Heart City Heritage Talks are held 6-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday in March, May, July and September. Indiana Landmarks joins Ruthmere Foundation in sponsoring the talks, which will take place at the Dr. Havilah Beardsley House in Elkhart. Taken as a whole, the series of talks aims to acquaint you with information on preservation and how to delve into the background of historic places.
Historic Preservation 101: From Maintaining your Home to Preserving a Community
Speakers: Brad Miller, Community Preservation Specialist at Indiana Landmarks, & Ann Linley, President, Elkhart Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission
The Elkhart Project: Deep Building Research
Speaker: Robin Wenger, Grants Coordinator, City of Elkhart
Historic Cemeteries in Indiana
Speaker: Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology
Hoosier Highways: Indiana Byways and Heritage Tourism
Speakers: Kay Shelton, President of the National Lincoln Highway Association & Kurt Garner, President of Indiana’s Historic Michigan Road Association
Havilah Beardsley, founder of the city of Elkhart, was a physician, industrial entrepreneur, and railroad investor built. He built the house in 1848, with flanking additions that followed to accommodate his growing family. Ruthmere Foundation acquired the house in 2007 and has restored it inside and out. The highly decorative interior features mahogany, walnut and cherry woodwork, elaborate plaster moldings, etched glass, and paint colors and wall papers that replicate original schemes.