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Indiana History: Places to Visit

IU Northwest students in History A363 and Liberal Studies D511 courses may find this LibGuide helpful in researching topics regarding Indiana from before statehood to the present.


Every resource in this LibGuide is accessible by Indiana University Northwest students.  However, other researchers may access the web sites and e-journals.

Because "Indiana history" is a broad topic, this guide includes popular subjects, as well as, people and buildings pertaining to Northwest Indiana. 

Feel free to read to your heart's content!  Welcome!!

Archives and Historical Societies

Calumet Regional Archives
IU Northwest
Library, Room 331
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408

Researchers are advised to call ahead, if possible, before visiting the Archives.
Please call or email Steve McShane to arrange access to the materials.



Historical Societies

This link is to two lists of historical societies.  The first list is of Illinois societies and the second list is of societies in Northwest Indiana.

Historic Sites

Beverly Shores Depot
525 Broadway
Beverly Shores, IN  46301 

This railroad depot was built in 1929.


Brown Mansion
700 W. Porter Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The mansion was built in 1885 by George Brown, a farmer.


Buckley Homestead
3606 Belshaw Road
Lowell, IN
Tours are conducted by the Lake County Parks Department.

Agricultural life during the 19th and early 20th centuries is depicted on this active farm.


Melvin A. Halsted Home
201 East Main Street
Lowell, IN  46356
Tours by Appointment 219-696-8137

Melvin Halsted, the founder of Lowell, built the first brick home in Lake County.


Wood's Grist Mill
9410 Old Lincoln Highway
Hobart, IN  46342

This mill was built in 1837.  Photos and data are found here.




Indiana University Northwest

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John W. Anderson Library
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408
(219) 980-6931