Settlers, Inc. Programs

Settlers, Inc. offers a series of "hands-on" history programs. Costumed instructors share their expertise in hand arts and related history. These programs are open to the public by advance registration. Programs may be taken individually for $15 for Settler members and $20 for non-members, or as a series of six included in the $60 Settler Hand Arts Series Membership.

Settler Series 2019-2020

My Indiana Home

2019-2020 Special Series of Classes celebrates the lifestyle of early Indiana women. The history and hand arts reflect their activities, joys, and concerns as life progressed from a log house by the river to a stately brick mansion beside the street.

A Day to Give Thanks
October 10, 2019

Quilts-fabric and paper
November 14, 2019

Homespun Fun
February 13, 2020

Lucy Pocket/candlewick needlework
March 12, 2020

Grandma's Remedies
April 9, 2020

Swinney Sisters Chat
May 14, 2020

Series Membership = $60. Individual classes are $20 per person for non-members.

Series Programs are open to anyone 14 years old or older (ages 14-18 must attend with an adult).

Advance reservations are required.

Morning Series – doors open at 9:00 a.m. for refreshments, program display and social time. Program is from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Membership Chair: Denise Keane (260) 413-4413

Settlers, Inc. Events

June 20, 2019
Day-Trip to South Bend and Goshen, IN
See History Tour page for more details.

September 7 & 8, 2019
1844 Swinney Homestead Open House - West Central Historic Homes Tour
The Homestead will be open for walk-through tours during the West Central Historic Home Tour hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. No admission charge. (260) 424-7212.

September 21 & 22, 2019
Settlers' Pioneer Village - Johnny Appleseed Festival
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m. Johnny Appleseed/Archer Park, 1502 Harry W. Baals Drive, Fort Wayne, IN. Free admission; charge for parking (free parking at IPFW with shuttle to JA Festival). Costumed Settlers demonstrate black pot cooking and hand arts; Food Sales: Ham & Beans, Chicken Corn Chowder, Beef Stew, Apples & Caramel Sauce, Cornbread & Butter, Sassafras Tea & Lemonade, and Country Store Molasses Cookies, Crafts and Dried Flowers.
You are invited to be a "Settler-for-a day" and volunteer for a few hours, a day, or the week-end to help in one of the areas, serving food, stoking fires, stirring stew pots or demonstrating a historic hand art, such as needlework, crochet, basketry, etc. —Make this a family affair—Men and children over 10 years of age, are also invited to help. Costumes are available for volunteers. Information contact: Denise Keane (260) 413-4413, Louise Larsen (260) 432-7314. Note: Students find this is a great way to build community service hours.

October 24, 2019
Guided History Day trip to Marshall, MI.
See History Tour page for more details.

December 6, 2019 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
December 7, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.-12:30 & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Christmas 'At-Home' with the Swinney Sisters’ Tea
See “Christmas At Home” page for details.

March 19, 2020
Guided History Tour of Allen Co. Court House & Historic Swinney Homestead with Lunch
See History Tour page for more details.

May 1, 2020
Herb and Perennial Plant Sale
Settlers' Herb and Perennial Plant Sale will be May 1, 10 am - 4 pm in the Swinney House basement and on the west lawn. Proceeds from sale of commercially grown plants and perennial diggings from local gardens support maintenance and restoration of the Homestead. Donations of perennial diggings are welcome--please label with plant name. Call (260) 338-0812 or (260) 637- 8622 for more information.

May 1, 2020
Historic 1844 Swinney Homestead Open House
Fort Wayne's Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be open on May 1 from 10-4. No admission charge. Complimentary refreshments, Hearthstone Ensemble music, and spinning demonstrations. For "take home treats", Settlers will have a "Bake Sale" in the kitchen. (260) 424-7212.

May 2, 2020
Settlers' Second-Day Plant Sale
9 a.m. - noon; 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Swinney Homestead basement.

For additional information please call Norene Brown (260) 637-8622.














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