Winter Speaker Series

November 2022 – March 2023

Sundays | 2 PM

All events are scheduled at The Museum at Lassen’s Resort unless otherwise noted. Registration is required. Admission is free for members, or $2 at the door for guests. Please RSVP using the calendar below.

November 13th | Meg Demakas presents “A Visit with Gene Stratton Porter” > View Recording

December 4th | Samuel Love presents “Calumet: The Region’s River” short film screening & discussion > Read Press Release

January 8th | Nick Mantis presents Master Storyteller Jean Shepherd

February 5th | Joseph Pete presents “Secret Northwest Indiana: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure”

March 5th | Dr. Kenneth Schoon presents “Pullman: the Man, the Company, the Historical Park”


December 4th: Samuel Love is a social and civic practice artist who organizes public projects that connect communities to their cultural and ecological histories through publishing, multi-media installations, and performance. He is the editor of The Gary Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2020) and the writer and producer of the short documentary film Calumet: The Region’s River (Indiana Humanities Council, 2022). He is the fourth generation in his family to live in Gary, Indiana and is a recent graduate of the Gary Urban Farming Initiative through Purdue Extension.

January 8th: Nick Mantis is the Executive Director and Producer of the documentary “Shep: The Life and Career of Master Storyteller Jean Shepherd.”

February 5th: Joseph S. Pete is a Region native who writes for The Times of Northwest Indiana, a job that’s taken him all around the South Shore. The author of Lost Hammond, Indiana and 100 Things to Do in Gary and Northwest Indiana Before You Die, Pete is a frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio and has twice as many first names as the average person. His many accolades include Lisagor Awards, SPJ Awards, and a calculator he won at a Hammond Civic Center circus raffle.

March 5th: Dr. Kenneth Schoon, a Northwest Indiana native and professor of science education, has a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s in secondary education, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Schoon’s research interests center around science misconceptions and local studies. His book, Calumet Beginnings, first published in October, 2003, is a heavily illustrated, interdisciplinary geology and early history of the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana and south of Chicago areas.

November 13th: Meg DeMakas presents a historical persona based on my research of Gene Stratton-Porter, born Geneva Grace Stratton. She was a Hoosier author, nature photographer, and naturalist from Wabash County, Indiana. Stratton-Porter’s books were popular worldwide and she was compared to Theodore Roosevelt for her impact on the Conservationist Movement. Born August 17, 1863, she died December 6, 1924, in Los Angeles.

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