The Indiana Historical Society has announced that it will honor both historian Kenneth Schoon and the Porter County Museum at its annual awards ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony is to recognize organizations and people within the Indiana community that have made significant contributions to historical preservation.
People who live in or close to Valparaiso must have passed by the Porter County Museum at least once. This wonderful local museum, which is located at 153 S. Franklin Street, is turning 100 years old this year. The Indiana Historical Society said it wants to honor this museum’s commitment to promoting historical education in the community.
Just because it has been around 100 years doesn’t mean the Porter County Museum is slowing down at all. Indeed, museum staff members are now working on a brand new location in the old Valparaiso police station.
Currently, the Porter County Museum is open from 9am to 5pm Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free to the general public, but the staff always appreciates donations.
The other winner of a distinction from the Indiana Historical Society is none other than Professor Kenneth Schoon. Professor Schoon has taught for decades at Indiana University Northwest, retiring in 2011. Schoon’s greatest interest has been how human history interacts with an area’s geology.
Professor Schoon has helped locals around the south shore of Lake Michigan understand their relationship to the land with his book “Shifting Sands: The Restoration of the Calumet Area.” This book was also made into a critically acclaimed documentary called “Shifting Sands on the Path to Sustainability.”
“Shifting Sands” was actually Professor Schoon’s fourth published work. His first book, called “Calumet Beginnings: Ancient Shorelines and Settlements at the South End of Lake Michigan,” is still being printed.
Indiana Historical Society’s award ceremony is set to take place on December 5th.