Shymanski invests in preserving the past for future generations

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on December 19, 2018 with No Comments

Logs to Lustron Tour goers look around the Johnson-Nelson Farmstead.

Throughout his time in the Northwest Indiana-Chicagoland area, Mike Shymanski has dedicated his time and resources to help keep the rich history of the area alive.

Shymanski lives in Chicago’s Pullman Historic District, leases a home he is renovating at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, serves as vice president of the Dunes National Park Association and President of Pullman Historic Foundation.

“Preservation of natural and cultural resources has been an important part of our family life,” Shymanski said.

The Shymanski family’s first project was to help preserve history and give their granddaughter a chance to enjoy weekends at the historic Johnson-Nelson Farmstead at the Indiana Dunes. They restored the farmhouse and other buildings to the Secretary of Interior Standards at their own expense.“While it has been a challenge, it has also been a joy to restore and rehabilitate the historic farmstead,” Shymanski said.

Shymanski has helped add even more history to the site by hosting a Johnson family reunion, while creating some history of his own by celebrating both of his children’s weddings on site. Shymanski is working today to grow the membership of the Dunes National Park Association,a nonprofit dedicated to preserving other historically significant buildings at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

For more information,visitwww.dunesnationalpark.org to learn more about the association, make a donation, become a member or sign up for the Dunes National Park Association newsletter.


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