A stroll down memory lane

Froebel School students at Gary’s Memorial Auditorium, screaming with delight at an appearance by Frank Sinatra, Nov. 1, 1945. Earlier that autumn, the Froebel School Strike brought national attention to Gary, as students went on strike in protest of Froebel being the only integrated school in the city. Strike leaders demanded that all Gary schools be integrated as well as Froebel. Sinatra wanted to come to Gary to urge students to return to school. While his singing had an impact, his visit did not result in the immediate halt to the strike.

Courtesy of Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest

Doing some spring cleaning and finding old photos?

Perhaps you’d like to share them, and there’s a great way to do that.

Scanning sessions have been set for our second “Memories Along the South Shore” photo history book, this one covering the 1940s through the 1960s.

The first book, “Memories Along the South Shore: The Early Years,” was published just before Indiana’s bicentennial year began and sold out quickly. Many readers bought it as a Christmas present for family members.

Dozens of readers contributed photos for that book at public scanning sessions held at libraries, museums and historical societies around the Region. Any photos not included in the book were posted in galleries on our bustling www.nwi.com/history site that debuted with the bicentennial.

We’ve set up new scanning sessions for this next book, and they’ll begin in two weeks.

We’re seeking general interest photos taken in Northwest Indiana from 1940 to 1969 showing commerce, transportation, industry, service, rural life or other aspects of the time.

Scanners need original photos, not newspaper clippings, and they’ll process up to 10 photos per family.

Alice Smedstad, special events coordinator at the Merrillville History Museum, hosted a scanning session last May and again will host one on primary election day, May 3.

“The process is quick and easy,” she recalled. “Those wishing to share a picture come to the museum, complete an information/release form and watch as their picture is scanned.

“Last year we had a steady flow of people who were eager to share a personal photo for the first book.”

Smedstad encourages visitors with photos to take time to tour the museum, a great suggestion for anyone visiting any of the scanning sites across the Region.

Here’s the full list of scanning sessions, dates and times:

  • Stagecoach Museum, 127 N. Main St., Hebron, from 2 to 4 p.m. April 30.
  • Portage Community Historical Society, 5250 US Highway 6, from 10 a.m. to noon May 2.
  • Merrillville Historical Society, 13 W. 73rd Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon May 3.
  • Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, from 2 to 4 p.m. May 3.
  • Calumet Regional Archives, Anderson Library, Indiana University Northwest, 35th Avenue just west of Broadway, Gary, from 10 a.m. to noon May 4.
  • Porter County Museum, 153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso, from 3 to 5 p.m. May 4.
  • The Kaske House, 1154 Ridge Road, Munster, from 10 a.m. to noon May 5.
  • Dyer Historical Society and Museum, 1 Town Square, from 2 to 5 p.m. May 5.
  • Whiting Public Library, 1735 Oliver St., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 6.
  • Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., from 2 to 5 p.m. May 6.*
  • Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 7.
  • LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave. #1, LaPorte, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 7.

We hope to see you at any of these scanning sites if you have photos to share. Or you can share photos and pre-order the book at http://southshore2.pictorialbook.com.

Your contributions may help make the next book as representative as it can be.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

* This has been changed from the original to reflect the new time slot for scanning photos in Hammond.

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Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.

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