The Lives and Legacies of William & Flora Richardson


William and Flora Richardson spend time in their favorite place: outdoors.

The Westchester Township History Museum will celebrate the lives and legacies of William and Flora Richardson with a new exhibit from Saturday, June 2 to Sunday September 2, 2012. The museum, which is an educational and cultural service of Westchester Public Library, is open free of charge,  1 – 5  p.m., Wednesday – Sunday in the historicBrownMansionat700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

The Lives and Legacies of William and Flora Richardson exhibit highlights the fascinating early-1900s Chicago couple who loved the Indiana Dunes. After years of visiting the area with groups like the Prairie Club, the Richardsons built various shelters in what is now Dune Acres and eventually bought land there. Their photographs, letters, and other belongings will be on display and will reveal an intelligent, modern couple who left behind legacies of appreciation and passion for nature, particularly the dunes area.

This exhibit is in conjunction with the exhibit The Photography of William D. Richardson at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, which opened May 18 and will run through August 5. The Brauer exhibit will focus on William Richardson’s photography talents and his use of the Pictorialist style.

Both exhibits have been sponsored in part by the Flora Richardson Foundation, which supports the preservation of the indigenous plants and animals of the dunes, the study of the natural history and science of the dunes, the education of students of the natural sciences and history of the dunes, and institutions that preserve, promote, and educate people about the dunes.

For more information call the museum at 983-9715.

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