcoming back Nick Susi to our Fall Concert Series. Susi won the second annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize competition. 

    Ticket pricing for the 2021 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

     For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
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    Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator, will present a Gallery Talk on the "Queen Victoria's Daughters (personal lives & style)" on Wednesday, November 3rd, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 

    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 39
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    Frank Huang is a Steinway Artist and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he was a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Huang’s performances have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

    An avid chamber musician, he also enjoys performing with others as he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Philharmonia, Peru National Symphony, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra. 


    Ticket pricing for the 2021 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

     For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 26 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 39
    Register


    Elkhart favorite son Nicholas Roth will treat Ruthmere patrons with his annual "Black Friday Concert, " the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, what a way to celebrate the holiday!  Nicholas is Professor of piano at Drake University. Don't miss Nicholas Roth for this exceptional performance!

    Ticket pricing for the 2021 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts with reserved seating is $100 per seat (available ONLY to Ruthmere Members).  Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.

     For more information, or to make reservations call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. All concerts begin at 7pm and seating is limited on a first come, first seated basis.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday.

    • 02 Dec 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
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    Bob Cross, President of Haselrick and Cross, will present a Gallery Talk on  "Decorative Stencil, Gilding, and Wall Covering Restoration" on Thursday, December 2nd, at 11 am in Ruthmere's gameroom. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 

    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


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302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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