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Open May through September
Thursday & Friday :: 3-6 PM
Saturday & Sunday :: 2-6 PM
Special tours May-October by Appointment


Adults $2 :: Children $1
> FREE Admission for Members!

Internship Opportunities

CLHA will cooperate with educational institutions to ensure that internships are academically-oriented for the benefit of students. Positions offer an excellent opportunity to work on substantive projects, can result in a great reference, and will include exposure to a wealth of nonprofit management practices.

> Collections Intern
> Organizational Development Intern

CLHA is a Enterprise Expansion Opportunity Network partner. Calumet College of St. Joseph students are encouraged to speak to the career services coordinator to learn more about EEON and how to earn income during an internship with CLHA.

Applicants desiring to utilize an internship as an AmeriCorps experience are encouraged to contact us for more information. AmeriCorps members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school or to pay back qualified student loans.


The Cedar Lake Historical Association is an indispensable educational entity which operates its Museum to allow visitors physical and intellectual access to exhibits and research materials. The Museum houses many interesting exhibits of Cedar Lake and the surrounding area. Included among these are the ice industry which flourished in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Several period rooms depict the lifestyle of the early century. The museum maintains a 1920's flavor in keeping with Cedar Lake's tradition as a resort destination for Chicago's high society during the Prohibition era. Take our guided tour and learn how Dr. William Scholl started his famous shoe making business as an apprentice of his grandfather here in Cedar Lake. Walk into our 1940's doctor's office to test your eyesight and find out why the operating room walls were green. View our expansive fashion collection from an 1870's mourning gown to a 1920's flapper dress.

The Museum is a 60-room, "T" shaped building. The east/west base of the "T" was originally located on the west shore of Cedar Lake. It was built in 1895 by the Armour Bros. as a boarding house for "ice farming" employees who cut and harvested ice on the lake. In 1919, Jonathan and Philip Armour sold their ice business and Chris Lassen, who owned a thriving dance pavilion, purchased the boarding house and wood from the ice barn. During the winter of 1919 he moved the entire building over the frozen lake to its present site on the east shore. He then remodeled it into a hotel and built the lakeside wing with wood from the ice barns.

The Lassen Resort was well known in the region for its hotel, restaurant built out over the lake, and its dance pavilion featuring live band performances. The Lassen family used the unique building as a hotel until shortly after World War II. The historic building was later sold to the Lake Region Christian Assembly and used as a church camp. The 20-acre property, including the hotel, was purchased by the Town of Cedar Lake from the Assembly for use as the Town Complex. When it became evident town officials were considering tearing down the decaying hotel, the Cedar Lake Historical Association, Inc. was formed and rallied to save the structure. In 1981 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Association now operates the old Lassen Hotel as a Museum.

By providing memorable experiences and creative historical opportunities for all ages, the Cedar Lake Historical Association Museum is your Escape to the Past!

School Tours

We look forward to booking your group tour! Group tours can be arranged anytime by appointment from late April through October. Please schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance. We require one chaperone for every 10 students. Payment is due upon arrival. Current tour prices are $1 per child and $2 per adult. Contact us with questions 219-390-9423 or

> Visit Overview
> General Cedar Lake History
> Field Trip Promotional Flyer
> Elementary Educator's Resources
> Middle/High School Supplement
> Photo Release Form