Porter County Museum

Porter County Museum The award-winning PoCo Muse is the oldest institution devoted to the history and culture of Porter County. The PoCo Muse engages Porter County's rich past with its evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities.
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Operating as usual

June 22, 1921
06/22/2021

June 22, 1921

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June 21, 1921
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June 21, 1921

June 20, 1921
06/20/2021

June 20, 1921

June 20, 1921

Do you think Dr. Carl Marlow Davis used this postcard image as inspiration for his acrylic on board of the Bailly Chapel...
06/19/2021

Do you think Dr. Carl Marlow Davis used this postcard image as inspiration for his acrylic on board of the Bailly Chapel? Visit the Montague/Urschel Gallery today until 4p to view the painting and decide for yourself! #onthescene #pocomuse #montagueurschelgallery #baillyhomestead #baillychapel #carldavis #portercountyindiana #acryliconboard #nwiartist

June 19, 1921
06/19/2021

June 19, 1921

June 19, 1921

Did you know our Montague/Urschel Gallery has no general admission fee thanks to the support of our members and donors? ...
06/18/2021

Did you know our Montague/Urschel Gallery has no general admission fee thanks to the support of our members and donors? Plan your visit to see "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" to view twenty-seven works of local art.

Did you know our Montague/Urschel Gallery has no general admission fee thanks to the support of our members and donors? Plan your visit to see "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" to view twenty-seven works of local art.

June 18, 1921
06/18/2021

June 18, 1921

June 18, 1921

June 17, 1921
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June 17, 1921

June 17, 1921

June 16, 1921
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June 15, 1921
06/15/2021

June 15, 1921

June 15, 1921

On June 10, 1939, a great windstorm passed through Porter County. This image of the storm's aftermath shows the residenc...
06/14/2021

On June 10, 1939, a great windstorm passed through Porter County. This image of the storm's aftermath shows the residence of Mrs. Carrie Schenck. The home collapsed while Carrie was sleeping in the northeast corner, narrowly escaping being buried in the wreckage.
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Another victim of the 1939 storm was the Urschel hangar at the Porter County Airport. The gale destroyed at least two planes, the hangar of the Valpo Aero Club, and the home of Leslie Winder which was tipped completely over.
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This image comes from the Steve Mockler collection.
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#PoCoMuse #LocalHistory #IndianaHistory #HistoricStorm #PorterCounty #NWIndiana #indianaweather

On June 10, 1939, a great windstorm passed through Porter County. This image of the storm's aftermath shows the residence of Mrs. Carrie Schenck. The home collapsed while Carrie was sleeping in the northeast corner, narrowly escaping being buried in the wreckage.
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Another victim of the 1939 storm was the Urschel hangar at the Porter County Airport. The gale destroyed at least two planes, the hangar of the Valpo Aero Club, and the home of Leslie Winder which was tipped completely over.
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This image comes from the Steve Mockler collection.
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#PoCoMuse #LocalHistory #IndianaHistory #HistoricStorm #PorterCounty #NWIndiana #indianaweather

June 14, 1921
06/14/2021

June 14, 1921

June 14, 1921

June 13, 1921
06/13/2021

June 13, 1921

June 13, 1921

Have you planned your upcoming visit to the MUG yet?Stop by Thursday through Sunday between 11 and 4p to view "On the Sc...
06/12/2021

Have you planned your upcoming visit to the MUG yet?

Stop by Thursday through Sunday between 11 and 4p to view "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection." Members get exclusive early access to view the exhibit from 10-11a every morning.

#PoCoMuse #montagueurschelgallery #onthescene #atthemug #permanentcollection #nwindiana #hoosierartists #downtownvalpo

Have you planned your upcoming visit to the MUG yet?

Stop by Thursday through Sunday between 11 and 4p to view "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection." Members get exclusive early access to view the exhibit from 10-11a every morning.

#PoCoMuse #montagueurschelgallery #onthescene #atthemug #permanentcollection #nwindiana #hoosierartists #downtownvalpo

June 12, 1921
06/12/2021

June 12, 1921

June 12, 1921

June 11, 1921
06/11/2021

June 11, 1921

June 11, 1921

Did you know the Montague/Urschel Gallery is open to the public from 11a until 7p today thanks to a gift made in memory ...
06/10/2021

Did you know the Montague/Urschel Gallery is open to the public from 11a until 7p today thanks to a gift made in memory of Vince "Monty" and Ida May Montague? Members get exclusive early access to view "On the Scene" from 10-11a this morning as well.

Credit to Albert Photographic for the exceptional detail of the courthouse square aerial photograph, which you can see on display.

Did you know the Montague/Urschel Gallery is open to the public from 11a until 7p today thanks to a gift made in memory of Vince "Monty" and Ida May Montague? Members get exclusive early access to view "On the Scene" from 10-11a this morning as well.

Credit to Albert Photographic for the exceptional detail of the courthouse square aerial photograph, which you can see on display.

June 10, 1921
06/10/2021

June 10, 1921

June 10, 1921

"You could say the movie kicked off the 'bromance' genre before the term was coined and it may be the finest buddy film ...
06/09/2021

"You could say the movie kicked off the 'bromance' genre before the term was coined and it may be the finest buddy film ever made."

Become a PoCo Muse member at mypoco.org/membership to commemorate what would be the centennial of the Premier Theatre and receive the review of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" by Jeff Schultz, the official PoCo Muse Film Critic, as part of his member-exclusive "Going Back to the Movie" series.

June 9, 1921
06/09/2021

June 9, 1921

June 9, 1921

June 8, 1921
06/08/2021

June 8, 1921

June 8, 1921

June 7, 1921
06/07/2021

June 7, 1921

June 7, 1921

Don't forget the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a fre...
06/06/2021

Don't forget the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this afternoon on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to the final question of this "base ball" quiz?

Don't forget the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this afternoon on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to the final question of this "base ball" quiz?

June 6, 1921
06/06/2021

June 6, 1921

June 6, 1921

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game tomorr...
06/05/2021

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game tomorrow (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question four of this "base ball" quiz?

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game tomorrow (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question four of this "base ball" quiz?

June 5, 1921
06/05/2021

June 5, 1921

June 5, 1921

06/04/2021

What do you notice in this detail of the Maxwell Farm aerial photography? Can you tell where textures and colors have been manipulated? Compare this with M. M. Mudge's "Over the Sandhills" hand-colorized photograph during your next visit to the MUG.

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this S...
06/04/2021

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this Sunday (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question three of this "base ball" quiz?

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this Sunday (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question three of this "base ball" quiz?

History isn't always inside a museum. In honor of World Bicycle Day, grab your bike and use pocomuse.org/valpo-now-then ...
06/04/2021

History isn't always inside a museum. In honor of World Bicycle Day, grab your bike and use pocomuse.org/valpo-now-then as your guide to get an early start on the weekend.

Explore downtown Valparaiso and peddle over to the spot Belva Schenkel Wright stood in the late 1940s under the neon Hotel Lembke sign near the southwest corner of Jefferson and Lafayette Streets. What do you see today?

History isn't always inside a museum. In honor of World Bicycle Day, grab your bike and use pocomuse.org/valpo-now-then as your guide to get an early start on the weekend.

Explore downtown Valparaiso and peddle over to the spot Belva Schenkel Wright stood in the late 1940s under the neon Hotel Lembke sign near the southwest corner of Jefferson and Lafayette Streets. What do you see today?

June 4, 1921
06/04/2021

June 4, 1921

June 4, 1921

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this S...
06/03/2021

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this Sunday (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question two of this "base ball" quiz?

The Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen Vintage Base Ball Club in a free game this Sunday (6/6) on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p.

Brush up on your knowledge of the 1858 rules before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to question two of this "base ball" quiz?

June 3, 1921
06/03/2021

June 3, 1921

June 3, 1921

Did you know our friends at the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen in a free game t...
06/02/2021

Did you know our friends at the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen in a free game this Sunday on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p?

Brush up on your 1858 knowledge of the game before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to this "base ball" quiz or will you find yourself seated with the country club?

Did you know our friends at the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club take on the Lemont Quarrymen in a free game this Sunday on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School at 1p?

Brush up on your 1858 knowledge of the game before you spectate what's surely to be a lively match! Do you know the answer to this "base ball" quiz or will you find yourself seated with the country club?

June 2, 1921
06/02/2021

June 2, 1921

June 2, 1921

June 1, 1921
06/01/2021

June 1, 1921

June 1, 1921

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153 Franklin St
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

The PoCo Muse (short for Porter County Museum) is located at the southeast corner of Indiana Avenue and Franklin Street (153 S. Franklin) in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. Programs and activities (unless otherwise indicated) are now held inside the Montague/Urschel Gallery at 20 Indiana Avenue (across the street from the PoCo Muse), accessible through the Franklin Street entrance on the south facade of the building. Current PoCo Muse hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 10a until 4p. Occasional special hours are listed at pocomuse.org. For a complete listing of our upcoming events, be sure to click over to our events page on this Facebook site.

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(219) 465-3595

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We Are Porter County

From the marshes of the Kankakee to the sands of the Indiana Dunes, a diverse people have embraced this diverse land. And though the world of today looks very different than that of the county’s founding, the land beneath our feet has remained constant, reminding us that we are Porter County.

STARTING OUT

The PoCo Muse began when the Porter County Historical Society temporarily gathered artifacts to create a display for Indiana’s Centennial Celebration in 1916. When some of the contributors did not want their objects back, the permanent collection was born. Our unique assortment of artifacts stems from the hard work, determination, and perseverance of several generations of members and volunteers.

It has been difficult to pinpoint an exact start date for regular hours of operation, but most sources show that the collection was officially showcased on a regular basis on the lower level of the Valparaiso Public Library in the early 1930s.

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These are builder's photographs of Gary & Valparaiso Railway Company car #1.
Malden is still here
Next time you drive on Bullseye Lake road about 1/4mi west of the lake, see if you can pick out the house I grew up in. The house has been beautifully enlarged .
Piece of local history.
Today in History ***157 YEARS AGO*** On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered remarks, which later became known as the Gettysburg Address, at the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, on the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War. Though he was not the featured orator that day, Lincoln’s brief address would be remembered as one of the most important speeches in American history. In it, he invoked the principles of human equality contained in the Declaration of Independence and connected the sacrifices of the Civil War with the desire for “a new birth of freedom,” as well as the all-important preservation of the Union created in 1776 and its ideal of self-government. GETTYSBURG ADDRESS TEXT The full text of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is as follows: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. "Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Thank you for opening the Union Street Cemetery. It was a great day to be out remembering the early community of Valparaiso. FYI: images of the cemetery and other sites in Valparaiso are available from Wikimedia commons.. They are available for public use with the caveat that the image must be listed as from Wikimedia and the contributors name listed. Thanks again for sponsoring the public day at Union Street Cemetery. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Union_St_Cemetery,_Valparaiso,_Ind
Washington Twp high school 1930.
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This is amazing things about PORTER COUNTY, INDIANA!
Early 1950’s. Left (Ted Griffith), Center (Marie Griffith), Right (Phil Griffith); car is a Studebaker. (Just a guess, Ted is about 7, Marie is about 11, and I am about 5)
In an antique shop in KY. I do not have a connection. Just sharing in case some one is interested
Family violin in my possession after not knowing for sure where it was for over three decades. A hand written note inside that was put there by my father sometime before his death in 1979 says that this violin was given to my Great, Great Grandfather for a wedding gift about 1832