Bad news: No PEP Candlelight Tour this year. Good news: PEP book release planned soon.

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People Engaged in Preservation (PEP) has announced that it will not host a 2017 Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes. But it does plan to release a book soon entitled “Historic Architecture of La Porte, Indiana: The First 20 Years of the Candlelight Tour.”

“We deeply regret the necessary cancellation of the tour this year,” tour coordinator Pam Ruminski said in a press release. “Our members very much looked forward to putting on another great event for everyone and showcasing the beauty of our city’s beloved historic architecture; however, we were unable to obtain the required number of homes to be able to have a successful tour.”

Ruminski said PEP intends to bring the tour back in 2018. Owners of historic homes are asked to contact her if they are interested in putting their home on the tour in 2018. Contact her at 362-5712 or at

“Having one’s house on the tour is a tremendous privilege and honor, to which previous hosts will readily attest,” Ruminski said. ”Besides the satisfaction of opening your home to the community and tourists eager to see LaPorte, homeowners are rewarded with a comprehensively researched and thoroughly documented written history of their property, a professional pen and ink rendering done by longtime PEP member Don Bowman, an after-tour dinner party, and an honorary membership to the organization.”  

Separately, PEP President Dottie Rosenbaum reminded the public of the upcoming release of the professionally published book, “Historic Architecture of La Porte, Indiana: The First 20 Years of the Candlelight Tour.” The book, with a publication date expected soon, is a compilation of each and every historic structure that has appeared on the Candlelight Tour, with updated and expanded histories.  

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this first ever master reference containing histories of well over 100 historic structures that were on the Candlelight Tour from its inception in 1996, through 2016,” Rosenbaum said. ”This will be an important reference for researchers and newcomers to LaPorte, a fascinating and engaging account of LaPorte’s founding families and those by whose industry the city flourished, a tourist field guide, as well as a tremendous gift idea.”

Information on the book’s release and availability will be announced soon.

People Engaged in Preservation is a LaPorte-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to the preservation of LaPorte’s historic architecture, seeking to promote awareness of the importance of historic preservation to maintaining the city’s unique and special character, advancing economic development, and enhancing community pride.

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