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Westchester Township History Museum grand reopening reception Saturday

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Join the Westchester Township History Museum staff at the grand opening reception for the new permanent exhibit, “Westchester Township: Our Story,” on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m., at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton.

The new exhibit space was designed by Museum Curator Serena Sutliff with the help of staff members Joan Costello, Registrar; Eva Hopkins, Researcher; and Susan Swarner, Educator. The entire staff spent months writing and editing text, choosing images and objects, and organizing the exhibit. The wall designs were created by the Grossbauer Group of Chesterton.

New elements of the exhibit include kid-friendly text delivered by the exhibit’s new guide, “Little Eva.” Little Eva will give kids and adults interesting bits of information about local history.

Westchester Public Library opened the museum in 1998 as a free cultural and educational service to celebrate and preserve the history of this community. In 2005, the museum moved to its present location in the historic Brown Mansion, an 1885 Victorian house located on Porter Avenue in Chesterton. Last year, the Westchester Public Library Board of Trustees approved a project proposal to remodel the exhibit space in the Brown Mansion to create a more modern, visitor-friendly look and layout.

After such hard work, the staff is proud to announce the completion of the space and have planned a celebration to officially reopen the permanent exhibit.

Join special guests State Senator Karen Tallian and State Representative Scott Pelath as well as several county, township, and town leaders. House tours will be scheduled throughout the afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

The museum is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information, please call the museum at 983-9715.


Posted 5/22/2014