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 2020-2021

Celebrating Women's Suffrage:
100 years of the Right to Vote

2020-2021 Special Series of Classes celebrates the lifestyle of early Indiana women. The history and hand arts reflect their activities, joys, and concerns as life moves onward from a log house by the river to a stately brick mansion beside the street.

Gardens of the Western Reserve
October 8, 2020

Onward to the Holidays
November 12, 2020

Valentine Tea Party
February 11, 2021

Family Folk Art
March 11, 2021

Women to the Ballot Box
April 8, 2021

Remembering Decoration Day
May 13, 2021

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: Mary Pat Bailey (260) 482-9794

Settlers, Inc. Events

September 12 & 13, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
1844 Swinney Homestead Open House / West Central Historic Homes Tour
Free virtual walking tour. Visit
Download free app to Android or Smart Phone. The tour will not be available on the app until the morning of September 12.

September 19 & 20, 2020 [cancelled]
Settlers' Pioneer Village - Johnny Appleseed Festival

December 4, 2020 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. [cancelled]
December 5, 2020 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. [cancelled]
Christmas 'At-Home' with the Swinney Sisters’ Tea
See “Christmas At Home” page for details.

March 18, 2021 [cancelled]
Guided History Tour of Allen Co. Court House & Historic Swinney Homestead with Lunch
See History Tour page for more details.

May 7, 2021
Herb and Perennial Plant Sale
Settlers' Herb and Perennial Plant Sale will be May 7, 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 Norene at (260) 637- 8622 for more information.

May 7, 2021
Historic 1844 Swinney Homestead Open House
Fort Wayne's Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be open on May 7 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 8, 2021
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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