The Shipshewana and Topeka Area Historical Societies will hold a joint meeting on Monday, March 19, at the Farver School Museum in downtown Shipshewana.
Janet Schrock will be talking about “The Why and What About the Shipshewana Area Historical Society” as well as “A Glimpse Into the Pottawatomie Indians of Shipshewana.” Doors will open at 6 p.m. for people to tour the museum with the meeting set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
“I am grateful for the spirit of cooperation the leadership of our two organizations has enjoyed,” stated Topeka Historical Society President Harold Gingerich, “but I think this will be the first time the two groups have ever done a joint meeting. I know that folks in Topeka are excited about hearing the Shipshewana story and seeing what they have done with the old Farver School. This area has such a rich history and it’s important for small historical societies to find ways to help one another preserve that history as well as tell the story.”
One of the challenges facing smaller historical societies is in the area of information technology. “That’s an area where we need help in Topeka,” Gingerich said. “The Shipshewana society has been using computer software both to archive and catalog their items for a number of years. It will be good for our board to see how the software works and how it might benefit us here in Topeka.”
The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call (260) 499-0126.