Portage Community Historical Society
2013 IS A BIG YEAR FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY! It marks the 25th Anniversary of the group's founding! There was be a wonderful banquet on Feb. 24th at Woodland Park. Thanks to everyone who made it great!
Look for the Historical Society's antique fire truck in the upcoming Christmas Parade on Dec.7 at 4PM!
Christmas Open House Dec.7 from 10-4 and Dec.8 from 12-4. The museum will be decorated for the season with festive trees and ornaments. St. Nick and Mrs. Claus will also be there to have their pictures taken with the kids! Enjoy the cookies and punch accompanied by live holiday dulcimer music.
Here's a sampling of pictures from festivals past!
Are you someone who would be interested in volunteering to work at either the house or museum? Do you have friends or relatives who might like to volunteer, too? Please call Lois Mollick at 762-4218 or the Park Dept. at 762-1675 and sign up to help us man (or woman) these historical buildings.
As you know, restoration of the Trager Farmstead was finished fall 2006. Tuesday, Nov. 28, was the Open House. Mayor Doug Olson, Rep. Duane Cheney, several local councilmembers, reporters, and supporters from the community were there for the ribbon cutting ceremony. A special thanks to the Rowzies for loaning a whole bedroom set for the large upstairs bedroom. It was a nice turn out. Take a look at a few pictures!
Al Goin presenting Mayor Olson with a plaque in appreciation for his support
The ribbon cutting ceremony
Log Cabin News
Through the hard work and diligence of Clement Khan, Al Goin, Carl Fisher, and several others in the Historical Society, the Parks Dept., and the City, the Historical Society had won the bid for a historic log cabin for the Countryside Park. It is a Linden Family Swedish structure from the 1860s that was located in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It was then moved to Countryside Park.
Unfortunately, the Society wasn't able to acquire the money or resources needed to restore this very unique cabin to the standards of the National Register of Historic Places. A new home has been found with the Kankakee Valley Historical Society where it will probably become part of the Collier Lodge site.
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Created by Donna Smith for the Portage Community Historical Society
First Posted Oct. 19, 2005. Last Updated Nov. 21, 2013.
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