Chesterton Tribune

Historians hear history of Porter

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Florence Dresh, assisted by Nancy Hokanson and Patricia Kara, presented The History of Porter for the Duneland Historical Society at the Library Service Center on Thursday, March 15.

Pat Volkman, who was scheduled for the program and who did much of the work on the slide presentation, was ill and not able to attend.

Approximately seventy members and guests saw the historical pictures and maps interlaced with modern day photos of the old section of Porter. Many of those in attendance shared their own memories of Porter and of the scenes shown.

Included were several railroad depots, the brick yards, many store buildings, churches, schools, Porter Bank and town buildings.

The Friends of Porter also used the Porter County Interim Report which was published by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana in 1991 and took pictures of each of the buildings and houses from Porter which had been selected.

Ratings for the selected properties were outstanding, notable and contributing. The one outstanding structure in Porter was the former St. Paul Church building at Francis Ave. and Beam St. Two business buildings on Lincoln Street, seven houses and the Town Hall were rated as notable.

The April meeting of the Society will be the spring dinner at the Library Service Center on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $7.00 per person and the program will be presented by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. The dinner is open to members and their guests. The public is invited to the program meeting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are needed by April 10 and should be phoned to the Library Programming Department at 921-0963.