Memorabilia from local schools, businesses among items donated to museum in October

This retro Barbie’s Dream Car, a mini 1957 Chevy Bel Air, was marketed in 1988 by Mattel. It was donated to the museum by David and Sandra Mann. (Photo provided)

Visitors to the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum during October 2017 came from 10 Indiana counties, 16 states, Norway, Russia, Canada, and Guatemala. Tour groups included the Pioneer Automobile Club from South Bend and the Social and Learning Institute for Disabled Adults. The LaPorte High School Pom Pom Girls had their photos taken at the museum. Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas had a western swing concert on the lower level of the museum on Oct. 14. It was very well received. A future concert is being planned. County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz gave a program on using maps for genealogy work for Family History Month.

October donations

— Scrapbook, song sheets and photos of the Maple City Four, Greg Meissner

— Rolling Prairie High School tassel, class ring, key chain, Industrial Arts award, diploma, St. Peter’s 8th grade diploma and pin, fishing rod from 1957 Fishing Rodeo, James Faulstich

— Letter opener from Delaney’s Furniture, Kathy Gallagher

— WWI-era FitAll toiletry kit, German matchbook holder, Sailor Compensation form, Leon Klosowski

— Barbie Dream Car from 1988, David & Sandra Mann

— Black velvet dress that belonged to Alice Mueller, Kathy Calvin

— Stillwell High School sweaters, Susan Weliver

— 1938 Elston High School yearbook and bookmark, WWII ration book, calling cards, uniform button polisher, Janice Casper

— Swedish Bible, Donald Olson

— Framed photo of Victor Yagelski, killed in action January 20, 1945, in France, Lucille Elliott

— Halloween décor, Solitaire Miles

— Items for sale table, Alan Zeller and Susie Richter

Upcoming events, displays

On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Freemasons will host an Open House at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a program at 1 p.m.

It’s time to think about planning for the holidays, and the theme this year is “Good Grief, It’s Christmas!” featuring the Peanuts gang. A scavenger hunt is in the works for finding the characters throughout the museum. A special event is being planned for Dec. 16 when the cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from LaPorte Little Theatre will be caroling at the museum. Don’t miss it!

Submitted by Susie Richter, Curator

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