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May through September
Thursday & Friday :: 3-6 PM
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Special Events 2017

We have been proudly preserving Cedar Lake history for 40 years! Please join us for our special events during this milestone year!

Live Music Sundays 2017
4:00 PM from the Museum Porch
August 20, 2017: Russ Gower & Ryan Niemeyer, Guitar

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Behind-the-Scenes Tour
: Have you ever wondered what goes on UPSTAIRS at the museum? We’re opening our 2nd floor for a special behind the scenes tour of our archival storage rooms. Purchase admission today: $5 per member, $10 per non-member. Participation limited to 12 people. > Contact us for tickets!
Note: Participants should be able to climb a flight of stairs and walk without assistance.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:30 PM
Painting on the Porch for Kids
: Children will receive instruction for painting with acrylics and take home their own creation on a 10x10 canvas. There may also be time for rock painting! Class will run 1-1/2 to 2 hours and conclude with a pizza treat. Ages 12 and older. $30 per painter (4 min/10 max painters) > Contact us for tickets!

Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Family Fun Fest at the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum:
Learn how to make ice cream, churn butter, play games like they did when the museum was a real four star resort, or just sit on the porch in one of our rockers and enjoy the afternoon. The Cedar Lake Historical Association is sponsoring its 5th Annual Family Fun Fest for all to enjoy themselves the way our grandparents, great-grandparents, and even some great-great-grandparents did along the shores of Cedar Lake. Funding provided by a grant from Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation.
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September 2017
Let the Dead Speak: The History of Lake County Through its Cemeteries
Enjoy this temporary exhibit for free with your museum admission all month. > Read More

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Presentation on Let the Dead Speak
: Enjoy an informative presentation with Rhiannon Cizon on the history of Lake County as told by its cemeteries. From labor history to women's histoy and everything in between, this talk explores what the dead have to say.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Smithsonian Magazine 13th Annual Museum Day
: *FREE general admission for two when you present your Smithsonian Museum Day ticket!*

September, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Wine & Wreath
: A fun, unique, make-and-take event that allows you to craft your own interchangable, rearrangale, burlap wreath with helpful, detailed instruction from WreathArrangeables! Bring a friend or come solo. Contact us with questions or for more information.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Folklore & Legends of Cedar Lake
: Did Capone and Dillinger really spend time in Cedar Lake? Is there an underground spring that connects Fancher Lake in Crown Point to Cedar Lake? Sort the facts from the fiction at this entertaining program.

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Blue Star Museum Program

The Cedar Lake Historical Association’s Lake of the Red Cedars Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
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Annual Election Meeting

The annual election of the Board of Governors and Officers of the Association by the membership will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM in the Cedar Lake Town Hall meeting room.

All dues-paying members in good standing are entitled to one (1) vote at the Annual Election Meeting. Please contact us if you are unsure if your membership is currently active.

Board Meetings

The Cedar Lake Historical Association Board of Governors generally meets the 4th Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM.

Archived Resources

John Hodson of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society kicked off our 2014 season with a fascinating presentation on the KVHS archaeological project in March. The Collier Lodge site, also known as Baum’s Bridge, is located on the southern border of Porter County, Indiana on the northern edge of the former Kankakee Marsh. Read more on the KVHS website and view informative KVHS YouTube videos.

Diane Sprehe presented an outstanding genealogy program at our September 2013 meeting. She has made her handout full of valuable links and resources available for everyone wishing to get started on building a family tree. Thank you Diane!
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