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 2018-2019

Celebrating Nature's Gifts

2018-2019 Special Series of Classes features history and hand arts of our natural environment. Plan to join us now! Six classes included in Settlers, Inc. Series Membership = $60. Individual classes are $20 per person for non-members.

Gifts from the Woods
October 11, 2018

Gifts from the Garden
November 8, 2018

Flowers from the Heart
February 14, 2019

Sweet Gifts from the Hive
March 14, 2019

Gifts of Natural Fibers
April 11, 2019

Edible Wild Gifts
May 9, 2019

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) 486-8903

Settlers, Inc. Events

June 21, 2018
Day-Trip to “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley Home, Shapiro’s Deli, Historic Indianapolis City Market.
See History Tour page for more details.

September 8 & 9, 2018
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 15 & 16, 2018
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) 486-8903, Louise Larsen (260) 432-7314. Note: Students find this is a great way to build community service hours.

September 27, 2018
Guided History Day trip to Delphi, IN. Canal Village, Garden Tea House, Canal Boat ride, Norway Gardens.
See History Tour page for more details.

December 7, 2018 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. December 8, 2018 – 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 21, 2019
Guided History Tour of Allen Co. Court House & Historic Swinney Homestead with Lunch
See History Tour page for more details.

May 3, 2019
Herb and Perennial Plant Sale
Settlers' Herb and Perennial Plant Sale will be May 3, 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 3, 2019
Historic 1844 Swinney Homestead Open House
Fort Wayne's Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be open on May 3 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 4, 2019
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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