Public Programs

Check out all of the opportunities for entertainment, learning, and family fun at Ruthmere for the year.

Upcoming Ruthmere events

    • 03 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Ruthmere
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    George Freese, Ruthmere executive board member, will present a Gallery Talk on "Imps and Hummingbirds- Daisy Makeig-Jones at Wedgwood" at Ruthmere on Wednesday, March 3rd, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. *Limited spacing for 20 people only.

    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.


    This year, Ruthmere is proud to participate in Elkhart County's WE VOTE 2020 initiative - a collaboration of organizations in Elkhart celebrating of the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, or women's right to vote! As part of Ruthmere's role in this initiative, ALL ELEVEN of our 2020 gallery talks will focus on some aspect of women’s history or historical achievements by women.

    • 01 Apr 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
    • 20
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    Marty Weber, Ruthmere docent, will present a Gallery Talk on the "Women of Tiffany Studios" at Ruthmere on Thursday, April 1st, at 11 am. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 


    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.

    This year, Ruthmere is proud to participate in Elkhart County's WE VOTE 2020 initiative - a collaboration of organizations in Elkhart celebrating of the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, or women's right to vote! As part of Ruthmere's role in this initiative, ALL ELEVEN of our 2020 gallery talks will focus on some aspect of women’s history or historical achievements by women.


    • 06 Apr 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Havilah Beardsley House
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    Kristi Kuntzman, Registrar and Kristen Madden, Archivist, at The History Museum in South Bend, will present a special evening Gallery Talk on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League on Tuesday, April 6th, at 6 pm at the Havilah Beardsley House. Gallery Talks feature a twenty-minute discussion on an object/artwork within the Ruthmere collection or a person or event in local history. 

    Our Gallery Talks are sponsored by 1st Source Bank and are free and open to the public.



    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Havilah Beardsley House
    • 23
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    Join us on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at the Havilah Beardsley House for one of our famous teas – with a unique twist! This suffragette-themed tea will combine both educational history and the chance for smart women to gather together and celebrate. Dress up in the clothes of the suffragette era and take photos, enjoy tea from a tea company founded and owned by a woman, and play a few games that will teach you a thing or two about women’s history. We’ll have prizes, exclusive gifts, and, yes, even a designated place where you can smoke your cigars like the rebellious women you are. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to step into the shoes of a suffragette!

    $25 Non-Member Adults, $20 Members and $10 Students.

    Reservations required with advance purchase or call 574-264-0330 ext. 104. Ages 4 and up.  *(registration deadline is April 3rd) 

    • 25 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere
    • 35
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    Join us for our Mother and Me Tea on April 25, 2021 with tea food, sweets and an assortment of teas. This year's theme is Celebrating Women.

    Adults $25, Students $10, Members $20. Reservations required with advance purchase or call 574-264-0330 ext. 104. Ages 4 and up.  *(registration deadline is April 18) 




    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    June's End of Quarter Cocktail party will be a Beyond Wedgwood Blue exhibit sneak peak on Thursday, June 24th.  We will be offering a beer tasting by  Wedgewood Brewing, from Middlebury, Indiana.  Event will be held at the Havilah Beardsley House. Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Bronze Patron members and higher get complimentary admissions to each EOQ event. We encourage Business Members to attend these events as a great networking opportunity!



    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Ruthmere Game Room
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    Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2021 Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.

    RBB Piano Prize 2021 OFFICIAL RULES

    Preliminary Round: Deadline August 5, 2021

    Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to complete the Competition Registration Form and prepare a video audition, 5 to 10 minutes long, showcasing two contrasting musical styles or time periods. Video submissions via YouTube links are preferred.  Up to 6 Finalists will be selected. Entry fee of $25 per competitor.

    Please email YouTube video auditions to mdoddington@ruthmere.org. Questions call 574-264-0330 ext. 107. 

    Finals Round: Live Competition on September 18, 2021
    Finalists will perform 15-20 minutes of music for the judging panel and the general public at the Ruthmere Game Room. Competition performances begin at Noon, with individual performance times yet to be determined. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 per seat. Each finalist will receive $100. Second place receives $300, and Third place $200.

    Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 14, 2021
    Competition Winner is required to perform a full one-hour opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series at 7pm. Grand Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 presented at the concert, and have his or her name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere. 


    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
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    September's End of Quarter Cocktail party will be a Beyond Wedgwood Blue exhibit close-out party on Thursday, September 30th.  We will be offering a beer tasting by Wedgewood Brewing, from Middlebury, Indiana.  Event will be held at the Havilah Beardsley House.  Admission for members and their guests is $10 per person; Bronze Patron members and higher get complimentary admissions to each EOQ event. We encourage Business Members to attend these events as a great networking opportunity!








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