Gardening, Beautification and Restoration ‘Rays of Sunshine Among the Singing Sands of the Dunes’ By Dick Meister with contributions from Lois Braatz, Dorothy Kurtz, and Dena Green. Special thanks for those who have added to the Garden Club Archives, including Christine Craig, Dena Green, Hank Kazmier, Betsy and Marion Kovacik, Susan Mihalo, & Jenifer Wilson On October 7 the Historical Society celebrated the opening of its 2nd annual exhibit, Gardening, Beautification and Restoration, under the theme, “Building Community Spirit”. The curators for the exhibit are Marie Englehart and Dick Meister. The Henry ‘Hank’ Kazmier [...]
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Tragedy in the Dunes: Historical Note Saturday, August 27, 1938 On a warm Saturday night in August in Ogden Dunes a group of high school and college students had planned their last summer outing before most returned to their homes or colleges. This group, informally organized, called themselves the ‘rafters’. Earlier that summer they had built a raft which they used for diving or sun bathing, thus their name. Throughout the summer they also organized many group activities, including scavenger hunts and trips to Miller or Chesterton. They decided that the last activity would be [...]
Report on the Ogden Dunes Ship Wreck (1936) Following the write-up of an Indian trading post near Ogden Dunes, the article went on: “Perhaps boats stopped here for trading purposes also. One boat stopped, it is certain, for now, if the beach is just right and if the waves have been in an accommodating mood during the preceding winter, the top outline of the hull of an old boat can be seen. This is not always visible; Nature has to be on your side if you are fortunate enough to be one of [...]
On October 16, 1974 a group of women in Ogden Dunes organized the Garden Club of Ogden Dunes with 28 charter members. It received its charter or federation status with the Garden Club of Indiana and the National Council of State Garden Clubs on January 28, 1975. Its purpose is to promote interest and knowledge in gardening and conservation and to further home and civic beautification. The members, who were limited to 30, paid annual dues, made a purchase at a fund raiser, and volunteered on committees, as well as hosting or co-hosting [...]
Ogden Dunes and the Planned City of Port Williams By Dick Meister In the 2010 donation to the Historical Society of the papers of the late Joseph Thomas, an Ogden Dunes resident, journalist and editor for the Gary Post-Tribune, by his daughter (see September 2010 issue of The Hour Glass Newsletter) was a large plat map of the proposed city of Port Williams to be located just east of Burns Ditch and south of Dunes Highway (U.S. 12). Port Williams was to be another Gary and is a precursor of Burns Harbor and the Port [...]
Ogden Dunes Participants in the Great Pageant In the October 5, 1940 issue of the Ogden Dunes Sandpiper, a periodic community newsletter, published by Ogden Dunes Realty, a short article appeared, We plan someday to retell the story of the Great Pageant of the Dunes which was presented at Waverly Beach on June 3, 1917. In the meantime we think it worth mentioning that three of our Ogdenites were among the seven hundred plus persons taking part. Mrs. Ethel Durfee, then of Chicago, was secretary of the Dunes Pageant Association which had general control [...]
The Ogden Dunes Charity Ball a.k.a the New Year’s Eve Follies Information and memorabilia needed for Archives [Written in May 2008 for the "Hour Glass Newsletter"] Recently, Connie Daley, former resident of Ogden Dunes, contacted the Historical Society offering to donate archival material on the boy’s soccer team’s trip to Russia in 1971 and the New Year’s Eve “Follies”, known in its first two years as the Ogden Dunes Charity Ball. The Historical Society gladly accepted her offer. The materials include newspaper clippings on the Russian trip and the 1968 Follies, programs from the [...]
Return of the Native: The Ken Hine Story by Dick Meister On August 19, 2014 while I was working in my overgrown front yard at 75 Ogden Road, a car with a New York license place, PU SU, drove slowly by. It soon turned around, stopped and a white-headed gentleman, about my age, asked with some hesitation if I lived in the dunes. Given my yard outfit, I certainly did not look like a resident. He then introduced himself as Ken Hine who had moved to a home on Ogden Road when he was 11. [...]
Ogden Dunes Stories Project: Excerpts from Interviews by Ian Roseen Over the past year, 2013-2014, Roseen, who directed the Ogden Dunes Stories Project interviewed formally nearly 50 current or former residents, as well as many others informally. These interviews became the foundation for the two exhibits, “Life in the ‘Hour Glass’,” now showing at the POCO Museum in Valparaiso, and “Ogden Dunes Stories,” at The Hour Glass Museum. These interviews will become ever more valuable in the future as the coming generations will be able to recover their past. This project has [...]