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 | Watch Online “Calumet: The Region’s River” and all Waterways films

January 8th | Nick Mantis presents Master Storyteller Jean Shepherd > View Recording
Additional Resources:
> July 30, 1963 WOR Radio Program (begin at minute 17)
> Hairy Gertz And The 47 Crappies (1964 Playboy Article)
> Hairy Gertz And The Forty-Seven Crappies (1966 Doubleday/Broadway Books chapter)
> Jean Shepherd Strikes Again! 1981 Variety Program (begin at minute 13)
> Shep: The Life and Career of Master Storyteller Jean Shepherd Documentary

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”


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.

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