Gallery Talks

Ruthmere presents Gallery Talks the first week of each month.  The day of the week often changes to provide maximum opportunity for the public to attend, and start time is always 11am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public courtesy to the generous support of 1st Source Bank.


February 3      Servants in the Gilded Age --Brenda Tudor, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

March 4              TBA --Beth Hall, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

April 1              Conservationism of the Early 1900s  --Lois Tomaszewski, Program Coordinator -11am Ruthmere

May 3      Children's Books/Stories of 1800s - Early 1900s --Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator -11am Ruthmere

June 1      Haberdashery --Cathy Ellsworth, Ruthmere Docent -11am Havilah Beardsley House

July 7                  TBA

August 5      TBA

September 6      TBA --Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator -11am Ruthmere

October 5           Steinway, Rubinstein and Ruthmere's Chance to Shine ---Dale Seely, Ruthmere Docent -11am Ruthmere

November 3      American Shape Note Singing --Sam Sommers -11am Ruthmere

December 2       TBA

Previous Gallery Talks

November 3rd, 2021 -

"Queen Victoria's Daughters: Personal Lives & Style"

with Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator

October 5th, 2021 -

"Rope Ferry Painting"

with Jennifer Johns, Curator, and Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director

September 3rd, 2021 -

"Pets & Zoos of the Victorian Era"

with Andrea Barbour, Outreach Curator

August 5th, 2021 -"Architecture of Beardsley Homes"

with Mark Doddington, Ruthmere Membership Coordinator

July 7th, 2021 -

"History and Usage of Turn of the 20th Century Flatware" 

with Karen Nicholson, Ruthmere Docent

June 1st, 2021 - "Staffordshire Printed Transferware Pottery"

with Diane Lewandowski, Ruthmere Docent

May 7th, 2021 -

"Manners and Morals of Victorian America"

with Cathy Ellsworth, Havilah Beardsley House Docent

April 6th, 2021 -

"The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League"

with Kristi Dunn, Registrar, and Kristen Madden, Archivist, from the History Museum in South Bend

April 1st, 2021 -

"The Women of Tiffany Studios"

with Marty Weber, Ruthmere Docent

March 3rd, 2021 -

"Imps & Hummingbirds: Daisy Makeig-Jones at Wedgwood"

with George Freese, Ruthmere Board Member

See all of our past Gallery Talks on our Youtube page,



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Elkhart, IN 46514

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