Porter County Museum Wins Project of the Year Award

Central Stories ProjectThe Central Stories Project, an oral history project focused on the Valparaiso’s downtown central neighborhood, was recently named History Project of the Year by the Indiana Historical Society. The project is a part of the Porter County Museum where visitors can see the result of Americorps members Jake Just and Emily Royer’s year long outreach in the neighborhood.

The Indiana History Project of the year is awarded to an organization for an exceptional educational event or history project implemented during the past year relating to that organization’s mission. The museum will receive the award at the Indiana Historical Society’s Anniversary celebration on Dec. 2

Elizabeth Lynn, an advisor to the Central Stories Project, explained “From genesis to fruition, the Central Stories Project has been a striking blend of intellectual seriousness, artistic creativity, personal commitment and public engagement.”

The Central Stories Project was made possible by the generosity of Indiana Humanities. Researchers Jake Just and Emily Royer are Americorps members serving at the Porter County Museum. The Central Stories Project Exhibit will be at the museum through the end of December.