April events at Barker Mansion

The newly renovated Barker Mansion.

MICHIGAN CITY — After several months of renovation, the 1st and 2nd floors of the Barker Mansion are open for tour.

The Mansion will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays for the 1 p.m. guided tour as well as their regularly scheduled specialty events. Discounted rates are $3/ youth or senior and $5/adult.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Mansion, contact Director Emily Reth at ereth@emichigancity.com or by calling the Mansion at 219-873-1520.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City. Visit www.barkermansion.com for details.

More events at Barker Mansion include:

• History on Tap — On Thursday at 6 p.m. join Barker Mansion for their monthly lecture series on the social history of the age, with craft beer served by Zorn Brew Works. Tickets are free to the public and beer from Zorn Brewery will be for sale for $4/pour.

• Trivia Night — On Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., join the second annual Barker Mansion Trivia Night hosted by Mark Kline. Come at 6 p.m. for a self-guided mansion tour ($2 fee) and enjoy pizza, soup, sweets for purchase. During this event no outside food and drink permitted. Cost is $10 per person, teams of six recommended. Space is limited, so reservation is required in advance. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite.

• Cigar Rolling — On April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. you can roll your own cigars at the Barker Mansion. Learn about the life of factory workers who made cigars in the Gilded Age and the industrialists who smoked them. The program also includes a cigar-making demonstration by Larry Olive, and afterward guests will be able to roll their own cigars. Cost is $25/ person, which includes a cigar to take home. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite or by calling the Mansion at 219-873-1520. This event is ages 18+ only.

• Pop-Up Tour at St. Mary's of the Immaculate Conception — On April 26 at 6 p.m., meet at Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. and walk to St. Mary the Immaculate Conception as a group. Discover the intertwined history between this 151-year-old church and the Michigan City industrialist family. On the walk to St. Mary’s participants will dive deeper into what the neighborhood and what the faith community surrounding around St. Mary’s looked like. While inside the church the group will hear more about St. Mary’s beginning in Michigan City. Guests will also be able to view the Alfonso Iannelli altar, the Stations of the Cross, and the F.X. Zettler stained glass windows from Germany.

Mansion Heritage Interpreters and St. Mary’s Historian Patricia Gruse Harris will lead the evening. The event costs $10 per adult and $5 per senior or youth. Proceeds will be split between the two organizations. Registration is required via Eventbrite.

• April Garden Day — On April 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. help the garden get ready. Barker Mansion needs volunteers to assist with mulching, cleaning flower beds, planting flowers, and garden furniture set-up. Light snacks will be available. A scheduled rain day is TBD.

If you are interested in assisting this year, contact Director Emily Reth or by calling the mansion at 219-873-1520.

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