2023 Schedule of Events

General Meeting ~ March 20 @ 7pm at the Switzerland County Public Library, program by Bob Woodfill on the technological changes in black powder rifles from 1790-1875 in Indiana.

Hay Days ~ May 20  21 at the Thiebaud Farmstead. Saturday 10-4 & Sunday noon-4. Country living c. 1860, when local farmers were reaping the benefits of the hay press that was patented in the county in 1843. Hay press demos, trades of the time, hearth cooking, music & dance.

Back to Basics Day Camp at Thiebaud Farmstead
June 19 – 23 (Monday – Friday) Hands-on adventures for eight to ten-year-olds. Must pre-register.

Archaeology Day ~ Saturday, September 16 from 11-4 at the museum. An archaeologist and geologist will be on-hand to identify artifacts visitors bring, one-on-one. Demonstrations and activities are being planned and scheduled.

All Hallows Eve ~ October 21 from 5-8 pm. At the museum and grounds, where legends of the past abound! There will be storytelling, the lore of body snatchers, a phrenologist to read your cranium, fortune telling, a witches’ dance, along with crafts, games and tasty treats.

A Country Christmas ~ December 9 from 10-4.Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge, where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.

While all events, with the exception of the Back to Basics Day Camp, are free, your donations are appreciated.

Hay Days

Saturday, May 20 - 10am to 4pm

Sunday, May 21 - noon to 4pm

Visit the Thiebaud Farmstead and experience a hay press in operation, blacksmith, and hearth cooking demonstrations, heirloom gardens, period music, and period trades, all c. 1860.

All Hallows Eve

Saturday, October 21 -  5 ~ 8 pm
1800s Halloween on the museum grounds with fun and games for the entire family.

Country Christmas

December 9th - 10 am ~ 4 pm

Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.


from past Chautauqua events


from past Hay Days / Rural Heritage Tours


from past All Hallows Eve


from past Country Christmas events

Hands on Workshops

In 2019, we offered a "Back to Basics" course for children ages 8 to 11.  It returns this year from June 13th thru the 17that the Thiebaud Farmstead.  Activities will be structured around outdoor skills, etiquette, botanical fun, pottery, and demonstrations.   $25 per child.  Space is limited. Registration begins May 1.  Click here to see photos from the 2019 classes.

Adult classes involving archaeology, bats and bat houses, and herbs are still in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for updated info on these classes.

Contact the museum for more information or to sign up for the workshops.