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The National Park Service is seeking individuals and groups to participate in Duneland Heritage Days at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2011. This free event takes place at the historic Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm areas of the national lakeshore and draws about 6,000 visitors.
Duneland Heritage Days showcases how human history has been influenced by the landscapes of the Duneland region. It features activities on Native Americans and early Euro-American immigrants, farmers and the early industrialization and growth of transportation corridors. It also celebrates more recent times and the diversity of people moving into and settling the area, drawn by jobs in industry, transportation, tourism, and the citizen-led conservation movement that helped lead to the creation of both the national lakeshore and state park.
Festival planners are seeking dynamic, engaging and interactive presenters, hands-on activities for visitors, demonstrators of appropriate heritage crafts and life ways, performers, and vendors who specialize in activities related to the area’s shared heritage.
All inquiries are welcome. Please call or email Cliff Goins at 219-395-1864 or Cliff_Goins@nps.gov to find out more about the event and get an application. Applications must be received no later than August 5, 2011. Selected applicants will be notified by August 15.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 394 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. More information can be found at www.nps.gov/INDU.