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Courtesy of Calumet Regional Archives

Military quarters during Pullman strike, July 1894. Many Hammond residents sympathized with striking workers at South Chicago’s Pullman Works. When violence broke out in Hammond railroad yards, federal and state troops were called in to restore and maintain order, billeted in tents, known as “Camp Gunder.” In the background are the packing houses of the George H. Hammond Co.

Our first two “Memories Along the South Shore” photo books covered the early years through the 1960s and brought Region history and events to your living rooms.

Our next book will complete the journey of 125 years of history in a great way.

Like the first two, this next “Memories Along the South Shore” will take shape with your photos. They can be shared, conveniently, at nine public photo screening sessions June 10-17 throughout the Region.

We’re seeking general interest photos taken in Northwest Indiana showing commerce, transportation, industry, rural life, public service or other aspects of life.

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

Unlike the first two books, which focused on a particular stretch of time, this one will present photos from the early years to the present in Northwest Indiana. It will make a great complement and conclusion to the “Memories Along the South Shore” series.

Thanks to our partners who are hosting screenings at libraries, museums and historical societies. Visit one close to you.

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

  • June 10: Portage Community Historical Society, 5250 U.S. 6, Countryside Park, Portage, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • June 10: Porter County Museum, 153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso, from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • June 12: Lake Station Historical Society Museum, 2400 Central Ave., Lake Station, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • June 13: Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • June 14: Dyer Historical Society and Museum, 1 Town Square, Dyer, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • June 14: Munster Historical Society, The Kaske House, 1154 Ridge Road, Munster, from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • June 15: Merrillville History Museum-Ross Township Historical Society, 13 W. 73rd Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • June 15: Whiting Public Library, meeting room, 1735 Oliver St., from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • June 17: Hammond Public Library, 564 State St., from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit, where you can download submission forms or pre-order this book.

Pomp and Circumstance

Today is Super Sunday for high school graduations in the Region, with a dozen commencement ceremonies planned.

Look for extensive photo galleries of several of these as well as others throughout Northwest Indiana at

These galleries annually are among our most popular, celebrating student achievement. Congratulations to the Class of 2017.

Also at is a growing gallery of favorite teachers recommended by students and school officials from around the Region. That gallery is attached to this column online.

If your favorite teacher isn’t there, nominate him or her for deserving recognition.

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

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



Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.