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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, a person or event in local history, or a topic from the Victorian/Edwardian eras. Gallery Talks are free and open to the public.

SPONSORS NEEDED: Ruthmere Private Members and Business Members can sponsor an individual Gallery Talk for just $100!  To reserve your sponsorship contact Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at

2024 Gallery Talks

February 2 "Five Medals, His Life and Times"--Mike Judson - 11 am at the Havilah Beardsley House *Sponsored by Karen Nicholson and Ann Wroblewski
March 5 "The Curious History of Cursive Handwriting"--Beth Hall, Ruthmere Docent - 11 am at Ruthmere *Sponsored by Mark Doddington and Karen Nicholson
April 3 "Refrigeration Before Refrigerators"--Steve Barton, Ruthmere Docent  - 11 am at the Havilah Beardsley House *Sponsored by Beth Hall & Sam Sommers
May 2 "Preserving Architectural Heritage: The National Register and the National Trust"--Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator - 11 am at Ruthmere *Sponsored by Beth Hall & Karen Nicholson
June 7 "Hoosier Fashion Designers" --Jennifer Johns, Curator- 11 am at the Havilah Beardsley House *Sponsored by Ann Wroblewski
July 2     TBA --Ann Knoll, Associate Director, Raclin Murphy Museum of Art -11am at Ruthmere
August 7 "The Melodeon and Making Music in the Home"--Brenda Tudor, Ruthmere Docent - 11 am at Ruthmere *Sponsored by Margaret & John Frechette and Brenda & Randall Johnson
September 5 "The Lincoln Highway - Not Just a Blue Line" -- Joyce Chambers, Indiana Director of the Lincoln Highway Association - 11 am at Ruthmere
October 4 "Introduction to Birding" --Melissa Gunter, Education Chair of South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society -11am at Ruthmere *Sponsored by Steve & Jean Barton
November 5  Overbeck Pottery --Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator, Midwest Museum of Art -11am at Ruthmere
December 4"Toys in the Attic"--Cathy Ellsworth, Ruthmere Docent - 11 am at Ruthmere

Recent Gallery Talks

April 3rd, 2024 -

"Refrigeration Before Refrigerators"

with Steve Barton, Ruthmere Docent

March 5th, 2024 -

"The Curious History of Cursive Writing"

with Beth Hall, Ruthmere Docent

February 2nd, 2024 - 
"Five Medals: His Life and Times"

with Mike Judson, Historian

December 5th, 2023 -

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus: How Newspapers Influenced Culture"

with Lois Tomaszewski, Grants Coordinator

October 4th, 2023 -

"Dawn of the Death Care Industry"

with Andrea Hutslar, Outreach Curator

September 6th, 2023 -

"Hudson Valley Painters"

with Carolyn Bonanno, Communications Coordinator

August 1st, 2023 -

"American Jazz: A Paradigm of Racial Unity"

with Larry Dwyer, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Notre Dame

This video is available by request for educational or research purposes. Please contact staff if you would like to view this Gallery Talk.

July 7, 2023 -

"Decoding Robert Indiana" 

with Randy Roberts, Assistant Curator at the Midwest Museum of American Art

June 1st, 2023 -

"The Secret Language of the Victorian Era"

with Cathy Ellsworth,

Ruthmere Docent

May 3rd, 2023 -

"Let Them Eat Cake: A History of the World's Favorite Dessert"

with Mark Doddington, Membership Coordinator

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



302 E. Beardsley Ave.

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