WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A historic battle that launched the War of 1812
will be commemorated this fall as two Indiana parks prepare for exhibits,
lectures and discussions that cover both sides of the battle.
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe is expected to draw large
crowds to the Tippecanoe Battlefield park and Prophetstown State Park the
weekend of Nov. 5.
Organizers say they want to depict the perspectives of both the troops that
defended Indiana settlers and the Native Americans on the other side of the
Visitors to Historic Prophetstown will have a chance to learn about the
native tribes, how they lived then and what contributions they made to
today’s agriculture, said Dris Abrahama, chief operating officer for the
nonprofit organization located in the park.
“We won’t be focusing much on that day and that defeat,” Abraham told the
Journal & Courier. “We’ll be looking at Native Americans’ contributions.”
Kathy Atwell, executive director of the Tippecanoe County Historical
Association, said the parks expect heavier crowds all summer because of the
anniversary. The group is using grants from the visitors’ bureau to help
promote the anniversary and is spreading word of the anniversary events
through social media, travel sites and trade publications.
Atwell said she
expects 15,000 to 20,000 attendees that weekend if the weather cooperates.