Octave Chanute Talk at National Lakeshore's Douglas Center

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Date: June 12, 2017

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Enjoy a fascinating talk and hike about the pioneering aviator Octave Chanute at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center on Sunday, June 25, from 12:45 pm to 3:45 pm.

Join Octave Chanute expert Simine Short as she takes you on a journey showing photos taken 121 years ago of the glider flying experiments in the dunes along Lake Michigan, an area that is now the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Learn of the communication and interaction between the Wright Brothers and Chanute, and how Chanute helped pave the way for them to achieve powered flight in 1903. 

The program will take place at the Paul H. Douglas Center and afterwards, Ms. Short will hike with a ranger to the Chanute trail and Chanute statue at Marquette Park. A free dunes shuttle service makes stops at Marquette Park, the South Shore Miller railroad stop, the Douglas Center, and Lake Street beach from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.


The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year. Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.

Last updated: June 12, 2017

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