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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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ime to kick off the 2024 season. May 5th, from 9-12PM, we will be hosting our most anticipated event of the year with Dagger Mountain [...]
Spring Festivals And Special Events

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    Join the Northwest Indiana tradition of celebrating and supporting Northwest Indiana's Unique Culture at these premier Festivals and Events in Lake, Porter and LaPorte [...]
28th Annual Friends of Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale

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Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale

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Halfway to Halloween - Valparaiso

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Stargazing at Indiana Dunes

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Music Heritage Series

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Spring Festivals And Special Events

Spring Festivals And Special Events

    Join the Northwest Indiana tradition of celebrating and supporting Northwest Indiana's Unique Culture at these premier Festivals and Events in Lake, Porter and LaPorte [...]
Spring Festivals And Special Events

Spring Festivals And Special Events

    Join the Northwest Indiana tradition of celebrating and supporting Northwest Indiana's Unique Culture at these premier Festivals and Events in Lake, Porter and LaPorte [...]
Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

Summer Disney Movies At Founders Square

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

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Bacon Fest - Portage

Bacon Fest - Portage

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Elvis FANtasy Fest - Portage Indiana

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Elvis FANtasy Fest - Portage Indiana

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Elvis FANtasy Fest - Portage Indiana

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

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Full Moon Hike - Indiana Dunes State Park

Full Moon Hike - Indiana Dunes State Park

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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

11/23/2024 - 11/24/2024    
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

Valparaiso All Animal Expo - Valparaiso

See Chameleons, Crickets, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Arachnids/Spiders, Snakes, Pythons, Sugar Gliders, Ferrets, Macaws, Cockatoos, Parrots, Cockatiels, Feeders, Supplies and a large variety of fuzzy, furry [...]

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Portage Community Historical Society (Countryside Museum)

5250 U.S. Hwy 6 (mailing address P.O. Box 305) Countryside Park (across from Camelot Bowling Lanes) Portage IN 46368 United StatesWork Phone: 219-762-8349Website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inpchs/park.htm
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The Alton Goin Museum

The Alton Goin Museum

Open Saturdays and Sundays
1:00pm-4:00pm
April-mid November with special Christmas hours5250 U.S. Hwy 6
(mailing address P.O. Box 305)
Countryside Park
(across from Camelot Bowling Lanes)
Portage, IN 46368
762-8349 (during Museum hours)
or 762-1675 (Portage Parks Department)

 

Named for one of the members instrumental in getting the museum built, the Alton Goin Museum sits peacefully in the 33-acre Countryside Park on U.S. 6 in Portage. The Museum was built with community support and volunteers, showing just how much historical preservation means to the people of Portage.

As the Historical Society’s collection of antiques and memorabilia grew, so did the need for more space. Until the completion of this new museum, the Trager Farmhouse was used to display exhibits. The Alton Goin Museum was dedicated in June of 2003 and now houses many wonderful antiques, most of them relating to Portage area history. When you come to visit, you can see such exhibits as a miniature model replica of parts of the city, Indian artifacts and reproduced clothing, one of the old Township fire engines, and Portage High School memorabilia. Take a look at some highlights of the Museum’s collection. The Museum also sells informational booklets such as the new one showcasing historic homes in Portage. Stop by and take a look!

The Historic Buildings

Front view of the historic Trager farmhouse at Countryside Park before renovationFront view of the historic Trager farmhouse at Countryside Park after renovation

Left: 2005 before the Renovation. Right: Nov. 28 Open House after the Renovation.

More than a hundred years ago, Charles and Elizabeth Trager moved into a two-story, timber-framed farmhouse in Portage Township. As was typical of the day, their home had neither electricity, nor indoor plumbing, nor any other modern conveniences. Nestled in what is now known as Countryside Park, the old Trager farmhouse still stands–a reminder of days gone by.

The Trager Farm Historic Restoration Project, started in 2004 by the Portage Community Historical Society, is the Society’s way of preserving this piece of history for generations to come. A grant was awarded to the Society to restore the Trager home to its original late nineteenth/early twentieth-century style. The renovation of the building itslef was completed in the fall of 2006. The house was officially opened on Nov. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Christmas Open House. The Trager home will eventually become a living history exhibit. What did people wear back then? What kinds of chores did they have to do? How did they cook their food? What did they do for fun? You’ll be able to find out what life was like on a working turn-of-the-century farm.

the new barn

The original barn was also slated to be repaired and modernized. Unfortunately, it was completely destroyed in a fire in the summer of 2005 that also damaged the milkhouse and tool shed. The Society, the Park Dept., the architect, and the builders finalized the floor plans for its reconstruction in late 2006. A new barn now stands at the spot–one big enough to house such larger display items as plows, buggies, and other farm staples.

The MilkhouseThe Tool Shed

The Society had the milkhouse and tool shed repaired, as well. It also added another building to the property–an outhouse. No working turn-of-the-century farmhouse would be complete without one. Sears and Roebuck catalog, anyone?

The Society just didn’t have the resources to restore the Civil War-era Linden log cabin it got from the National Lakeshore. The wonderful people at the Kankakee Valley Historical Society were able to transport it to their location where it will be beautifully restored as part of their historical complex.

Countryside Park

Small lake behind the Alton Goin MuseumLooking eastward down the Prairie Duneland Trail

While you’re visiting the Museum, take time to enjoy the natural surroundings, too. The historic buildings and the Alton Goin Museum are situated in Countryside Park, one of the Portage Parks Department’s many beautiful and relaxing parks. Purchased in 1984 by the City of Portage for drainage improvements, the park has been turned into a peaceful farm-like setting. The Prairie Duneland Trail also passes through part of the park, making it a great place to stop for a break. Bring the family out for the day. Explore the history of Portage, fish in the stocked lake behind the Museum, hike the Trails, or come out to Countryside Park in the winter to sled down Portage’s largest sledding hill! Picnic tables and portable, outdoor restroom facilities are conveniently located.

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