Two New Exhibits at Westchester Township History Museum

The Westchester Township History Museum will open two exhibits on Sunday, March 10, Police Departments of Westchester Township and Death in Duneland. The exhibits will run through April 28. Opening reception for both exhibits will take place from 2-4 p.m. on March 10.  Cop-inspired refreshments will be served at the opening.  The museum is housed in the historic Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

Police Departments of Westchester Township will include photographs of three generations of Bush family men who served Chesterton as town marshal, deputy marshal, and police commissioner.  Other photos reflect the different roles local police officers have, from patrolling to keep us safe to educating the public about keeping themselves safe. Westchester Township has a rich history of public servants intent on the safety of the area.  Come learn about the history and development of the local police departments through artifacts and photographs.

From Porter County’s first murder to the connection between Al Capone and Chesterton, Death in Duneland will give visitors a glimpse of a sad and often grotesque – but true – part of the history of the community.  Learn about how two railroad deputies came to be arrested for murder in Chesterton in 1933 and what part a 1933 plane crash has to do with local crime.

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

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