Adult Educational Programs

Lecture Back from the Brink: Restoring the Calumet River

  • Sunday, November Noon - 1 p.m.
  • Register by November 10

The Grand Calumet River was described by the Chicago Tribune in the 1960s as “the most polluted river in the world”. Efforts have been ongoing by state and federal agencies, in collaboration with non-profit organizations and local municipalities to dredge and restore the river and adjacent wetland and upland habitats. This talk will cover the history of the river, the natural resource damages settlements and the partnerships and collaboration that took place to use those settlement dollars to leverage federal funds to restore the river for fish and wildlife benefit as well as potential future recreational benefits.

Carl Wodrich, Ecological Director for IDNR will be here to tell about the joint effort from the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies to make the Calumet River a place to be proud of.

Call to reserve your place at 219-844-3188

Documentary Riding the Rails of History: The Story of the South Shore Line

  • Sunday, February 25, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Register by February 23

A documentary film about America's last interurban, The South Shore Line, tells the history and significance of the Northern Indiana's only commuter rail line. Viewers will learn about the line's beginnings in the early 1900s, its near demise then resuscitation by industrial magnate Samuel Insull, the struggle through the Great Depression, World War II and a changing transportation landscape, to finally being controlled through the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District as a public entity that serves 4 million riders a year.

Few institutions are known as well throughout Northwest Indiana as the South Shore Rail Line. It has been an entity that has helped shape the communities of the area and still serves an important role in the region. Many people note that the impact that the South Shore Line has had reaches beyond measurable statistics.

Producer Paul Nelson will be here to tell about his work and to answer questions about the South Shore Line. Copies of the documentary will be available for purchase. Call to reserve your place.