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Free Museum Day observed at John Dillinger Museum

2013-09-26T00:00:00Z Free Museum Day observed at John Dillinger MuseumBy Sue Reed Times Columnist nwitimes.com
September 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The John Dillinger Museum, inside the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, isbe participating in Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live! Event.

Free admission will be offered to visitors with a Museum Day Live! ticket on Saturday. The museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930’s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.

Tickets for Museum Day Live! are available at www.smithsonian.com/museumday and will be accepted from smartphones. There is no limit on the amount of tickets used per household. Visitors who are unable to print the Museum Day Live! ticket will still be granted free admission.

The John Dillinger Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week  For more information, call (219) 989-7770.

Planetarium turns 40

The first planetarium in Lake County – the Merrillville Community Planetarium – opened for shows in the fall of 1973.

Featuring a 30-foot diameter dome, a Spitz System 512 planetarium projector, Kodak Carousel slide projectors, and a cassette tape-based sound system, the planetarium was a state-of-the-art facility for a K-12 school system in the 1970s.

The state-of-the-art has changed a lot in 40 years, however. Today, the Merrillville Community Planetarium, inside Clifford Pierce Middle School, 199 E. 70th Ave., is a fully digital facility, using the same software to project our sky as Adler Planetarium and the University of Notre Dame.

There are more than 50 programs available, half of which were produced in the Merrillville facility.

While technology has changed, the mission has remained the same - bring the universe to the Merrillville schools and Northwest Indiana residents. Every Merrillville student visits the planetarium more than two dozen times as they progress from kindergarten through grade 8.

The planetarium presents an average of 700 shows per year. In 40 years, more than 750,000 people have visited the planetarium.

"Comet: From Ice to Fire," the first public program for the 2013-14 school year, begins public shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18, 19, 25 and 26. For more information, call (219) 650-5486.

Dine and Donate

Blackstone Woodfire Grill, 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville, will donate 25 percent of its total sales this evening to the American Red Cross. Have a great meal and help those with the greatest need. (We think Colorado could use some help).

For more information, call (219) 769-0000.

Sue Reed is president and CEO of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (219) 769-8180 or geninq@crossroadschamber.org. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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