La Porte Co. Historical Society
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 pioneer 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 Victorian 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 antique car shows and Civil War reenactments 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 sports memorabilia, antique dolls and toys, glassware and porcelain, agricultural items, military items, household items, vintage clothing, and a mastodon jaw and bones.
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 Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time.
Temporary Exhibits on display on September 21, 2019 include:
THE GOLDEN AGE: INDIANA LITERATURE (1880-1920)
Drawn from collections at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Library, and Indiana University’s Lilly Library, the exhibition at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum explores what came to be known as the “Golden Age of Indiana Literature.” From 1880 to 1920, Hoosier authors achieved both national prominence and popular acclaim. A 1947 study found that Indiana authors ranked second to New York in the number of bestsellers produced in the previous 40 years. The exhibit concentrates on the lives and careers of four individuals – George Ade, Meredith Nicholson, Booth Tarkington and James Whitcomb Riley - but other Indiana authors are highlighted as well.
ROLAND LEE HOCKETT ART EXHIBIT
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is hosting an art exhibition of works by former La Porte resident Roland Hockett. Hockett, born in La Porte and a 1956 graduate of La Porte High School, spent the majority of his career as an art professor at Gulf Coast College in Panama City, Florida. Hockett earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and then taught at La Porte High School for three years before moving to Florida.
Hockett has graciously donated a number of items from his collection to the Museum, and the majority will be on display in this exhibit. He has produced numerous paintings, sketches, and sculptures throughout his lifetime. His works have been installed in the Florida Supreme Court, Panama City Florida International Airport, and the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica.
The Roland Hockett Exhibit includes approximately 30 of the artist’s works including multi-media, copper work, paintings, and sketches, both framed and unframed. The exhibited works range from his early work to later pieces.
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