We strive to present the history of Ogden Dunes and environs through periodic presentations offered by content experts. We've had some really exciting and interesting presentations. Here is a history:
December 6, 2015 (Sunday): English Holiday Tea, Ogden Dunes Style circa 1955.
This holiday tradition returns with a 12 noon and 3pm seats. This
year we'll be rocking circa 1955 in honor of the work done by Dorothy
Buell and others from Ogden Dunes to create the Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore. Feel free to wear your finest 50s attire, or just
enjoy watching others who do. At the Hour Glass Museum in Ogden Dunes,
November 15, 2015 (Sun), 4pm. Ogden Dunes Mid Century Modern presentation.
A repeat of the visual presentation that Dick Meister and Ken Martin
gave during the September 19 Lakefront Mid Century Modern tour. At the
Ogden Dunes Community Church.
November 7, 2015 (Sat) 8am: Ogden Dunes Women's Club Art & Craft Fair. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church.
October 18 (Sun), 4pm: Jeffrey Davich, "Lost Gary: Rusted Landmarks of the Steel City."
Columnist Davich will preview his book regarding our nearby neighbor
and its declining architectural gems. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine
Lane. September 26 (Sat) at 10am: A Walk in Diana's Footsteps. Long time Ogden Dunes resident Dave Larson leads participants in a hike in the dunes, in the areas believed to be where Alice Mabel Gray ("Diana of the Dunes") lived in her shack, "The Wren's Nest." The 10am tour group for folks accustomed to light hiking will have aggressive sand dune terrain, with some poison ivy. Wear long pants, comfortable clothes and shoes for sand dune hiking. Meet at "New Tennis Courts" in Ogden Dunes, located at the corner of Diana Road & Ski Hill Road. A separate group will leave at 10:30am from Polliwog Pond and travel on a simple gravel road (note: beach passes needed for that group). Recommendation is: meet at 10am at the New Tennis courts for instructions. This is a MUST SEE hiking history tour.
September 19 (Saturday), 9am-5pm. Lakefront Mid Century Modern House Tour. A special tour of exceptional mid-century modern homes in Ogden Dunes and Beverly Shores. 105 attendees. Small-bus transportation and lunch provided. Lead sponsor: Indiana Landmarks.
May 25 (Monday): Ice Cream Social at the Hour Glass Museum. Also, A special exhibit of Ogden Dunes resident Marshall D'Arcy's enthralling macro photographs of indigenous dune land plants (plus a few invasive species), all in antique frames. Sponsored by a grant by the Ogden Dunes Community Fund. Immediately following Memorial Day festivities on Kratz Field in Ogden Dunes.
May 24, 2015 (Sunday), 4pm: Dave Larson: Photographing the Beauty of the Dunes. Lifetime Ogden Dunes resident Dave Larson provides a glimpse into the art and science of capturing spectacular photographs, as evidenced by his renowned photographs of Northwest Indiana's dunes. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church.
April 19, 2015, 4pm: Dig Up Your Roots. Porter County's Genealogist Larry Clark outlined resources and methodologies for researching your family history using area resources. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane.
March 15, 2015, 4pm: Witness to Pearl Harbor. Wendy Masters speaks of her experience as a three and half year young girl while held on her fathers shoulders during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Though young, her memories lasted a lifetime. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane.
Feb 23, 2014, 2pm: The Quilters of Porter County. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 9.
Apr 13, 2014, 4pm: John P Hodson: Everglades of the North. John P. Hodson presents his presentation called "Everglades of the North" regarding the draining of swamps in the early 20th century that caused a tremendous change in Northwest Indiana land use. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 38.
May 25, 2014, 4pm: Ogden Dunes: The making of the book; The Making of a Community. By Dick Meister & Ken Martin. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church. Turnout: 91.
May 26, 2014: Ice Cream Social. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: About 200.
June 22, 2014: Exhibit Opening of “Life in the Hour Glass.” At the Hour Glass Museum, first floor. Turnout: about 65.
Aug 30-Sep 1, 2014. Open Houses - Labor Day weekend. Sat turnout: about 10. Sunday turnout: About 20. Monday turnout: About 12.
Sep 26, 2014, 12pm: 1964 Ogden Dunes “Duner” High School Reunion. Turnout: 12.
Oct 19, 2014, 4pm: Dennis Norman: Trails to Rails to Roads presentation. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: About 25.
Nov 8, 2014: Community Conversations with area artists. Co-produced with PocoMuse and Lubeznik Center. At the Lubeznik Center, Michigan City, IN. Turnout: About 100.
Nov 16, 2014, 4pm: A Tribute to Bill Warrick. By Dick Meister & Ken Martin. At the Ogden Dunes Fire Station. Turnout: About 70.
Dec 7, 2014: A ‘Downton Abbey’ English Holiday Tea (at Hour Glass). At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: About 70.
Dec 9, 2014: Community Conversations: Living on the County Line. Co-Sponsored with the PocoMuse museum. At the 18th St Brewery in Miller Beach, IN. Turnout: About 60.
Apr 21: The Fascinating Business of Record Keeping. Sharon Swihart, Treasurer, Porter County. 4pm at the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: About 22
May 26, 2013, Voices of Ogden Dunes: The Early Years (Dick Meister, et al). At The Ogden Dunes Fire Station. Turnout: About 85.
May 27, 2013, Ice Cream Social (great weather). At the Hour Glass Musuem. Turnout: about 250.
July 13, 2013, Secrets of the Hour Glass Personal Tour. At the Hour Glass. Turnout: 16
July 24, 2013: Sandpiper PreSchool Children’s history visit. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 24.
July 27, 2013, Talking Landscapes – Haiku Poetry with Paula McHugh. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 12.
Sep 15, 2013. Calumet Beginnings presentation by Professor Ken Schoon. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church. Turnout: 60.
Oct 20, 2013, 4pm: Lee Botts: Shifting Sands documentary preview. At the Hour Glass. Turnout: 39.
Oct 28, 2013, 7pm: Voices of Ogden Dunes presentation. Co-sponsored with the Ogden Dunes Women’s Club & Lions Club. At the Ogden Dunes Fire Station. Turnout: about 100.
Dec 8, 2013, 12pm & 3pm: An English Holiday Tea. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 68.
Dec 9: An English Holiday Tea. Two seatings: Noon and 3pm. $10 per person per seating. Held at the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 44
Sunday, November 18, 3-4pm - Linda Simon & Jane Ammeson: Miller Beach. At the Hour Glass museum. Turnout: 38
October 14, Sunday, 3pm. The Chicago Cubs "Before the Curse. Presentation of his book and the famous team by resident Carson Cunningham, PhD, History. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 26 (note: heavy rains)
September 14, Sunday, 4pm. The Ogden Dunes Shipwreck - Still a Mystery. By Kira Kaufman, PhD, Archaeologist. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: About 42
June 24, Sunday, 4pm. Save the Dunes' Susan Mihalo presented "Why History reveals the dunes are never saved." Interactive presentation at the Ogden Dunes Community Church by Ogden Dunes resident and Save the Dunes past-president Susan Mihalo, who explores the history of constant struggle between competing interests affecting the Indiana Dunes area. Turnout: About 65
May 24, 2102. Monday at 12:30pm. Open House & Ice Cream Social at the Hour Glass Museum immediately following Memorial Day ceremony at Kratz Field. Turnout: About 250
Sunday Dec 4, 2-4pm. An English Christmas Tea. Eunice Chadwick and Dena Green presented a traditional English style Christmas tea, with sandwiches, cookies, a little guidance on proper etiquette, and a lot of love. Three generations of the talented Dvorscak family played violin and cello, and participants were invited to donate an old ornament to our antique ornament collection. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane in Ogden Dunes. Turnout: about 42
Nov 13, 3:30pm -Gregg Abell, Partners in Preservation. Doors open 3pm, with refreshments, at the Hour Glass. Focus is about placing properties on the national registry. Turnout: 27
October 23, 2011. 3pm at the Hour Glass Museum. Football memories, circa 1953. Notre Dame and NFL Philadelphia Eagles Fullback Neil Worden talks about his career, his life, and Ogden Dunes, Indiana. Interviewed by Purdue basketball's Carson Cunningham. Turnout: 37 standing room only
September 25, 2011. Early Portage Days. With Al Goin and Eva Udick. Recollections of the town of Portage, before there legally was a town called Portage. At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: 21
May 30, 2011 (Monday) About 1:30pm. Ice Cream Social at the Hour Glass. Special Focus: The William Gingrich Photos exhibit and video/audio presentation
March 20, 2011 (Sunday) at 2:00pm. Video presentation by Author and Calumet Regional Archives Curator Steve McShane of his newest book, "Steel Giants," with co-author Gary Wilk, Photographer and Professor of Fine Arts at IU Northwest. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church. Turnout: ~ 36
March 20, 2011. Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Ogden Dunes. At the Ogden Dunes Community Church.
Sunday, December 5 – Annual Holiday Open House. Refreshments, terrific exhibits, new building updates. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane with refreshments. 1-3pm. Turnout: ~15
November 21, 2010 (Sunday) - Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Mabel Gray. Author and Northwest Indiana native Janet Zenke Edwards spoke about the legendary Alice Mabel Gray's life from birth to her death, with a focus on her time living in Ogden Dunes, in a small shack near our beach known as the "Wren's Nest." Presentation at the Ogden Dunes church on Hillcrest Road. Doors open at 1:30pm, presentation at 2:00 pm. Turnout: 62
October 10, 2010 (Sunday) - Ogden Dunes Artist Walk Video by Dan Manas. A glorious video presentation of interviews with the artists who participated in the 2009 Artists Homes & Studios tour last year. Producer-director Dan Manas lead the video with discussion with the artists and audience afterwards. In high definition format at the Ogden Dunes church on Hillcrest. Doors open 3:30pm, presentation at 4:00 pm. Turnout: ~100
September 19, 2010 (Sunday) - Dr. James Lane: The City of Gary - Age of Anxiety, 1945-1955. Indiana University Professor James Lane gave a presentation about our neighbor to West and its influence on Ogden Dunes and Northwest Indiana. At the Ogden Dunes church on Hillcrest. Doors open 3:30 pm, presentation at 4:00 pm. Turnout: 34
June 8, 2010 (Tuesday evening) - Create Your Family History, from 7-9pm at the Hour Glass Museum. A very special "hands on" interactive workshop led by Ogden Dune resident Hank Kazmier, PhD, Purdue University. Taught how to create a fun and effective family history using commonly available materials. Bring photos, stories, paper and your ideas for an evening you always will remember. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane. Turnout: 3
May 31, 2010. Monday at 12:30pm. Open House & Ice Cream Social at the Hour Glass Museum immediately following Memorial Day ceremony at Kratz Field. Turnout (rainy day): ~100
May 23 - "Road Trip" to Jack Simmerling's Blackwelder Mansion, Chicago, IL. Spectacular visit to Ogden Dunes resident artist and gallery owner Jack Simmerling's Chicago residence. Tour of main rooms, with artifacts from major Chicago homes including the McCormick Mansion, Palmer Mansionk, and others. Turnout: 22
November 1, 2009. Sunday - Ogden Dunes Book Club Book Signing with current Ogden Dunes authors at the Hour Glass Museum. Wine and cheese event. From 2 to 4pm. Authors will include: Professor Carson Cunningham, Bill Herdina, Hank Kazmier, Brad Skafish, Jet Wittenberg. Turnout: ~40
October 18, 2009. Joella Mahoney: "The Influence of the Aesthetic of the Dunes on Art" - Presentation by Ogden Dunes native and artist . At the Hour Glass Museum. Turnout: ~30
October 4, 2009. Artists' Studio & House Walk. A tour of nine Ogden Dunes artists studios and homes throughout the town, held from 11am to 4pm. Special VIP Reception held Oct 3 for sponsors of the event. Turnout: 137
June 14, 2009. Herb Read presents "The Lost Dunes", a personal and pictorial history of the magnificent dunes bulldozed away and replaced by area industry. Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ogden Dunes Fire Station. Herb Read is a previous founder of the Indiana Save the Dunes Council. Turnout: 37
May 25, 2009. Monday at 12:30pm. Open House & Ice Cream Social at the Hour Glass Museum immediately following Memorial Day ceremony at Kratz Field. Turnout: ~100
May 17, 2009. Sunday, 4-5:30pm "A History of Games". A special presentation by dunes resident and DePaul Professor of History Carson Cunningham about the history of games. Turnout: 17
May 4, 2009. Monday, from 1-3pm - Ogden Dunes Book Club monthly meeting at the Hour Glass museum. Turnout: not recorded
April 26, 2009. Sunday 3-6pm: Chicago's Century of Progress. Presentation by Purdue University Calumet Professor Roy Foreman regarding Chicago's “Century of Progress International Exposition” held 1933-1934, with particular emphasis on its connections to Ogden Dunes residents and homes. Including film, photographs and souvenirs from the fair. Doors open at 3pm for materials viewing; presentation starts at 4pm. Turnout: 42
December 7, 2008. Holiday Open House. Sunday, from 1 to 3 pm. The Hour Glass Museum opens its doors with a beautifully decorated display of historical artifacts and exhibits. Join us for delicious desserts, hot and cold refreshments, and good holiday cheer. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane in Ogden Dunes.November 9, 2008.
Barbara Plampin: Pioneers and Indians Harvesting Native Plants in Inland Marsh." Presentation by IIT Professor Barbara Plampin on the history of early residents prior to the formation of Ogden Dunes. With beatiful photographs and commentary by Barbara. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane in Ogden Dunes.
May 5, 2008. Ogden Dunes Book Club meeting. May 5, noon to 4pm. At the Hour Glass Museum.
May 26, 2008. Historical Society's Ice Cream Social. Open house, special archive exhibites, and with free(!) root beer & ice cream floats. A great way to kick off Summer. Monday, Memorial day, immediately following Memorial activities on Kratz field. At the Hour Glass Museum on Lupine Lane. in Ogden Dunes.
April 13, 2008. "Dabbert on Dudley: The Life and art of renowned Dunes painter Frank V. Dudley". Presented by Illinois Institute of Illinois professor James Dabbert, who also wrote the book "The Indiana Dunes Revealed: The Art of Frank V. Dudley.
March 25, 2007. Briggs Project Team: “Devil’s Punchbowl: The Alpha Wreck Odyssey”. Lecture and presentation featuring rescued materials from the wreck that pose a tanteglizing mystery. Sunday, 5:00 pm at The Ogden Dunes Community Church.
May 27,2007. Joan Meister: Salute to Cartoonist Dale Messick & “Brenda Starr”. Lecture, presentation and film. With special guest Starr Rohrman (Dale’s daughter). Sunday, 4:00 pm at The Ogden Dunes Community Church
Memorial Day 2007. Ice Cream Social. At the Hour Glass Museum. September 16, 2007. Bill Warrick: "History of the South Shore Railroad -100 years of Service” Video presentation. Sunday 4pm at the Ogden Dunes Community Church.
September 23, 2007. House Tour Fundraiser: “The Historical Homes of Ski Hill Road." 8 houses on display with extensive history of each. Sunday, 11am beginning at the Ogden Dunes Fire Department with shuttle buses to Ski Hill Road.
November 4, 2007. Susan MiHalo: “The Pursuit of Dunes Conservation”. Lecture and presentation by immediate past-president of the Save The Dunes Council. Sunday 4pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
November 7, 2007. CNWI Meeting. Wednesday at 10:00 AM. At the Hour Glass Museum. For more information contact Steve McShane at: email@example.com
December 4, 2007. Holiday Open House. “Remembering Holidays Past. Videotaped recollections of Ogden Dunes residents. Sunday, 2-4pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
February 19, 2006. Bill Warrick: “The Lincoln Funeral Train”. Video presentation. Sunday, 4:30 pm at “The Hour Glass” Museum
Memorial Day 2006. Ice Cream Social. At the Hour Glass Museum.
June 23, 2006. Various Participants: Artists of the Dunes. Reception event honoring area dunes artists with art exhibit, artists (and a lot of wine and cheeses). Sunday, 5pm at the Hour Glass.
July 16, 2006. Various participants: “A Tribute to Naomi Svihla”. Memorial event for honoring the life and work of historical society co-founder Naomi Svihla. Sunday at 11am at the Hour Glass.
September 24, 2006. Bill Warrick”: “A History Of Ogden Dunes”. Video presentation with rare footage of the Ogden Dunes Follies. Sunday 5:00 pm at The Hour Glass Museum.
November 5, 2006. Briggs Project Team: “The Ogden Dunes Shipwreck”. Lecture and presentation regarding the old shipwreck buried in the beach. With computer generated composite imaging of the full ships outline. Sunday, 5:00 pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
December 3, 2006. Holiday Open House: “A 1940’s Christmas” with special period decorations and Santa. Sunday, 2-4pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
February 27, 2005. Bill Warrick: “The Ogden Dunes Ski Jump”. Video presentation with newly discovered black/white films of 1920’s ski jumps – some with sound. 4:30pm in “The Hour Glass” Museum
Memorial day 2005. Ice Cream Social. At the Hour Glass Museum. June 26, 2005. Barbara Plampin: “How to Worry About Weeds: Wildflower Preservation”. Lecture. Sunday, 1:00 pm at the Hour Glass museum
October 2, 2005. Richard Meister: “Fredric W. Collins, Architect and Neighbor”. Lecture presentation with Collins family members. Includes Mr. Collins paintings, building plans and renderings. Sunday, 4pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
November 20, 2005. Kenneth Schoon: “Calumet Beginnings – A history of our region from the ground up”. Lecture and presentation by author and Iniana University Northwest professor Ken Schoon. 4pm at the Hour Glass Museum
December 4, 2005. Holiday Open House. With history of Ogden Dunes holiday cards exhibit. Sunday, 2-4pm at the Hour Glass Museum.
August 28, 2004. Herb Read: “The Lost Dunes: A perspective of the dunes prior to area industry”. Lecture and slide presentation by dunes activist. Sunday, 7pm at the Hour Glass Museum. Note: This was our inaugural event in our popular speakers series.