Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. to kick off Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration

Dr. Gates invitation

Beginning January 2013 Ivy Tech Community College will begin a year-long celebration commemorating its 50th Anniversary starting with a kick-off event in Kokomo. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will present Finding Your Roots at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

“It is fitting as we look back on the college’s history, reflecting on our roots as an institution, that we kick off the 50th anniversary with a really dynamic, nationally-renowned speaker,” said Susan Maxson, chair of the event. “No one could be more appropriate than Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

Harvard professor, author and literary critic, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an expert in exploring the past. At the core of his exploration of the past through his work with PBS, Dr. Gates examines race, culture, and identity through genealogy and history to unveil who we are and where we come from. His presentation at the kick-off event will captivate and inspire those who attend to find their roots.

Tickets are $50, including dinner, and are available online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/gates.html. For more information, contact Susan Maxson at 800-459-0561, ext. 221 or smaxson@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, North Manchester, Peru, Rochester, Wabash and Winamac.

Kokomo Automotive Museum Offers Free Admission December 27 & 28, 2012

Shake the winter blues at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!  On Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012, the Museum will be open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm, FREE of CHARGE.  Bring the whole family, see all the changes and new exhibits, and buy a late Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (US 31) on the north side of Kokomo.  See a replica of America’s First Car, developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes, and view over 100 vintage automobiles and memorabilia.  Visit their website at www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.


Auto Museum Haynes Car Exhibit



AHM Yellow Car



Kokomo Automotive Museum

See over 100 vintage cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!




Get Tickets Now for the Holiday Spirits Wine & Beer Tasting at the Seiberling Mansion on Dec. 7th

holiday spirits wine tasting
Holiday Spirits returns to the Seiberling Mansion on December 7, 2012.  You won’t find spirits of the ghostly kind that evening, though.  Instead, it’s the biennial wine and beer tasting benefit in support of the Howard County Historical Society – sponsored by Soupley’s Wine and Spirits and Rozzi’s Catering.

Visitors will sample outstanding wines, beers and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music, while visiting with friends and touring the festive Seiberling Mansion.  Silent auction items will also be available for bidding and purchase.  A special feature, the new Civil War exhibit, featuring artifacts and photographs from the Craig Dunn collection, will be open on the first floor.

Tickets for Holiday Spirits are available from the Howard County Historical Society at 1200 W. Sycamore in Kokomo, from society board members, or online at www.howardcountymuseum.org or www.hchistory.eventbrite.com.  Admission is $20 for HCHS members and $25 for non-members.  For more information, call 765-452-4314.