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21+ Vintage Valentine Event at Barker Mansion

Mansion Items up for AuctionKick off Valentine’s Day in vintage style at the Barker Mansion on Saturday, February 13 between 4 and 6 pm. Guests can enjoy a photo booth, silent auction of non-original deaccessioned mansion items, and a vintage thrift sale featuring clothing and accessories.

Beer, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the Drawing Room, where there will be a live pianist.

Self-guided tours will allow guests to view all three floors of the mansion, which was built by freight car industrialist John H. Barker in 1905.

Vintage attire is encouraged, but not required. A $15 fee applies; reservations are not necessary. This is a 21+ event and a valid ID is required for entry.

Please note that this event replaces the Barker Romance Ball, which was cancelled due to low ticket sales.




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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 Tour begins 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 Tour is 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 Game is 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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