Society News Archive

  • Scarecrow Festival Tours Enjoyed by Many

    The society again offered horse-drawn carriage tours of Wanatah during Scarecrow Fest. Read this article that was featured in the LaPorte Herald Argus after the festival.

  • 2011 Annual Dinner Meeting
    Norman Grieger, president of the Wanatah Historical Society welcomed 100 people to the 2011 Annual Dinner Meeting held at Salem United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. Edward Marks offered the invocation preceding the buffet catered by Burketts of North Judson.

    The program was "The Fabulous 50's and was presented by Bruce Johnson, director of the LaPorte County Historical Society and Susan Richter, assistant curator of the LaPorte Museum. The duo offered musical entertainment and sang several songs from each of the years in the 1950's ranging from 'Vaya Con Dios' to 'How Much is that Doggie in the Window?' They also talked about events during those years including the advent of rock and roll. They were accompanied on the piano by Rosemary Dure.

    Following the program, drawings were held for prizes donated by area merchants from Wanatah and Valparaiso.

  • 2010 Annual Dinner Meeting
    Norman Grieger, president of the Wanatah Historical Society, extended the welcome to the 15th annual dinner at the Salem United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. Edward Marks offered the invocation.

    The theme of the program was Wedding Belles. A series of wedding photos was displayed on the screen and narrated by Susie Richter, assistant curator at the LaPorte County Historical Society. Bruce Johnson added to the program by singing several songs popular at weddings in past years.

    Four wedding gowns were displayed, the oldest of which was a brown dress worn by a woman in 1878. The dress was accented with exquisitely pleated cuffs and pleats at the hemline. The dress is 132 years old and shows no tears or holes. The bride was the grandmother of Ellen Volk.

    A white satin gown with a sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and buttons from the neckline to the backwaist was worn by Ellen Conboy when she married Edward Volk in 1943. The dress with a netting bodice added was worn by Ellen's daughter Mary Volk when she married Mark Horst.

    Betty Stonecipher also chose white satin with wrist-length sleeves and matching buttons for her marriage to Leo Hunsley.

  • 2nd Wanatah Historical Society Pictorial
    The second volume of the Wanatah Indiana Pictorial History made by the Wanatah Historical Society is now available. The cost is $15 plus $2 shipping. The first volume is also available for $10 + $2 shipping. Or the two may be purchased together for $20 + $4 shipping. Send orders to Wanatah Historical Society, P.O. Box 156, Wanatah, IN 46390.

  • Thank You!
    The Wanatah Historical Society would like to thank Mike Crosby of Beach Grove, IN for his donation of the Wanatah Coal Dock model to the Society. It was awarded Best of Show in 2005 when entered in the model contest of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society in Harrisburg, PA. It was on display at the Horizon Bank and most recently at the Wanatah Scarecrow Festival. Thank you!!
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