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Porter County Museum

Address

153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso, IN 46383

Contact

Phone: (219) 465-3595

About

Once the sheriff’s residence and local jail, the Porter County Museum is now home to North- ern Indiana’s largest collection of area history and treasures. Exhibits are displayed through- out the building and change often—because they’re always finding new artifacts, every trip is a fresh adventure.

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Events:

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100 Years 100 Objects

Dates: January 01 - December 31, 2016
Wed. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

In 2016, the Porter County Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Museum opened the exhibit 100 Years 100 Objects in July of 2015, The Museum has been collecting artifacts for 100 years, since Indiana's Centennial Celebration in 1916, and this unique exhibit gives the public an inside look at 100 of the objects that make up the Museums varied Collection. As you view the collection you will also learn about how museums collect and care for artifacts.

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Prehistoric Porter County

Dates: January 01 - December 31, 2016
Wed. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

In 1909, Porter County farmer Myron Benedict was plowing his field when he came across what appeared to be a massive tooth. It was harvest season, and the busy farmer threw the tooth in a corncrib and forgot all about it. In April of 1949, Benedict unearthed parts of a skeleton, teeth, and tusks of a mastodon (Mammut americanum) while plowing a portion of his property that had never been previously tilled. Digging for the mastodon bones was delayed till the fall of 1949 so that the soil could dry out and ease to work involved in recovery and preservation efforts. These artifacts and others are on display in the Prehistoric Porter County exhibit. Children are invited to do a little digging of their own, and visitors are asked to think about what they would do if they found a tooth in their backyard.

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We Are Porter County Series

Dates: January 07 - November 03, 2016
Wed. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

"We are Porter County" will highlight the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day. Held on the first Thursday of each month.

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Camp Goodfellow

Dates: June 18 - September 03, 2016
Wed. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Camp Goodfellow, which operated in the forests outside the Indiana Dunes from 1941-1976, represents a unique blend of Northwest Indiana's industrial and environmental cultures. It is now the location of the Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center. The Camp Goodfellow exhibit at the Porter County Museum displays a unique collection of artifacts and photographs that describe the social project that brought together diverse children from across the region to learn about the history and environment of the Indiana Dunes.

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PoCo Muse Block Party

Date: Saturday, July 16
Noon - 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Join friends and neighbors for a cookout on the front lawn of the Porter County Museum. Food, drink, fun, and museum exhibits.