Welcome to Indiana’s Territorial Past, located in Vincennes and Knox County.

Indiana’s first city is the perfect getaway for history enthusiasts.

Mysteries at the Indiana Military Museum

The Indiana Military Museum will be featured on the August 24th episode of “Mysteries at the Museum” on the Travel Channel.  The crew of the Travel Channel visited the museum earlier this year for filming and were interested in some of the smaller items in the museum.  The crew spent half of a day filming at the museum and then shot some additional footage throughout the community.  Check your local listings for show times.

Now in Season

Knox County watermelons and cantaloupes are now in season!  As well as many of your other local favorites!  Visit the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm or Saturday from 8am to 1pm or your favorite roadside farm market to get all of your in season produce.

Weekend Happenings

Beat the heat at Rainbow Beach, open all weekend.

Open auditions for the USO Stagedoor Canteen will be held Friday night at the George Rogers Clark Visitors Center from 6:30 to 10pm.

The Knox County Fair continues Friday and Saturday with Motocross in the grandstands both nights.

Cub League is hosting the 8 and 10 year old Ohio Valley Regional’s Friday, Saturday and the tournament games on Sunday.

The Farmers Market is going on Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion from 8am to 1pm.  Shop the finest in season Knox County produce, plants and more!

 

Red Skelton Festival

Join us for the Red Skelton Festival on Saturday July 14th at the Red Skelton Museum!  The festival kicks off at 10am and runs until 3pm.  There is family fun entertainment and games throughout the day.  Purchase a commemorative festival button for $5 and receive free admission to the museum all day, Saturday July 14th only.  Saturday evening Red Skelton Impersonator Brian Hoffman will perform in the Red Skelton Theater at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the museum, general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Lester Square Fitness Initiative

The Vincennes Park and Recreation Department is currently raising funds to bring outdoor fitness equipment to Lester Square Park located on South 10th Street. The project will make outdoor fitness equipment available to all at no charge as well as give parents a chance to exercise while watching their children play.  For more information or to donate visit, http://fitnessinitiative.org/

 

 

New Architecture Tour


The George Rogers Clark NHP has a new tour of the Clark Memorial.  Visit the site to find out what the symbols inside the memorial mean, what stone was used to build the monument, the significance of the marble inside the memorial and much more!  Tours of the site are free but donations are accepted.  The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm.  For more information on the park visit, https://www.nps.gov/gero/index.htm

Spring on Main

Get spring fever during “Spring on Main”, after-hours event and the next “First Friday Art Walk”!  Enjoy craft beer and wine tasting (tickets available to purchase), a classic vehicle cruise-in, live music, food vendors, kids’ games sponsored by Thursday Church, canvas painting and wreath making classes, a photo booth and tours of the Pantheon Theater.  Downtown art galleries Art Space Vincennes, the Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Galleries will present exceptional works of art, some is available for purchase.  This event is being sponsored by the Visitors & Tourism Bureau, Willie’s Pub & Catering, First Vincennes Savings Bank and Kemper CPA Group. *All proceeds from the event go to INVin’s efforts toward downtown restoration.

Rendezvous in Vincennes This Weekend

The Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is this weekend!  Hours for Saturday the 27th are 9am to 6pm and Sunday the 28th are 10am to 5pm.  Battle times on Saturday are 1pm and 4pm and Sunday are noon and 3:30pm.  The event will feature an encampment, entertainment, period food, merchant vendors and demonstrations.  For more information call the Visitors Bureau at 800.886.6443.

 

Rendezvous Buttons

The Rendezvous returns for its 41st year over Memorial Day weekend, May 27th through the 28th.  This years event will boast as much food, merchants and entertainment as years past.  Check out the encampment and interact with re-enactors of the American Revolutionary period.  Enjoy music, jugglers, children’s games and more.  The food is always a crowd pleaser, sample foods such as creek fried potatoes or a buffalo burger.  Shop the merchants featuring wares from the period.  Battle enactments daily.  Saturday evening the Vincennes State Historic Sites and Grouseland will have candlelight tours.  Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to purchase a two day button for $9.  Buttons are also available the Knox County Chamber and local banks.  For more information or a schedule of events please visit, http://spiritofvincennes.org/

Indiana Military Museum

The Indiana Military Museum boast one of the most comprehensive collections of military artifacts in the Mid-west.  The museum is anticipating its busiest year since its move to the downtown location in 2012.  The museum is expecting two important additions to its displays this year.  The USS Indianapolis Nuclear Sub Monument will be arriving by late May.  With the Indianapolis Conning Tower and Sail along with the redevelopment of the body of the sub from black pigmented concrete, the museum will be able to honor the men and women who have served in silent service.  This monument has been sponsored in whole by the Submarine Veterans Association.

The museum will also be completing and dedicating its 2 ½ year restoration project on the M-1917 tank.  The date for the dedication has been set for November 2nd at 6:30p.m. at Highland Woods Community Center.  General Patton’s grandson, George Patton Waters, will be guest speaker for the banquet to be held then.  Governor Holcomb is also expected to attend.  The ceremony has been recognized by the Indiana WWI Centennial Committee and the National WWI Centennial Commission as a significantlyrecognized WWI Centennial activity.

The museum is also offering honorary ownership in track pads, which are necessary to be recast for the WWI tank project.  For $250 a pad, any interested party or organization can purchase one toward the required 64.  With this ownership, the donor will receive a document with serial number and correspondence to the track pad itself. which will be signed by General Patton’s grandson and a photo with George Patton Waters will also be available at the dedication ceremony on November 2nd.

The museum is also preparing for the implementation of its $250,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development which will allow 23,000 square feet of the museum’s current warehouse facility to be converted to a permanent exhibit diorama depicting scenes from WWI through the Vietnam War.  As soon as the museum can raise the funds necessary to complete a storage building to accommodate the displaced artifacts, work equipment, and workshop that was currently housed in the warehouse, the restoration project will begin.  It is anticipated that the projected shall be completed within 14 months of that date.

The museum will also extend its hours on Rendezvous weekend – opening at 10:00a.m. and closing at 5:30pm each day.

Submitted by Museum Curator, Jim Osborne