Westchester Township History Museum
Phone: (219) 983-9715
Victorian era gardens welcome visitors to the elegant 1885 Brown Mansion, which houses the works of Northern Porter County artists and exhibits that detail the history of the area and saving the Indiana Dunes. Don't miss the exhibit that tells the story of the Prairie Club, one of the nation's early environmental advocacy groups. During the summer, the museum hosts a free concert series on Fridays in Thomas Park, as well as many other public programs. The museum store offers a great selection of books, posters, and maps related to the history of Westchester Township and the Indiana Dunes. Free tours of the 16-room, Queen Anne-style mansion are offered Wednesday-Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. or by appointment. Groups of 10 or more should call the museum to schedule a tour.
2:00 p.m. (CT)
Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in 1852 Virginia and a determined junior lawyer in modern-day New York, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.