LAPORTE | “You’ll shoot your eye out, Kid!” With this line, one of the most beloved of all holiday movies made its way into our hearts. This year the La Porte County Historical Society Museum will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie, “A Christmas Story.” The story of Ralphie and his family takes place in Northern Indiana and is the childhood memories of author, Jean Shepherd, who grew up in Hammond. All through the entire holiday season, the movie will be depicted at the museum. The Leg Lamp will be on display in the showcase on the lower level, Mom will be coaxing Randy to eat in the kitchen, and Higbee’s Dept. Store is on Main St. Come and see what you would look like in a pink bunny suit!
Events at the museum during the month of December include:
Saturday, Dec. 7th. 10am-3pm- SANTA!
When Ralphie visited Santa in Higbee’s Dept. Store, Santa was perched high on a mountain, recreated on the lower level of the museum. Come and see Santa and have some cookies. (Bring your list so he can check it twice!)
Saturday, Dec. 14th. 3pm- The Original Jean Shepherd Story
Professional storyteller, Grant Fitch, will be presenting the original Jean Shepherd story, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, from which Ralphie’s exploits were taken.
Saturday, Dec. 21st. 12 Noon and again at 2pm. “Mrs. Parker’s Piggie Lunch”
Ralphie remembers every meal at his house as being meatloaf, mashed potatoes and red cabbage. Creative Catering from Westville will be recreating this meal, along with a salad, a dessert and a few surprises. There will be 2 seatings so make reservations soon! $15.00 per person covers the meal and museum admission.
Other Holiday traditions include the Giese Chapel. This is the 66th year the little chapel has been delighting visitors, old and young. On display on the lower level, the little choir of dolls still sings and the minister preaches his little sermon. New this year- the magnificent tree in the lobby will be wearing beautiful, intricate handmade ornaments by local resident, Wilbur Dieters. Trees handcrafted using his mother’s jewelry will be displayed on the Victorian Dining Room table. The period rooms in the museum will as always be decorated using original ornaments of the decade.
Recently the Historical Society acquired a wonderful keyboard in memory of former curator and organist, Jim Rodgers. Several church choirs in the county have agreed to come and sing Christmas songs at the museum during the Holiday season, using the keyboard. St. Peter’s Catholic Church choir will be performing at 11am on Saturday the 7th, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church choir at 11am on the 14th, and First United Methodist Church choir of La Porte at 1pm on the 14th. Any other choir wishing to spread a little Christmas cheer may call 219.324.6767 and will be added to the schedule.
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is located at 2405 Indiana Avenue in La Porte, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00A.M. to 4:30P.M.. Call ahead for admission prices at 219-324-6767, or visit our website at www.laportecountyhistory.org. Children under 12 enter free. The facility is accessible to those with disabilities.