History of Burns Harbor Exhibit at the Museum

An exhibit on the history of the town of Burns Harbor is open at the Westchester Township History Museum. The museum is located in the Brown Mansion at 700 w. Porter Ave., Chesterton and is free of charge.

 The exhibit traces the history of Westchester Township’s youngest town from its early 19th century settlement through the years when it was know as Westport, to the construction of Bethlehem Steel, the incorporation of the town and on up to the present.

 Vintage photographs, maps, paintings and historic artifacts are also included in the exhibit. In addition, a rare promotional film produced by Bethlehem Steel in the late 1960s will be shown as part of the exhibit. The film includes footage of the leveling of the Central Dunes and the building of the Burns Harbor plant.

 The exhibit also includes a Burns Harbor Photo Album, a notebook which includes a timeline of Burns Harbor history and historical essays about the town, and a notebook for area residents to record their memories of Burns Harbor.

 The exhibit was curated by museum curator Jane Walsh-Brown and is based on research, maps, and photographs compiled by guest curator Bill Meyer and museum researcher Eva Hopkins. The following local residents have loaned items for the exhibit: Marilyn Arvidson, Rick and Anne Hokanson, Jane Jordan and the Town of Burns Harbor, Marlene Knapp, and Pauline Poparad.

 The History of Burns Harbor exhibit will remain on display through the end of December. The Lost Tourist Attractions of the Dunes has been extended until the end of October.

 The Westchester Township History Museum is an educational and cultural service of Westchester Public Library. The museum is open free of charge 1 – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday, in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. For more information call the museum at 983-9715.

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