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Coffee in the Garden at Barker Mansion

Coffee in the Garden at Barker MansionBack again this summer, the public is invited to Coffee in the Garden at Barker Mansion. The casual program is free of charge and runs from 9 am to 11:30 am on Saturday mornings from July 11 through September 5. Guests are invited to relax amid the sights and sounds of the formal garden which features sculptures, a pergola, wicker chairs, and a fountain pool. Coffee is available for a $1 donation and sweets are free of charge. Last year, it was popular for visitors to shop at the nearby Farmer’s Market before heading over to the mansion.

Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Aside from Coffee in the Garden sessions, guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.

 

 

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Kidsí Nature Program at Barker Mansion

Kidsí Nature Program at Barker MansionCurious children ages 10 and under are invited to a brand new program at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion: Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden. The hour-long program will encourage youth to explore the garden just as Catherine Barker may have done as a young girl.

Frogs will be the focus of July’s Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden session at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion. This session will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 9 am.

Activities will take place in the outdoor garden and include a story, snack time, and an art project themed around the amphibians. The interactive session will be led by Indiana Master Naturalist Cookie Ferguson. A $2 fee per child applies; each accompanying adult is free. Registration is not necessary. The program will be moved indoors if raining. Another Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden session is scheduled for August 6; this session will take a different theme.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Aside from the Kids’ Nature Play in the Garden sessions, guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.

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Sloan Artwork on Display at Barker Mansion

Junius R. SloanThe artwork of Junius R. Sloan will be displayed at Barker Mansion this summer through a partnership with Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art.

“We at the Brauer Museum are delighted to collaborate with the Barker Mansion in this fine way, exposing more viewers to the beautiful art of Junius Sloan in the incredible setting of the mansion,” said Gregg Hertzlieb, Director of the Brauer Museum of Art.

Sloan (1827-1900) is a self-taught Great Lakes Region artist and was a resident of Chicago for much of his life. His paintings are done in the Hudson River School style and depict an unspoiled paradise of Midwest landscape scenes from the mid- to late-1800s.

“The mansion provides a perfect backdrop for Sloan’s artwork,” said Director Jessica Rosier. “It is quite likely that the Barker family would have been aware of Sloan’s talent due to his prominence in the Chicago region. Sloan was creating his artwork at the same time the Barker family was residing in Michigan City.”

Eight of Sloan’s pieces will be on display at Barker Mansion through the end of August. Visitors will be able to view the pieces as part of the regularly scheduled mansion tours.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Aside from the Pink Teas, guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes Look at Barker Mansion

Behind the Scenes Look at Barker Mansion - The French RoomHave you ever wondered what’s behind the scenes at the historic Barker Mansion?

Brand new this summer, the Nuts and Bolts Tour will journey into the nooks and crannies of the building which are normally off-limits.

Guests will discover remnants of the past such as the central vacuum system, the furnace, and intricate electrical panels. The tour will take participants on back stairways and into the basement.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Barker took advantage of the mansion’s location right next to the Haskell and Barker Car Company, bringing many of the factory’s advanced mechanical amenities to the home.

Advance registration and payment of $10 per person is required for the Nuts and Bolts Tour which takes place on July 8 and August 12 at 7 pm. A special Barker Mansion flashlight will be included with the tour fee, which will allow for up-close investigation. Call (219) 873-1520 to reserve your space.

Aside from the Nuts and Bolts Tour, general tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm beginning in June. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.

 

 

 

 

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Educational Tours and Programs Available at the Barker Mansion

A Historic Setting for your Fairytale DayA 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
219-873-1520


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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