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Township History Museum presents 'Saving the Indiana Dunes' as its summer exhibit

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Pageant, Protest, and Progress: Saving the Indiana Dunes is the title of the new summer exhibit at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton.

The exhibit will open Saturday, June 1, with an opening reception that will take place from 2-4 p.m. Picnic-type refreshments will be served.

The last day of the exhibit will be Sept. 1.

Pageant, Protest, and Progress tells the story of the fight to preserve the Indiana Dunes for the people of Northwest Indiana and visitors to the region. Understanding the unique ecology of the Dunes and the history that has made them so unique helps explain why so many people fought so hard for so long to create the state park and national lakeshore and why people continue the conservation and preservation efforts today.

The exhibit will highlight groups like the Prairie Club and Save the Dunes Council and their efforts and activities to promote and create a park in the Dunes. Another section of the exhibit will focus on the incredible women involved in the Dunes movement from the early 1900s to today.

Artifacts from the Prairie Club, examples of nationally published articles and journals, and wonderful photographs of the Dunes movement help to explain how widespread the activities reached and how passionate the participants were.

In addition, visitors will learn about free, simple ways they can help preserve the Dunes for future generations to enjoy.

Visitors will also enjoy browsing The History of Fatherís Day exhibit which will be on display June 1-23.

The Westchester Township History Museum is a free educational and cultural service of Westchester Public Library and is open free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call 983-9715.


Posted 5/28/2013