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Natatorium Events

Academic Year 2010/11

The Engman Natatorium in South Bend, Indiana is a building steeped in the city's history. This building has been renovated and will become the home of the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Hertitage Center. The building will be opened in May, 2010. Following are events planned in anticipation of and as part of the opening of the memorial.

More information about the Natatorium, its historic past, and a video, Divided Waters: Healing a Community's Past, can be found on the South Bend Engman Natatorium site.

The Race Exibit


13th - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Get on the Bus: The Race Exhibit, Kalamazoo, Michigan (BUS TRIP)

$5 reserves your seat (and includes snacks and a bag lunch). The Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Ivy Tech Office of Diversity are co-sponsoring this bus trip to the Kalamazoo race exhibit. The exhibit, "RACE: Are We So Different?" is an interactive and engaging exhibit that helps visitors understand what race is and what it is not. Following the exhibit, a Facilitated Conversations session will bring us together to extend our learning through self-reflection on personal experiences with racial identity, racism, and the perspectives of others. Seating is limited. More information may be found by clicking here.

Katherine O'Dell


26th - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Book Talk and Signing with Katherine O'Dell

Author Katherine O'Dell will present a book talk and signing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium. O'Dell is the author of Our Day: Race Relations and Public Accommodations in South Bend, Indiana.

She researched and analyzed the local scope and the broader picture of the national civil rights movement. According to her work, the struggle began in South Bend decades before the Supreme Court Brown Decision in 1954. There was more local advancement through negotiations rather than demonstrations. Much of the work was done though the NAACP and coordinating councils.

This is the third installment in the Wolfson Press "On Their Shoulders" series on local history. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, RSVP TODAY!

Click here to RSVP online or call 574-520-5580.

Dr. Roland Chamblee

21st - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Open House; 5:30 pm - Special Tribute; Special Tribute to Dr. Roland Chamblee, Sr & Open House

The community will gather to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Roland Chamblee Sr. at an open house from 4pm to 7pm at the Civil Rights Heritage Center at The Natatorium, 1040 W. Washington St. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with invited speakers. Former Gov. Joseph Kernan, Dr. Bernard Vagner and South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke will be speaking.

Several items from the family have been donated to The Natatorium. His photo and a plaque will be added to the permanent exhibit.

Dr. Chamblee was a longtime resident of the community and was one of the first black medical doctors in the area. He died on Sept. 23 at the age of 86.

Latino Heritage Flyer


30th - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Natatorium, South Bend, Indiana

Latino Heritage Month 2010: "A Celebración of Our Gente".
There will be live music, and art exhibition, crafts and games, Latin dance, food and more! Come to this celebration that is free and open to the public.


We are currently planning for the following events:

National Human Rights Day December 10, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service January 17, 2011

National Black Heritage Month February, 2011

National Women's History Month March, 2011

Church in the Movement April, 2011

If you or your organization are interested in helping to develop any these programs please contact us to get involved! All are welcome to participate in order to make this a true community collaboration.

Below are the events leading to the Grand Opening of the Natatorium


7th - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Charles Martin Youth Center, South Bend, Indiana
"Civil Rights Memorials and Community Feelings: South Bend's Natatorium Project" - Dr. Erika Doss, Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame


6th - 7:00 pm - Schurz Library, 5th Floor, Indiana University South Bend
Wolfson Press - "On Their Shoulders" book signing and lecture with David Healey and Lisa Swedarsky, authors of two books published by Wolfson Press on the history of African Americans in South Bend


16th - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Taste of Peace and Study Circles on Race
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, people of all racial, cultural and religious backgrounds are invited to bring a dessert or finger food to share their ideas and experiences in order to build Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of a beloved community. The event is sponsored by the South Bend Human Rights Commission.  The opening of the Natatorium will be part of the announcements in the program.

18th - 8:00 pm - Indiana University South Bend Auditorium, Northside Hall
Martin Luther King Day Celebration Concert
Join Maestro Tsung Yeh and the South Bend Symphony in a musical program in tribute to Dr. King.  The Symphony will be joined by the Symphonic Choir of South Bend directed by Dr. Marvin Curtis and the IU South Bend Chorale conducted by Michael Wade. Tickets are free to the public.


27th - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Indiana University South Bend Auditorium, Northside Hall
"Lift Every Voice...Celebrating the African American Experience" Concert
Experience music by African Americans as we celebrate the African American Experience.  Guest artists are Soprano Louie Toppin, Mezzo Soprano Marietta Simpson, Tenor Orville Lawton, Flautist Bernard Phillips, Bassoonist Lecolion Washington, and pianist Joy Anne Thompson.  Choral music in a variety of genres written by African American composers will be sung the combined voices of the Symphonic Choir of South Bend.  Dr. Marvin V. Curtis will be your host for this event. 
Sponsored by a grant from The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Admission is free to the public.

MARCH 2010

Black and Green Flyer

9th - 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Talk; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Exhibit and Reception - Studebaker National Museum
"Black and Green is Beautiful"
South Bend artist and photographer Javaughn Fernanders presents a set of images which corrects the widespread misperception that African Americans historically have not been interested in the environment. This exhibit is being presented in cooperation with the IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future. Javaughn, a Sustainability Fellow at the Center, uses this exhibit as one of the projects she is working on during her Fellowship. Images on display through the end of March.

APRIL 2010

Nikki Giovanni Presentation

1st - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Century Center, South Bend, Indiana
Nikki Giovanni Presentation
Poet and Children's Book Author will speak in this event that is free to the public. This event is also in celebration of Women's History Month.

10th - 9:30 am to 1:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Church in the Movement V: Building the Community
Panel Discussion: IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center Natatorium 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Gospel Celebration/Concert: 6:00-7:30 pm - Olivet A.M.E. Church, South Bend, Indiana
An educational, spiritual, and cultural look at how faith-based organizations help support and tie churches to the different communities in Michiana in ways similar to the times of the Civil Rights Movement.

Evening Gospel Celebration/Concert: Olivet A.M.E. Church 6-7:30 pm

Crawfish Boil

23rd - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - First United Methodist Church (333 N. Main Street), South Bend, Indiana
Crawfish Boil
A New Orleans-style Crawfish Boil will be held to benefit the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center Natatorium at the First United Methodist Church located at 333 N. Main Street, South Bend, IN. The Boil is sponsored by St. Augustine Catholic Church, Episcopal Cathedral of St. James, and the First United Methodist Church. Chef Burt Kemp, of Jambalaya & Co. in Louisiana will "pull his 'kitchen' into the parking lot of First United Methodist Church for a Creole/Cajun Feast!" Includes crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, potatoes, corn, and dessert for $20 and carryout is available. Tickets are available at each sponsoring church or by calling (574) 232-4837.

MAY 2010

23rd - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Natatorium, South Bend, Indiana
Community Grand Opening of the Natatorium Celebration Event, including a revealing of the Guard Booth. The IU South Bend Euclid Quartet will perform.

Paul Guillaume "Impressions" exhibition of photographs of individuals who have given oral histories of their participation and memories of the Civil Rights Movement and race relations in the South Bend area. Paul Guillaume's photographs and text convey the influences of these individuals' lives. Images on display through the end of July.



The Natatorium Hours of Operation:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-2pm
Thur 3pm-7pm

1040 W. Washington St.
South Bend, IN 46601
phone: 574-234-0207 (The Natatorium)
phone: 574-520-5580 (IUSB Campus Office)

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