People Engaged in Preservation, LaPorte's not-for-profit historic preservation organization, announced the release of the book "Historic Architecture of LaPorte Indiana: The First 20 Years of the Candlelight Tour." The publication will be released to the public, and available for sale, at an event to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend.
The book, at a cost of $30, includes 106 histories of every historic home, church, and commercial building that has ever been on PEP's Christmas Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes. PEP originally started the tour as a fundraiser in 1996, with the event, over time, becoming a regional tourist draw. The most recent tour was held in 2016.
In addition to being a comprehensive research work of the histories of all of the structures on the first 20 years of the Candlelight Tour, the book also includes the original pen and ink renderings of all 106 structures by local artist and charter PEP member Don Bowman.
PEP has donated copies of the book to regional libraries, schools, museums and repositories in order to make the information as widely available as possible.
The Saturday event is intended as a celebration of the book's long-anticipated release, as well as the public's first chance to purchase the book in person, and an opportunity for the public to discuss with PEP members the process involved in publishing the book.
For those currently living outside LaPorte County, mail orders can be placed by sending a check or money order for $40 (include $10 for shipping and handling), payable to People Engaged in Preservation, P.O. Box 853, LaPorte, IN 46352.