Settlers, Inc. Programs

Settlers, Inc. offers a series of "hands-on" history programs. Costumed instructors share their expertise in hand arts and related history. These programs are open to the public by advance registration. Programs may be taken individually for $15 for Settler members and $20 for non-members, or as a series of six included in the $60 Settler Hand Arts Series Membership.

Settler Series 2021-2022

Celebrating Settlers, Inc., 50 Years

Settlers invite you to join their 2021-2022 Series of Hand-Arts Classes. The lifestyle of early Indiana women is celebrated in this Series. We will touch on their activities, joys, and concerns as life moves onward from a log house by the river to a stately brick mansion beside the street.

Pioneer Health
October 14, 2021

Holly and Ivy
November 11, 2021

Historic Stencil Art
February 10, 2022

Grandma's Apron Strings
March 10, 2022

Spring Confections
April 14, 2022

Victorian Frills and Fancies
May 12, 2022

Series Membership = $60. Individual classes are $20 per person for non-members.

Series Programs are open to anyone 14 years old or older (ages 14-18 must attend with an adult).

Advance reservations are required.

Morning Series – doors open at 9:00 a.m. for refreshments, program display and social time. Program is from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Membership Chair: Mary Pat Bailey (260) 482-9794

Settlers, Inc. Events

September 11 & 12, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. [cancelled]
1844 Swinney Homestead Open House / West Central Historic Homes Tour
The Homestead will be open for walk-through tours during the West Central Historic Home Tour hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. No admission charge. (260) 424-7212.

September 18 & 19, 2021
Settlers' Pioneer Village - Johnny Appleseed Festival
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m. Johnny Appleseed/Archer Park, 1502 Harry W. Baals Drive, Fort Wayne, IN. Free admission; charge for parking (free parking at IPFW with shuttle to JA Festival). Costumed Settlers demonstrate black pot cooking and hand arts; Food Sales: Ham & Beans, Chicken Corn Chowder, Beef Stew, Apples & Caramel Sauce, Cornbread & Butter, Sassafras Tea & Lemonade.
You are invited to be a "Settler-for-a day" and volunteer for a few hours, a day, or the week-end to help in one of the areas, serving food, stoking fires, stirring stew pots or demonstrating a historic hand art, such as needlework, crochet, basketry, etc. —Make this a family affair—Men and children over 10 years of age, are also invited to help. Costumes are available for volunteers. Information contact: Denise Keane (260) 441-3413, Louise Larsen (260) 432-7314. Note: Students find this is a great way to build community service hours.

December 3, 2021 - 1:30-4:00 p.m.
December 4, 2021 – 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Christmas 'At-Home' with the Swinney Sisters’ Tea
See “Christmas At Home” page for details.

December 5, 2021
Settlers, Inc. 50th Anniversary Reunion
Settler, Inc. members, past and present, are invited to gather at the Swinney Homestead to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Settlers’ organization. 1:00-4:00 pm. Hearthstone Ensemble will be featured at 2:00 pm. 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne. 260.424.7212

March 17, 2022
Guided History Tour of Allen Co. Court House & Historic Swinney Homestead with Lunch
See History Tour page for more details.]

May 6, 2022
Herb and Perennial Plant Sale
Settlers' Herb and Perennial Plant Sale will be May 6, 10 am - 4 pm in the Swinney House basement and on the west lawn. Proceeds from sale of commercially grown plants and perennial diggings from local gardens support maintenance and restoration of the Homestead. Donations of perennial diggings are welcome--please label with plant name. Call (260) 637-8622 ro (260) 432-7314 for more information.

May 7, 2022
Settlers' Second-Day Plant Sale
9 a.m. - noon; 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Swinney Homestead basement.

For additional information please call Norene Brown (260) 637-8622.














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