Category Archives: Historical

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65th Anniversary of Standard Oil Fire in Whiting Indiana

by John Hmurovic      Sixty-five years ago this month, Whiting was the site of one of the most spectacular industrial explosions in history. A solid, steel hydroformer, a unit used to increase the octane of gasoline, shattered into pieces in a powerful blast at the Whiting Refinery, then owned by Standard Oil. The sound of…

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LaPorte County Museum To Re-Open

     The La Porte County Historical Society announces its plans for the re-opening of their Museum on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 2405 Indiana Avenue in La Porte.      In order to protect the public, museum staff, and volunteers from COVID-19, certain restrictions will be in place. Masks are required of all visitors…

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Native Garden & Medicinal Garden Growing

     This is the third year of our Kankakee Valley Historical Society Native Gardens project. Cindy Deardorff and Judy Judge are core of our Native Gardens committee. Last week Cindy and Judy began planting of the Three Sisters garden. A Native American Three Sisters Vegetable Garden consists of corn, squash, and beans.    …

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New Historical Building Planned Downtown LaPorte

The La Porte County Public Library is pleased to announce that a new name has been chosen for the old telephone switchboard building at 807 Indiana Avenue that was donated to the library about 5 years ago for expansion. The Board of Trustees approved the name “LPCPL Exchange: Connecting People and Ideas” at its May…

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Visit These Virtual Museums During the Pandemic

     Virtual Tours – Museums, Parks, Heritage Sites, Operas, and More     The La Porte County Historical Society has compiled a list of free virtual tours of Museums, Parks, Heritage Sites, Operas, and more for the benefit of families and individuals confined to home during this pandemic.      The following list is…

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Calumet Revisited Lecture Series

Calumet Forum Programs 2020 – 2021     Calumet Revisited, a monthly forum on the Region’s past, present, and future, continues as guest speakers shed light on its rich history and environment.     For this school year, the Tuesday discussions will be held via Zoom at 5p.m.    This year’s speakers are Nov. 3, 2020, Eli Suzukovich…

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Home for the Holidays Home Tour Whiting Indiana

by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko      Come to the Whiting Arts Alive! Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 8th where you can meet the gracious hosts and appreciate the homes of five different Whiting residences plus the amazing church turned into a home by one enterprising couple.      The huge brick church had been the home…

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Historic Community Center, Whiting Indiana

Historic Community Center is now housed by the YMCA by Carl Zurbriggen    The Center was open for tours in 2019 for patrons to experience the history of the Whiting Family YMCA and former Whiting Community Center that was built by John D. Rockefeller!    Patrons viewed the facility like never before by taking a tour…

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Century of Progress Talk Before the Tour

     Every year, the Indiana Landmarks conducts a tour of the Century of Progress homes, and it is ALWAYS SOLD OUT! However, there’s a talk on Friday Night that holds a larger audience at the Tourism Center in Chesterton.  View of the Homes from The Beach Youtube Video Short:       The 1933 World’s…

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Aukiki Historical River Walk

     The Kankakee Valley Historical Society is excited to offer a new activity! The Aukiki River Walk guided tour. The tour is set for Saturday, October 2nd at 10 AM        This unique, experiential and family friendly activity is meant to raise awareness about the significance of the Kankakee River marsh, garner new…

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