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History is explored at Duneland Heritage Days

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Published on September 07, 2010 with No Comments

Visit the Chellberg Farm and Bailly Homestead of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for the first ever Duneland Heritage Days Event on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Embark on a journey through 10,000 years of shared heritage and learn how people and the land have influenced each other over time.
At Duneland Heritage Days, explore three activity zones covering broad time periods of our shared history. Near the Bailly Homestead, learn about the continued heritage of American Indians and see demonstrations of drumming, dancing and open-fire cooking. Understand how early trade routes were influenced by Lake Michigan and the wetlands. Learn about early cultures through evidence they left behind and earn a junior ranger archeology badge.


Near the Chellberg farm, explore a pre-industrial agricultural lifestyle through soap making, bread making and pressing apple cider. Take an old-fashioned hay ride or learn how early farm foods could be preserved and how clothes were cleaned at the turn of the 20th century. See how shifting work opportunities and a migration from farms to towns were influenced by different waves of immigrants.
Finally, near the picnic shelters learn how transportation, industry, residential development and tourism have recently shaped our landscape. Be treated to stories by Mama Edie and the Northwest Indiana Storytellers guild. Learn about the birth of the local ecology and conservation movements that resulted in the establishment of both the state park and national lakeshore.
This free, hands-on event offers opportunities to celebrate our shared heritage and trace the threads of land use, development and stewardship over time. Music from Banjo Bob, Trois Canard and others will add to the festive atmosphere. Foods such as Swedish potato sausages, corn on the cob, and hamburgers will be available for purchase at two of the three locations. An open-air Farmer’s Market will also have abundant apples and other produce available for purchase.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 393 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.
For more information on these and other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit, or contact Cliff Goins at 219-395-1864 or by e-mail at Cliff_Goins@nps.gov. The Chellberg Farm and Bailly Homestead are located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Hwy. 12 and U.S. Hwy. 20 in Porter.

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