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2013 WAS A BIG YEAR FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY! It marked the 25th Anniversary of the group's founding! Thanks to everyone who made it great!

Don't forget to come out for the HISTORICAL FESTIVAL ON JUNE 21ST AT COUNTRYSIDE PARK from 10-5! There will be lots to see and enjoy. We'll have grilled food, dessert, music, vendors, antique cars, hayrides, kids games, fishing derby, watermelon-eating contest, silent auction, museum displays, and more!

Festival News

Here's a sampling of pictures from festivals past!

pie judging

loom weaver

blacksmith pioneer woman cooking beans

antique cars antique tractors

Jim Wright, Susan Brown, Scott Conner

Civil War canon Civil War re-enactors

vintage baseball game The Rusty Pipes band

Wolfgang singing group

new barn

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Renovation News

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!

Trager Farmhouse
Trager Farmhouse
Mayor Olson getting a plaque
Al Goin presenting Mayor Olson with a plaque in appreciation for his support
the ribbon-cutting ceremony
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 June 10, 2014.
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