Historians of the Year to be honored Sept. 21


Pinhook Church

La Porte County Historical Society press release

The La Porte County Historians of the Year will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The presentation and society meeting, free and open to the public, will be held at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum at 7 p.m.

This will be the first meeting since November 2019. The individuals being honored for promoting and preserving La Porte County’s history are Phyllis Marks, Maud Loetz and Kayla Vasilko.

Phyllis Marks and the late Julia Alt were responsible for the restoration of the 1847 Pinhook Church. Phyllis was also involved in saving and restoring the large barn on the grounds of the La Porte County Home. Learn the inspiring story of the church’s history at this 2015 WNLP link: https://whatsnewlaporte.com/2015/02/11/pinhook-community-church-168-years-old-and-still-turning-heads/ 

Maud Loetz served as curator of the La Porte County Historical Society Museum for 14 years, from 1946 to 1960.

Kayla Vasilko spent more than 2 years researching and promoting the story of La Porte County native Anita King (Anna Keppen), a silent movie star and the first woman to drive solo in an automobile from San Francisco to New York.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

2 Responses to “Historians of the Year to be honored Sept. 21”

  1. Lisa Hennessy Johnson

    Sep 13. 2021

    What an honor and so very proud to know and call Phyllis Marks a friend. She has been tireless and shows such compassion in everything she has done for our county and community and we are blessed to have her.
    Thank you & all best to all three outstanding women of LaPorte County
    Lisa Hennessy Johnson!

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  2. Sandra Tonsoni

    Sep 13. 2021

    My aunt Phyllis has spent her life saving important items of history! She & Julia worked many hours on the restoration of the church & it has been just this last year that she had to give up the church & being a trustee on the Pinhook Cemetary Board because of her health ! She is 90 & does not have the steam & getup that she had for these projects! The Barn at the County Home was also a great fete for her to get people behind her & Save that Barn ! She truly deserves this award👍

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