Monthly Meetings

Regular meetings of the La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. (March, April, October and November) are held at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Avenue, Suite 1.  Location of dinner meetings in May and September will be announced.  The Society meets the third Tuesday of March, April, May, September, October and November. 




The Annual Meeting of the La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. will be held Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in the meeting room of the La Porte County Historical Society Museum at 7:00 p.m.  Leigh Morris will be the program speaker.  He will relate information about the significance of the La Porte University which was established in the early 1840s.  It arguably introduced the first medical school west of Cincinnati, OH and included one of the first law schools.  Its literary department held public exhibitions and examinations, with distinguished speakers from abroad.  On March 30 at 2:00 p.m., an Indiana Historical Marker will be unveiled as a memorial to the facility.  The public is invited to the ceremony which will be held at the intersection of Harrison and Clay Streets, next to Lincoln Elementary School, the location of the former university.   The building was destroyed by fire in 1856.  Among the students attending this medical school is reportedly to have been Dr. William Worrall Mayo, who later established the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  Larson & Danielson Construction will place the marker which has been paid for by The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte.


The Society is seeking nominations for Historian of the Year 2018.  Nomination forms are available at the Museum or on request from [email protected]. There are three categories:  Individual (current), Individual (past) and Organization/Group (current).  The Individual (current) category requires that the nominees be currently involved in the preservation of La Porte County history.  The individual (past) nominees would be those who devoted efforts in the past to this cause.  The Organization/Group must be currently in existence and actively involved in La Porte County history preservation.  If you have questions, please contact Fern Eddy Schultz, Chairprson, [email protected]  Deadline for receipt of submissions is April 1, 2018.  Please be sure to follow Guideline 3 in order for the nomination to be considered.  Also, do not submit original records—only copies.

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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.


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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