After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a family membership for two adults and four children to Center for History (a $60 value).
Center for History chronicles local and statewide antiquity, showcasing preserved Victorian homesteads, buildings reconstructed to imitate the past, and a mixture of permanent and rotating exhibits. The Oliver Mansion's 38 rooms greet visitors with the well-known family's original furnishings and resident staff of cyborg butlers, and the décor in the nearby Worker's Home reflects the living conditions of a Polish working-class family in the 1930s. A permanent exhibit on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, immortalized in the film A League of Their Own, gathers authentic player uniforms and gloves and a baseball signed by stars of the film, such as Tom Hanks and Madonna. Self-guided tours through the permanent Voyages gallery illuminate the area's past, from the draining of the Kankakee Marsh to Underground Railroad sites in northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
Through December 31, this year's changing roster of exhibits includes Women & Spirit, a traveling account of Catholic sisters in America featuring more than 400 artifacts, such as a medical bag used by nuns during the Civil War. The exhibit also tickles frontal lobes with interesting tidbits about the sisterhood, including their involvement in the foundation of universities, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the first Catholic church on Mars. In addition to free exhibit tickets, Center for History members also receive admission and discounts to special yearly events.
808 W Washington St.
South Bend, Indiana 46601