Vintage salon dryer, LaPorte beer trays among items donated to museum in September

This is a dryer chair from a beauty salon in Michigan City that was operated by the donor, Eugenia Denham. She used this in her home salon from 1957 until 1975. (Photo provided)

Visitors to the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum for the month of September 2017 came from 9 Indiana counties, 20 states, England and Norway. A group of 45 Norwegians interested in learning more about their fellow countryman, Belle Gunness, toured the museum.
The quilt display came down and the “Then & Now Photo Contest” is now on display. Winners will soon be announced. This exhibit will be up until mid-November when vintage holiday décor will be again be gracing the museum.
Donations for September:
— Collection of military items, Tim Mikula for the estate of Dan Bolinger
— Girl Scout items, summer dress from the 1920s, dryer rack, china tea set for dolls, Judy Smitherman & Barb Zernik
— Hat box, three hats, fur collar, Mary Kay Barkow
— Union Mills High School yearbook, Mary Jane Novak
— Guenther & Zerwick of LaPorte beer trays, LaPorte name plate, Charlene Kenney
— Beauty shop dryer chair used from 1957 to 1975 in local salon, Eugenia Denham
— 18-inch vinyl doll, belonged to Patricia Peters, Debra Balenger
— Archival information, Sharon Barhydt, Jim Faulstich
— DVD player, Bruce Johnson
— Items for the sale table, Susie Richter
Upcoming events include a concert by Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Reservations are encouraged by calling 219-324-6767.
Keep watching for information concerning this year’s membership drive to be held Nov. 10, featuring Belle Gunness.
Thanks to Suzan Wade for putting up fall decorations.
October is Family History Month. Don’t forget to use the Fern Eddy Schultz Research Library when doing your genealogy.
Several new volunteers and an intern have started working at the museum in September. Those interested in joining them may call 219-324-6767 and ask for Janet or Susie.
–Submitted by Susie Richter, curator

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