Welcome to Our Site

Welcome to the site of the La Porte County Historical Society Museum! We hope you enjoy your tour and will consider attending in person when you can! La Porte County is rich in history and the wonderful museum reflects that. The La Porte County Historical Society Museum hosts many events and exhibits each year; from re-enacting the Civil War to filling an acre of land with old cars, permanent exhibits to special current exhibits, there is something for everyone!

What's Happening at the Museum

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Other Exhibits

La Porte County History Museum has many permanant exhibits as well as seasonally-changing exhibits. 
Please stop by to see our current exhibits.

 

Permanant Exhibits
  • Sports Display
  • Recreated Barn with Farming Implements
  • La Porte County Industry
  • Michigan City Zoo
  • Long Branch Saloon
  • Child's Nursery
  • Scouting
  • Textiles
  • Prehistoric Bones and Relics
  • Natural History
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Native American
  • Two Operating Model Train Railroad Layouts
  • Technology (TVs, Phonographs, Computer)
  • Housewares and Dishes
  • Art Gallery
  • Dolls
  • Jewelry and Watches
  • Giese Church
  • Recreated Block of Main Street with Storefronts

 

Seasonal Exhibits

Please stop by the Museum to view our Seasonal Exhibits.

Society Meetings

PURPOSES OF THE SOCIETY

To administer, maintain and support a historical museum, collecting, preserving and displaying artifacts and records of history, particularly in reference to La Porte County, Indiana. To promote historical inquiry and the study of Indiana history and the history of La Porte County by a program of education for the general public and by a program of meetings and activities for members of the society.

HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY

The initial meeting of the La Porte County Historical Society was held January 30, 1906, succeeding the Old Settlers' Association. The first museum of the Society was located on the upper floor of La Porte's first library which later became the Elk's Clubroom at 805 Maple Avenue. It was then moved to the Carnegie Library (the current La Porte County Public Library), 904 Indiana Avenue where it remained until April 3, 1938. At that time, the Society's collections were put on display in the basement of the La Porte County Circuit Court House. There the Museum remained until the La Porte County Complex was designed and an area was included to provide a much needed increase in space for the Society and its collections.On September 17, 1978, the Museum opened to the public with 17,788 square feet of display rooms, office and storage space.

The Society is a non-profit organization, incorporated October 24, 1921. Its Museum is manned by three part-time, paid employees who work under the direction of a 12 person Board of Directors. Staff is assisted by a number of volunteers. All are devoted to the accumulation, identification and presentation of items of historical and educational significance to La Porte County--to the end that people may have a more appreciative understanding of the glorious heritage handed down from the works of man and from the realm of nature.

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