La Porte Co. Historical Society Museum
2405 Indiana Ave., Ste. 1, La Porte, IN 46350 - United States
La Porte County Historical Society Museum, at 2405 Indiana Ave., La Porte, IN 46350, offers three floors of exhibits featuring 14 period rooms including a log cabin, a general store, a doctor’s and dentist’s office, a business office, a school room, and a Victorian bedroom, living room, and dining room. Along Main Street is a re-created block of La Porte storefronts. The Museum houses the W.A. Jones Collection of Ancient Weapons, which consists of more than 1,000 pieces from such places as Cairo, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Mexico City. Events including the annual Antique Car Show are held on the ample grounds.
The Kesling Automobile Collection displays such vehicles as a Duesenberg, a Cord, a Tucker, and a DeLorean. Museum exhibits include La Porte County art, sports memorabilia, antique dolls and toys, glassware and porcelain, agricultural items, industrial items, military items, household items, vintage clothing, and a mastodon jaw.
Besides the outstanding collection of La Porte County memorabilia, the Museum offers an exceptional research area which was dedicated in March 2017 as the Fern Eddy Schultz Research Library, in honor of Fern’s service and dedication for many years as La Porte County (IN) Historian.
In 2011, the Indiana Historical Society recognized the La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. as the Outstanding Historical Society for that year having been nominated by Fern Eddy Schultz. The Museum has been designated by AAA as a “Gem Attraction.” La Porte County is extremely fortunate to have this outstanding facility to showcase the county’s history. No other county in the state or possibly the country has such an exceptional local museum.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time.
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