All Hallows Eve – Oct 18 & 19

All Hallows Eve is coming! Mystery paired with history on October 18th and 19th from 6 to 9 pm at the Thiebaud Farmstead! Experience old-fashioned Halloween fun with scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns, ghosties and games, crafts and tasty treats, engaging storytellers and characters.

A “Museum of Oddities” & “Cabinet of Curiosities” will have you wondering. The phrenologist will welcome visitors to have their head examined before proceeding with measurements and offering insights into their character, all in good fun. A body-snatcher aka resurrectionist may cause a bit of a fright as their historically based trade is revealed.

The Switzerland County Wolfshager Witches will be dancing around the cauldron and there will be storytelling by the campfire sure to mesmerize listeners.  Add a few more interesting characters for an evening of fun with just the right amount of fright.

Some of our crafty and creative historical society members are making Halloween and fall wreaths that will be offered for sale and by silent auction.

All Hallows Eve is a fundraiser for the care and maintenance of the Thiebaud Farmstead. Admission is $3 per person or $10 for a group of five. Come enjoy this 200+ year old National Historic Register site with the 160 year old house, still entertaining guests after all these years.

Meeting and Raffle

Raffle drawing and general meeting - September 23rd at the Thiebaud Farmstead!  Still time to buy tickets!

We have been selling raffle tickets for two handcrafted treasures ~ a Windsor chair by Jerry Wallin and a pierced tin lantern by his late wife Sandra Wallin. Both pieces signify their motto ~ “Pride in work marked by superb craftsmanship and elegance of design.” Jerry specifically made the Windsor chair for this raffle, utilizing wood for the seat from a poplar tree that was struck by lightning in 2006 on the museum grounds. In addition to creating the beautiful chair, Jerry then donated the pierced-tin three-light lantern. Both are extraordinary works of art and could become yours!

Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The drawing will be held at the Monday, September 23rd meeting at the Thiebaud Farmstead at 5147 East Hwy 56. The Thiebaud house and hay-press barn will be open for touring from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. The stone wall entrance to the cellar is now complete and is an amazing restoration.  The tour, meeting and the evening’s activities are open to members and the general public as well.

A brief business meeting will begin at 5:30, followed by an intriguing guest speaker, Tom Beall.  Tom Beall, owner of the First Vineyard property in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where the Dufours settled before coming to Vevay, Indiana, will be the guest speaker. Beall is an innovative researcher who has delved into the John Jacque Dufour story, combining archived data with hands-on artifact discoveries. Restoring the Dufour’s First Vineyard has become his passion and making great wine is part of the adventure. He has quite a story to tell.

Refreshments will be served following the program. The drawing of the winning raffle tickets will be at 7 pm. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting evening.

 All Hallows Eve event coming Oct 18 and 19. Details soon!

Scan-a-thon – Saturday, September 14

SCAN-A-THON ~ September 14th ~ Switzerland County Historical Museum

Pictures and their stories are tangible ways to remember the past. A special project called The Indiana Album is capturing memories throughout Indiana that can then be viewed at The Indiana Album, a non-profit organization, makes Indiana's hidden gems available by scanning, cataloging, and sharing historic items for all to discover and use. Subjects desired include photographs, postcards, and documents of all eras of Indiana houses, farms, businesses, schools, churches, bands, clubs, transportation, or interesting people (including portraits of prominent or pioneer residents, people participating in activities, or great snapshots of everyday life).

Do you have interesting photographs of a past or present family business, your ancestral home, street scenes, childhood snapshots, or other historic images? Have you collected postcards of Indiana? The public won't find them in your attic or tucked away in a drawer or closet. The Indiana Album scans privately owned photos and other documents and brings Hoosiers' collective history to the web -- one image at a time.

"Many lenders are too selective, mistakenly believing that their family items or recent snapshots are not significant enough," says The Indiana Album’s Executive Director Joan Hostetler. "We not only document history with a capital H, but also the everyday person's journey up to present day -- after all, history doesn't have an end date. We seek images of activities such as doing laundry, farming, construction, or going to the prom. Of particular interest are visuals of houses, commercial structures, or nearly any building as we plan to geo-tag the images and make them map searchable." Hostetler advises that if you are unsure if your photos fit the criteria, bring along the whole box for staff to decide.

Dig through your shoeboxes and albums and bring Indiana-related items to the Switzerland County Historical Museum at 208 East Market Street in Vevay on Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers will make high resolution scans while lenders wait. All items will be carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners. Later the scans and catalog records will be uploaded into the online catalog for The Indiana Album. It is preferable for participants to make a reservation for the Scan-a-thon or they can learn how to submit their own scans by contacting or call 317) 771-4129.

The Switzerland County Historical Museum and the “Life on the Ohio” River History Museum will be open during the Scan-a-thon. Guests and participants are welcome to tour free of charge.
The Scan-a-thon is a unique opportunity to share and preserve Switzerland County’s history as part of Indiana’s story. We welcome you to participate.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

“Of Sound Mind and Dead Body”

Dinner Theater & Murder Mystery – Saturday, August 3rd at 6pm

At the Community Art Center

The Switzerland County Historical Society will be hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presented by The Murder Mystery Company on Saturday, August 3rd at the Community Art Center at 217 Ferry Street in Vevay. Tickets for this limited seating dinner event are $25 per person, and are available at the Switzerland County Historical Museum at 208 East Market Street, open daily from noon to 4pm. Tickets are also available online here:

Guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 to check out the selection of Silent Auction items. Wine for the evening will be available from The Ridge Winery. Dinner at 6 pm.

“Of Sound Mind and Dead Body”

When a magical mishap leaves a million-dollar inheritance up for grabs, the next trick will be figuring out who the lucky winner is, and who will end up behind bars for malicious magical mayhem. This is an abracadabra disaster, and it’s up to you to find the murderer before they vanish into thin air. Spend the evening glimpsing through the smoke and mirrors to uncover which hocus pocus hitman offed the poor fellow and stop them before this goes down as the most dangerous magic trick in history.


Raffle tickets available

windsor chair

Jerry Wallin is an amazing craftsman with a most generous heart. He made this Windsor chair for the historical society to raffle to raise some much needed funds, then also donated a lantern made by his wife, Sandra Wallin, who passed away just over a year ago. Chair 1st prize, lantern 2nd prize. The seat of the chair was made from wood from a poplar tree on the museum grounds that was cut down in 2007 after being stuck by lightning. So glad he decided to use that chunk of wood that has been sitting around in the attic. We got our official approval from the Indiana Gaming Commission and raffle tickets are now available at the museum. $10 each or 3 for $25. Drawing to be held September 23rd.  You can purchase tickets (and see these items!) at the museum, or, if you are out of town, call the museum to make arrangements to purchase.  Thank you Jerry, and thank you for supporting our mission.

Thank you for your ongoing support

We are happy to announce that we are now participating in Kroger's Community Awards Program. Details on how to enroll your Kroger Rewards card are below.

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Visit Once logged into your Kroger account you can search for Switzerland County Historical Society either by name or YT549 (our #) and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

Don't forget about Smile.Amazon as well. We are also registered there and receive a small percentage every time you purchase a "qualified item".

These are 2 simple ways to help support the historical society without costing you any additional money when shopping.

As always, thank you for supporting our mission.

A Country Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season with “A Country Christmas” visit to Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud home in beautiful Switzerland County, Indiana on Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 4pm. Hearken back to the early and mid-19th century as you enjoy the Christmas holiday as it could have been celebrated on the rural farms in southern Indiana.

Enjoy a simple country Christmas at 1820’s Venoge and experience the beginnings of our modern Christmas celebrations at the 1860’s Thiebaud farmstead.

At Venoge you can sample traditional Swiss Christmas cookies, including the very special Springerle cookies, made with wooden molds. Sample doughnuts and sweet potato fritters made on the hearth and enjoy other period holiday treats.  Listen to music of the period played by Michael Thompson and play a few indoor games. Musee de Venoge is one of the few remaining examples of the French colonial architecture that once characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County.

The Thiebaud home will be welcoming Christmas with later traditions such as a decorated tree and holiday crafts, as well as small dramatizations of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and other tales. Join the Thiebaud’s in the family parlor for holiday treats and spiced cider while enjoying Christmas tunes played by West of Dublin. A few holiday gift items will be offered for sale, including old-fashioned toys, corn husk dolls, dried flower bouquets and cookbooks.

Musee de Venoge is located at 4085 State Route 129, which is one mile up 129 off of SR 56. The Thiebaud Farmstead is located at 5147 East State Road 56, which is about three miles west of Vevay.



80s Prom Night

So, like, are you totally ready to step back into the 80s and have a bodacious time?  Pull out that old prom dress, get a tux, and come join us at the Ogle Haus in Vevay as we help the Ohio County Historical Society celebrate the 50 year anniversary!  King & Queen ~ you vote, plenty of dancing, raffles, 80’s video games, euchre tournament, nacho bar & snacks, cash bar!  Get your tickets now ($25.00 per person) for this combined fundraising project of the Switzerland County Historical Society and the Ohio County Historical Society!  Contact the Switzerland County Historical Society or the Ohio County Historical Museum for tickets.
See you at the Ogle Haus on Saturday, November 10th, for 7:00 until 11:30 pm.
Party on!!

All Hallows Eve

Experience old-fashioned Halloween fun for the whole family at the historic Thiebaud Farmstead’s “All Hallows Eve” in Switzerland County! Open from 6 to 9 pm on October 19th and 20th.

There will be storytelling around a campfire, the lore of body snatchers, a scarecrow garden, “Museum of Oddities” & “Cabinet of Curiosities”, phrenology, a witches dance and ghost riders along with crafts, games and tasty treats.

All for $3 admission per person. Family and friends special price of $10 for 5 people!

“All Hallows Eve” is sponsored by the Switzerland County Historical Society and is being held at their historic Thiebaud farmstead at 5147 E. State Road, Vevay, Indiana. For further information call 812-427-3560.

Rural Heritage Tour ~ and Barn Dance

We have stories to tell! Come visit awhile and wander the grounds of two welcoming sites in the countryside near Vevay, Indiana that reflect the rural nature of the area and its history. Meet some folks and hear their stories about the early life, music and trades of the French-Swiss settlers who made Switzerland County their home.

The Rural Heritage Tour will take place Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, the 7th from noon to 5 pm at two National Historic Register sites ~ Musee de Venoge and the Thiebaud Farmstead.
Musee de Venoge at 4085 Hwy 129 is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture once common in Switzerland County in the early 1800s. A big favorite at Venoge is the fresh pressed cider from local apples, hearthside cheese making, and baking pies and breads in the outdoor bake oven.
At the Thiebaud Farmstead at 5147 East State Road 56, an 1850s Greek Revival house restoration, the daily activities of hearth cooking, laundry and sewing are entertaining in contrast to today’s households. Furniture making, a working forge and an operating hay press barn are among the activities of the day.
Period music and dance lends merriment to the day at both sites. An added highlight this year is an old-fashioned Barn Dance at the Thiebaud barn on Saturday evening at 5:30 pm. Bring your dancin’ shoes!
Rural Heritage Tour 2018 is sponsored by the Switzerland County Historical Society and Musee de Venoge, made possible through the generous support of Switzerland County Tourism. No admission charge but donations are greatly appreciated.
For further information contact: or or call 812-427-3560 or 812-593-5726.