Porter County Museum

Porter County Museum The award-winning PoCo Muse (Porter County Museum) maintains free general admission year-round as the oldest institution devoted to the history and culture of Porter County. Visit pocomuse.org to plan your future trip!
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The PoCo Muse engages Porter County's rich past with its evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities. "Do Your Part! A County Responds to the First World War" is a current featured exhibit that examines the effect World War I had on the everyday life of Porter County residents and shows how they worked, organized, and sacrificed in response. The exhibit provides visitors with an understanding of how Porter County experienced the war. Visitors connect the stories displayed in the exhibit with personal history and experience.

Mission: We engage Porter County’s rich past with its evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities.

July 14, 1920
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July 14, 1920

July 13, 1920
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July 13, 1920

07/12/2020

July 12, 1940: Local Couple Is ‘Kidnaped’ By Friends

07/12/2020

July 11, 1950: Red Activity Among Labor Told Rotary

Don’t miss a hot ball this afternoon as your Valparaiso Lookouts take on the Deep River Grinders in Hobart at 2p on the ...
07/12/2020

Don’t miss a hot ball this afternoon as your Valparaiso Lookouts take on the Deep River Grinders in Hobart at 2p on the grounds of Deep River County Park. #pocomuse #valpolookouts #deeprivergrinders #portercounty #lakecounty #deeprivercountypark #vintagebaseball #hotballharry #nwindiana #wearepoco

It's time to eat your jello on #eatyourjelloday! Why not try a taste of this delicious jello recipe from 1942?!-What par...
07/12/2020

It's time to eat your jello on #eatyourjelloday! Why not try a taste of this delicious jello recipe from 1942?!
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What part of this makes you say no first? Is it the lime jello or the sardines?
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#jelloday #jello #historicrecipies #ww2recipies #rationrecipie #pocomuse #pocohistory #indianafood #midwesternfood #midwestcooking #sardinejello #limejello #portercounty #nwindiana #indianahistory #foodhistory #greenfood #marinesalad #midwesternsalad

July 12, 1920
07/12/2020

July 12, 1920

Special thanks to every volunteer who pitched in today at Luther Cemetery in Washington Township. It was a beautiful mor...
07/11/2020

Special thanks to every volunteer who pitched in today at Luther Cemetery in Washington Township. It was a beautiful morning/afternoon to beautify wonderful, historical grounds. Rumor is that Kimball Cemetery is the next stop on the cemetery cleanup tour. #pocomuse #volunteerworkday #luthercemetery #washingtontwp #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #cemeterycleanup #davidportercamp #dar #nwindiana #wearepoco @ Washington Township, Porter County, Indiana

First class amateur players of the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club pose with the final tally of 16 (Valpo) to...
07/11/2020

First class amateur players of the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club pose with the final tally of 16 (Valpo) to 9 (Chicago) following today’s game.

Venture over to Lake County tomorrow (Sunday, 7/12) to spectate a friendly match between the first nine of the Lookouts and the Deep River Grinders at 2 o’clock. #pocomuse #valparaisolookouts #chicagosalmon #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #vintagebaseballclub #vintagebaseball #1858rules #nwindiana #wearepoco

Scott Cvelbar of the Valparaiso Lookouts welcomes spectators and the Chicago Salmon prior to the start of the match. #po...
07/11/2020

Scott Cvelbar of the Valparaiso Lookouts welcomes spectators and the Chicago Salmon prior to the start of the match. #pocomuse #vintagebaseball #valparaisolookouts #chicagosalmon #immanuellutheran #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #nwindiana #wearepoco

The Baum surname is one of many found in Luther Cemetery. Considerable thanks to Kovenz Memorial and the dozens of volun...
07/11/2020

The Baum surname is one of many found in Luther Cemetery. Considerable thanks to Kovenz Memorial and the dozens of volunteers who are actively improving this storied plot of Washington Township history. #pocomuse #luthercemetery #washingtontownship #valparaisoindiana #portercounty #volunteerworkday #kovenzmemorial #nwindiana #wearepoco

Spectate a friendly match between the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club and the Chicago Salmon this afternoon a...
07/11/2020

Spectate a friendly match between the Valparaiso Lookouts Vintage Base Ball Club and the Chicago Salmon this afternoon at 1p on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran Church. This image of a few base-ballists on the Valpo club was captured by Stephanie Hunt during a June 14 game. #pocomuse #valpolookouts #vintagebaseball #valparaisoindiana #portercountyindiana #immanuellutheran #baseballisback #nwindiana #wearepoco

July 11, 1920
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July 11, 1920

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1858 National Association of (Amateur) Base Ball Rules

07/10/2020

July 10, 1970: V-M Viewpoint Old Jail Out Of Date

07/10/2020

Sept. 11, 1968: Bewildered, Proud Dog

It's National Kitten Day, time to remember sweet Susie from Hobart who adopted 4, four-week olf kittens in 1968. Check o...
07/10/2020

It's National Kitten Day, time to remember sweet Susie from Hobart who adopted 4, four-week olf kittens in 1968. Check out the article on Susie and the kittens published under Notes on the page. (Sept. 11, 1968: Bewildered, Proud Dog)
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#unliklyanimalfriendships #animalfriendship #gooddoggo #Nationalkittenday #kittenday #oldkitten #hobartindiana #nwidogs #nwi #nwindiana #indianahistory #farmdog #dogmomma #catdog #localmuseum #homelesscats

July 10, 1920
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July 10, 1920

07/09/2020

July 9, 1945: Valparaiso Girls Life Guards At Dunes State Park

07/09/2020

Mrs. Burt’s Sugar Cookies from 1953

Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Here is a photo of a parade of cattle being lead down Lincolnway. We don't know when this pa...
07/09/2020

Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Here is a photo of a parade of cattle being lead down Lincolnway. We don't know when this parade of cattle occurred, but if we are deciphering the movie poster in the background correctly it is the 1936 film 'Suzy' starring Jean Harlow and Carry Grant that is being advertised.
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What stands out to you about this photo?
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#pocomuse #pocohistory #lincolnway #cowappreciationday #lovecows #nwindiana #indianahistory #indianasmalltown #localmuseum #localhistory #smalltownusa #cattleparade #portercounty #downtownvalpo #cowlove #portercountyfair

July 9, 1920
07/09/2020

July 9, 1920

Did you know that the Valparaiso Lookouts were the first organized "base ball" team to play a game in Porter County all ...
07/08/2020

Did you know that the Valparaiso Lookouts were the first organized "base ball" team to play a game in Porter County all the way back in 1867?

Looking for something free, fun, and history-focused this weekend? Safely cheer on the members of the present-day Valparaiso Lookouts (you might remember them as the Valparaiso Colonels Vintage Base Ball Team) at the Immanuel Lutheran Church grounds this Saturday against the Chicago Salmon or on Sunday in Lake County against the Deep River Grinders.

07/08/2020

July 8, 1980: Marijuana pickers back again

Check out your horoscope from July 8, 1975. What does your future bring?-#historyhoroscope #localpaper #localmuseum #nwi...
07/08/2020

Check out your horoscope from July 8, 1975. What does your future bring?
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#historyhoroscope #localpaper #localmuseum #nwindiana #stargazer #horoscope #zodiacsign #indianamuseums

07/08/2020

July 7, 1965: WW I Suit of Armor Rare Gift To Museum

July 8, 1920
07/08/2020

July 8, 1920

On this day in 1965 the PoCo Muse accepted this rare German WWI suit of armor, donated by the late Company Supply Sergea...
07/07/2020

On this day in 1965 the PoCo Muse accepted this rare German WWI suit of armor, donated by the late Company Supply Sergeant Albert A'Neals and Mrs. A'Neals of Valparaiso. You can read the article published in The Vidette-Messenger reporting the donation under "Notes" on Facebook (July 7, 1965: WWI Suit of Armor Rare Gift To Museum).
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This set of World War I German Trench Armor, Sappenpanzer or Grabenpanzer, is one of the rarest artifacts in the PoCo Muse. The armor consists of a single large breast plate connected to three smaller plates. Pieces of felt separated the plates, so as to deaden their sound. (Remarkably, this set of armor still has some of its original felt pads.) The helmet, of the Stalhelm design, has two notches on each side, to which the wearer would connect the Stirnpanzer, or head protector. (See the bullet mark on the Stirnpanzer - this set certainly some action.) it appears the color of this set was altered after the war, as the standard color for trench armor was a dark green/gray. Though Germany produced a large number of these sets of armor during the war, they were not wholly effective. The weight, around 24 pounds, exhausted wearers, and most of the armor was ineffective at stopping rifle rounds - though it did stop shrapnel and smaller rounds.
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#PoCoHistory #rareartifact #ww1trencharmor #Stirnpanzer #Sappenpanzer #Grabenpanzer #gremantrencharmor #trenchwarfare #ww1 #worldwarone #fromthecollection #indianamuseums #nwi #nwindiana #indianahistory #worldhistory #warfare1917 #pocomuse #portercounty #downtownvalpo

July 7, 1920
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July 7, 1920

July 6, 1920
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July 6, 1920

Happy Bikini Day! Anyone sporting a knitted swimsuit from Lowenstines today?-#pocomuse #portercounty #indianahistory #in...
07/05/2020

Happy Bikini Day! Anyone sporting a knitted swimsuit from Lowenstines today?
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#pocomuse #portercounty #indianahistory #indianadunes #bikiniday #knittedbikini #knitswimsuit #pocohistory #museumfromhome #localmuseum #smallmuseum #theregion #nwindiana #downtownvalpo

It's Apple Turnover Day! Anyone wishing for an apple turnover from  Henze's Bakery circa 1970?-#pocomuse #downtownvalpo ...
07/05/2020

It's Apple Turnover Day! Anyone wishing for an apple turnover from Henze's Bakery circa 1970?
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#pocomuse #downtownvalpo #appleturnoverday #appleturnover #pocohistory #localhistory #familybakery #indianahistory #smallmuseum #cassicbakery #portercounty #nwindiana #nwi #nwifood #nwitreats

July 5, 1920
07/05/2020

July 5, 1920

What memories do you have from celebrating Independence Day in the past? This image was taken during what we believe was...
07/04/2020

What memories do you have from celebrating Independence Day in the past? This image was taken during what we believe was a 1951 Fourth of July parade in Hebron, Indiana. The entire series of images is part of a collection at the Stagecoach Inn & Panhandle Depot Museum. #pocomuse #hebronindiana #portercounty #indianahistory #vintageparade #americana #fourthofjuly #nwindiana #wearepoco

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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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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.

NEXT STEPS

When library space became restricted because of the collection’s growth, the Porter County Commissioners allowed the PoCo Muse to move into the third floor of the remodeled Porter County Courthouse. Doors to the Porter County History Museum first opened to the public on January 17, 1938.

CURRENT HOME

After 36 years, the collection once again needed a larger venue. With much debate, the collection moved to the former Porter County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence on September 17, 1974. The Old Jail Museum officially opened its doors to the public on May 11, 1975—59 years after the collection was first publicly displayed in Porter County. On June 23, 1976, the jail and residence was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In May 2007, the Old Jail Museum officially changed its name back to the Porter County Museum. The Board of the Historical Society of Porter County felt the name was more representative of the collection. On March 1, 2008, Kevin Matthew Pazour was hired by the Porter County Commissioners as the first full-time Executive Director of the Porter County Museum.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

On May 12, 2010, the Porter County Heritage Corporation, an independent non-profit tasked with planning for the Porter County Museum’s future, was created by the Historical Society of Porter County. During a special meeting on June 18, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Historical Society signed over the entire collection of artifacts to the newly formed Porter County Heritage Corporation. The re-branded Porter County Museum of History re-opened to the public in September 2010 with expanded public hours, revitalized exhibits and programs, and a sharpened focus on local history.

THE POCO MUSE ERA

It was early 2012 when the Porter County Museum adopted the PoCo Muse moniker. On December 17, 2012, the Porter County Heritage Corporation officially became the Porter County Museum Foundation. The PoCo Muse is dedicated to engaging Porter County’s rich past with its evolving present to educate, enrich, and inspire our communities.

Header image is a detail of the Blue Willow Serving Platter on display in From a Bailly Point of View at the PoCo Muse. This piece belonged to the Bailly family and is transfer printed earthenware that dates from 1830-1915 based on the pattern.

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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
How cool is that.I know alot of the names,and ofcourse Santa. Merry Christmas everyone and I still believe.
Merry Christmas to the Porter County Museum! Thank you to all the Employees and Volunteers. A special Thank You to Kevin Matthew Pazour for his hard work and "Wonderful History Posts" throughout the Year, keep them coming we sure enjoy them. Thanks and Happy New Year
Came across this ad last night while doing a little PC history surfing😊
Was told there was still evidence of the Courthouse fire in 1934 ? still showing in one of the courthouse floors ?
The 1976 Waltons Episode w/Beulah Bondi as Aunt Martha Corinne is on the insp channel right now 😊
I am searching for a copy of the marriage license of my grandparents, Oscar Hayes Best and Bertha M. Galbreath. I know only that they were married in Griffin (or Griffith) Indiana in 1898, most likely in June, 1898. Can you advise me where to look for this information? Thank you.
Georgia Stroud shared her first post. New Member · Yesterday at 5:41am What happened to the camels that were on the bank building (across from the couthouse) during Christmas?
I wasn’t sure if anyone has ever posted this info, but was just going through the many lists of graves and research info I’ve gathered over the years and found this and wanted to share. It’s a list of the graves for those in the G.A.R. Who are buried in the Old City Cemetery