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Barker Mansion Celebrates Museum Day September 27

Barker Mansion will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. The event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket will be available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at Barker Mansion only Saturday 27 from 12 to 4 PM, CST. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! at Barker Mansion, call 219 873-1520.

Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington St., Michigan City, IN. Barker Mansion is the1905 home of John H. Barker, freight car industrialist. Three floors of original furnishings, a sunken garden, artworks and sculptures are featured in this home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Barker Mansion Coffee in the Garden

Barker Mansion will serve “Coffee in The Garden” beginning Saturday, July 12 and continuing throughout the summer on Saturdays from 9 AM-1130AM, CST. Coffee, iced tea and cookies will be available throughout the morning.

The turn-of the-century style garden, centered with a pool and brick walkways, contains colorful annuals, roses and perennials. Wicker chairs, sundial, griffon bench, traditional garden sculpture items and hanging ferns complete the late Victorian scene.

Barker Mansion is a 1900 house museum built by John H. Barker, railroad industrialist. The Mansion contains many Barker household items and original artwork.  Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington St., Michigan City, one block east of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall. For more information call 219 873-1520. Guided tours of the Mansion are only offered on Saturdays at 12 noon and 2 PM.

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Barker Mansion Summer Exhibit

Enjoy summer with this year’s summer exhibit, “A Lady’s Summer Leisure”. Barker Mansion’s collection of white summer cotton bastite lingerie dresses begins the exhibit in the Mansion’s French Room. These dresses were worn for an afternoon in the garden while entertaining summer guests, A room is devoted to the outdoor activities of croquet, tennis, bicycling and a swim in Lake Michigan. Little girls dressed in mother’s hats and dresses are having a “Pretend Tea Party” in the cozy Morning Room. In the Master Bedroom, an approaching evening out showcases gowns from our collection. The Peacock Room displays Barker family accessories of purses, shoes and jewelry. Also presented in this room is a large collection of hats ranging from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. This exhibit will remain in place through September 30.

Barker Mansion, the 1905 home of John H. Barker, railroad car an architectural style sunken garden. The Mansion given industrialist, contains original furnishings, art objects, a ballroom, and to Michigan City by Catherine Barker Hickox, daughter of John H. Barker is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Barker Mansion, located at 631 Washington St., Michigan City IN 46360 is one block east of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall. Barker Mansion is handicap accessible.

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Join the Barker Civic Center Guild

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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Educational Tours and Programs Available at the Barker Mansion

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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