Want to learn more about Michigan City history? The library’s 1993 oral history project, Getting There: Oral Histories about Transportation in Michigan City, is now available online as part of Indiana University’s digital collections! Check it out at https://media.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/s7527206b
Thank you to Jeremy Pekarek, Librarian/Archivist at IU Northwest Anderson Library, for digitizing this collection and making it available online.
Getting There is a series of videotaped oral histories focusing on the history of railroads and aviation in Michigan City. This project was initiated and administered by the Michigan City Public Library, co-sponsored by the LaPorte County Historical Society, and funded through an Indiana Heritage Research Grant from 1993-1994.
Interviewees who discuss aviation include: Harry Frey, John Griswold, Dale Phillips, Darin Phillips, Joe Phillips, Tom Ringo, Burton Ruby, Al Spiers, Dorothy Verdos, George Verdos, and Rex Westphal. Those who talk about the city’s railroads include: Lucius Donkle, Steve Eldridge, William Harris, Ed Hedstrom, Henry Kintzele, Jr., and Eugene Moldenhauer.