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Battle of Tippecanoe 200th Anniversary, Nov. 5-7

October 22, 2011 1 comment
Battle of Tippecanoe

Battle of Tippecanoe. Photo provided by Tippecanoe County Historical Assn. and used with written permission.

By Leslie Martin Conwell
Tippecanoe County Historical Association

On November 5-7, 2011, the men, the history, and the cultures on both sides of the conflict will be remembered at the Battle of Tippecanoe 200th Anniversary Commemoration. In a historic collaboration of museums, historic sites, parks, and not-for-profit organizations, four different entities that operate two different sites- the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Historic Prophetstown, located in Prophetstown State Park- will partner together to share resources and provide the best educational experience possible for visitors and participants alike, to honor those who died at the battle so many years ago.

Scheduled activities and programs will take place at both the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground, IN and Historic Prophetstown, located in Prophetstown State Park, outside of Battle Ground, IN. These programs include guided tours of the Battlefield, military drills and demonstrations by the military reenactors, traditional artisans demonstrating their crafts, Native American dancing, a special area for descendants of family members who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe to gather and be acknowledged, programs on subjects related to the War of 1812 and the events leading up to it, talks on the archaeology of the area, and presentations on the historical ecology and its impact on the battle and its participants.

The 200th Anniversary Commemoration is sponsored by CenturyLink, Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc., Epsilon Chapter, Purdue Federal Credit Union, The Farmers State Bank, Tippecanoe Parks Foundation, Inc., Duke Energy Foundation, TEAMM, Tippecanoe Steam and Gas Power Association, Inc., Catering by Debbie, and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

Parking: Visitors are strongly encouraged to park at Prophetstown State Park, as there is ample parking at the site. Limited parking is available at the Tippecanoe Battlefield. Handicap parking is available. There is no parking charge.

Buses: A free shuttle bus service is provided by Tippecanoe Evangelical Association of Ministries and Ministers, or TEAMM, a fellowship of area church groups. Shuttles will be running in a loop between the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Historic Prophetstown each day during event open hours.

Admission: Gate admission each day is $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for children 4-16. Paid admission covers access for one day to both the Tippecanoe Battlefield and Historic Prophetstown during public event hours on November 5th and 6th. There is no admission charge to the ceremonies at the Tippecanoe Battlefield on November 7th.

Handicap Access: Both sites are handicap accessible. Rough, uneven terrain is to be expected as the event is being held in a natural outdoor setting.

Food: Food sold by area not-for-profit groups will be available for purchase at each event site. For more information on other area dining and local attractions, contact the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau at, 800-872-6648, or via e-mail at

Lodging: Multiple lodging opportunities exist in the Battle Ground and Lafayette area. The Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau has information on hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, and camping at; 1.800.872.6648, Prophetstown State Park offers camping in a beautiful prairie setting. Contact the park office at 765-567-4919 for camping information.