Event to present pictorial collection of steel mills

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Published on March 17, 2011 with No Comments

The Ogden Dunes Historical Society is presenting authors Stephen G. McShane and Gary Wilk, both of Indiana University Northwest, March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Ogden Dunes Community Church, located at 116 Hillcrest Road. McShane and Wilk have published “Steel Giants,” a pictorial history highlighting the period between 1906 and the 1960s when all of Northwest Indiana was aglow with blast furnaces spewing out jobs and ash.

Many of the photos depict the building of new steel mills and the production of steel and the impact on all the bordering communities. Other photos are of Indiana Harbor workers of Inland Steel and U.S. Steel. Many photos have not been published and show cottages along the beach, women working in the mills and steel families.

Author McShane is the archivist and curator of the Calumet Region Archives at Indiana University Northwest’s library. He is a co-author of “Moonlight in Duneland.” Wilk is a retired professor of the fine arts department at Indiana University Northwest who has worked in the steel mills.

The history of Ogden Dunes stretches back to the ice age when glaciers formed the dunes on the south of what now is Lake Michigan. The mission of the Ogden Dunes Historical Society is to preserve, protect and present the history of Ogden Dunes. Anyone can join the Historical Society of Ogden Dunes; there are various levels of membership offered.

The Hour Glass local history museum, located at 8 Lupine Lane in Ogden Dunes, houses the Ogden Dunes Historical Society’s collections of books, papers, records, artifacts, paintings and sculptures. The Hour Glass museum is open to visitors by appointment only. For more information, call 219-762-1268, or visit www.odhistory.org.

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