“Christmas At Barker Mansion” opens December 7. This holiday season, Barker Mansion is creating scenes from popular children’s stories in “Children’s Classic Stories at Christmas”. Children’s literature can be traced to spoken stories between adults and children before printing was invented. Modern literature, as we know it today, moved from rigid teaching to humorous, imaginative child-oriented stories. “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” was among the first stories that signaled that change. It was followed by the adventure story “Treasure Island”, and the publication of the memorable “Little Women”.
These three early stories are among those shown at Barker Mansion this year. “Alice In Wonderland” is depicted in the Library, highlighted with a table set for a queen with her brilliant red crown. “Little Women”, in the Drawing Room has Jo and Beth around the grand piano given to them by their wealthy neighbor. “Treasure Island” in the Dining Room is outfitted with a pirate and his gold treasure chest filled with gold coins. In the Butler’s Pantry, “A Baker’s Dozen” explains the origin of the phrase “baker’s dozen”. St Nicholas and many cookies are the center of attention here. In the large foyer, the depiction of “Polar Express” has snow, ice draped doorways, Santa, a little boy and his bell from Santa, a conductor and train telling the story. On the second floor, “Pollyanna” features the sparkling rainbow maker lamp and Glad Game that epitomize the perpetual optimism and cheerfulness of Pollyanna. The ever classic “Wizard of Oz” has Dorothy and Toto and a surprise visit from the Wicked Witch of the East. The more recent “The Mitten”, a snowy woodland story, features creatures of the woods that help a little boy find his lost mitten. Cinderella and her Prince hold court in the mirrored purple and gold decorated the third floor Ballroom.
A museum gift shop located in Mr. Barker’s office features Victorian Christmas ornaments, gift items, books, and tea pots and tea accessories at reasonable prices. Barker Mansion’s commemorative-boxed tea is also available.
Open House touring begins December 7 and extends through December 22. Open House hours are Monday-Friday 12-3 and Saturday-Sunday at 12-4. “Christmas by Candlelight” is December 13 from 5:00 to 8:00. December 23 through January 15, the decorations may be seen during guided tours Monday-Friday at 10:00, 11:30, and 1:00 and Saturday-Sunday at 12:00 and 2:00. All times are CST. The Mansion is closed December 24, 25 and January 1. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. School classes are welcome with reservations.
For information, call (219) 873-1520. Barker Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 631 Washington St., Michigan City, IN, one block east of Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall.
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Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of April, July, October, and December beginning at 7:00 p.m. Join as an active or supporting member. Informative and historical programs are presented at these meetings, with opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Annual dues are payable during the months of January, February, and March.
Supporting Membership: $10, $25, $50, or $100
Active Membership: $5
Click here to obtain the Barker Civic Center Guild Membership Application.
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A visit to Michigan City’s Barker Mansion enriches students’ knowledge of Indiana’s industrial heritage, the early history of Michigan City and surrounding area, and the role of the Barker family. Barker Mansion features exceptional programs that meet our state educational standards, as well as students’
requirements for fun!
We offer programs in Victorian lifestyles, early 1900’s school life, and clue problem solving skills. These individual tour topics can be designed to fit the Indiana Standards or individual curriculum needs. Because of time limitations, only one topic is offered per tour. If a large group wants to visit, arrangements can be made with other local museums or the Washington Park Zoo to alternate our program with their programs so your students have many opportunities to learn during their trip.
The Historic Mansion Tourbegins with an introductory video about the history of Michigan City and the Barker family. A tour of the mansion and gardens (weather permitting) follows, highlighting the Barker furnishings and the lifestyle of a well- to-do Victorian family. This tour is suitable for kindergarten through high school and is offered from February through October.
The Early 1900’s Schoolroom Touris a hands-on turn-of-the-century classroom program presented in Catherine Barker’s third- floor schoolroom. A slate board is provided for each child to complete classroom activities. Games, singing, and reciting exercises are also included. This tour is suitable for grades 3-5 and is limited to thirty students; it is offered from February through October.
The Clue Gameis a lesson in following directions as students complete a word search puzzle. They solve the mystery of the theft of Barker silver by recording clues found throughout the Mansion in a “detective log booklet.” This game is suitable for grades 3-6, is limited to thirty students, and is offered from February through October.
631 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Reservations are required for all tours. A special school admission rate is $1 for students and
$2 for aides and accompanying adults;
one teacher per class is admitted at no charge.
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