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(219) 873-3042 | 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 | Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The following organizations are additional sources for information about the history of Michigan City and LaPorte County:

Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum

Michigan City Historical Society and Old Lighthouse Museum

One Washington Park Marina
Michigan City, IN

The Michigan City Historical Society is located in the Old Lighthouse Museum, the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The collection is available for researchers and Michigan City Historical Society members by request. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday,  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time.

LaPorte County Historical Society building

La Porte County Historical Society

2405 Indiana Ave.
La Porte, IN

The La Porte County Historical Society Museum hosts many events and exhibits each year; from re-enacting the Civil War to filling an acre of land with old cars, permanent exhibits to special current exhibits, there is something for everyone! The Historical Society Museum includes a research library.

Barker Mansion

631 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN

The historic Barker Mansion lives as a monument of industry, charity, and turn-of-the-century life in Michigan City, highlighting the legacy of the Barker family through interpretive tours and special programs for kids and adults.


Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County

Volunteer organization that researches and documents La Porte County cemetery listings.

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La Porte County Public Library

Main Library: 904 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN

Coolspring Branch: 7089 West 400 North
Michigan City, IN

Public library serving LaPorte County, Indiana, through its collections, events, and programs.

Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest Library

Westville Campus
1401 S. U.S. 421
Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5200
(855) 608-4600

Purdue Northwest Library, Westville, includes historical resources and archival material in their print and online collections.

Its archives and special collections includes books, documents, photographs and other items that are either very old, fragile, rare, or important to Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, and Purdue University Northwest history.

Check out their online guide, Celebrating Naomi Anderson, about the 19th-century African American suffragist leader who was born and raised in Michigan City. An important public figure of the time, her story fell into obscurity until recently. Find out more about this fascinating and important leader on the Purdue Northwest Library website. 

PNW Digital includes online exhibits, digitized collections, oral histories, and audiovisual materia.

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IU Northwest Calumet Regional Archives

3400 Broadway
Library Room 331
Gary, Indiana 46408
Archivist Jeremy Pekarek
Archives Appointment Request Form:

Collections of interest include CRA 049: Michigan City Collection, CRA 038: South Shore Railroad Collection, CRA 022: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Collection, photographs, maps, and more

Beverly Shores depot

The Beverly Shores Depot Museum & Heritage Trail

525 S Broadway
Beverly Shores, IN 46301

The Beverly Shores Depot Museum enriches the lives of visitors by preserving and telling the story of Beverly Shores and the area, featuring exhibits by artists from our region, and hosting events. The Beverly Shores Heritage Trail covers local historical sites of interest, highlighting structures that no longer exist. A trail marker at each site provides a brief description of what was there and a QR code allows access to additional information. Download the Beverly Shores Heritage Trail brochure here.

Hanna, Indiana map

Hanna Historical Society

Hanna Historical Society
PO Box 225
Hanna, IN 46340

Historical society documenting the history of Hanna, Indiana.

historic photo of Main Street, Westville, IN

Westville Community Historical Society

P.O. Box 395
Westville, IN 46391-0395

A not-for-profit, private educational organization, dedicated to perpetuating Westville, Indiana community history.
Westville Public Library

Westville-New Durham Twp Public Library

153 Main St.
Westville, IN  46391
(219) 785-2015

Public library serving Westville and New Durham Township, Indiana.

Wanatah Historical Society

Wanatah Historical Society

PO Box 156
Wanatah, IN 46390-0156

The Wanatah Historical Society was formed in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens, with the mission to remember and preserve the history of Wanatah and the surrounding area.

LaCrosse Public Library

LaCrosse Public Library

LaCrosse Public Library
307 E. Main Street,
LaCrosse, IN 46348

Public library serving LaCrosse, Indiana.

Indiana State Archives building

Indiana State Archives

6440 East 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1007

The permanent repository for important records of Indiana government.

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Indiana Historical Society

450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 232-1882

Collects, preserves, and promotes the history of Indiana.

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Indiana State Library

315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3210
Genealogy Collection: 317-232-3689

Through its history, the Indiana State Library has developed strong collections in the fields of Indiana history and culture, Indiana state government and United States government publications, Indiana newspapers, genealogy and family history resources.

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