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Contact: Ryan Koepke, 219-395-1882
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join a National Park Service ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair on Saturday, October 20 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Each tour will last one hour and fifteen minutes and includes an inside look at the Cypress Log House, House of Tomorrow, Florida Tropical House, Armco-Ferro House, and the Rostone House. Reservations are required and there is a $15 per person fee to cover the cost of shuttle buses between the parking lot and the houses. There is no on-site parking available.
These tours are offered in partnership with the Dunes National Park Association (DNPA), who will take tour reservations through the DNPA website starting on September 10. The DNPA is a nonprofit organization that supports the protection, preservation, and promotion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The original 1933 "Century of Progress" houses featured innovative building materials, modern home appliances, and new construction techniques. The houses were moved to northwest Indiana in 1935 to promote a new housing community and were included in the national lakeshore boundary in the early 1970's. Today, the historic homes are undergoing rehabilitation with private funds through a partnership with Indiana Landmarks and private citizens.
Reservations for the tours open on September 10 at 8:00 am Central Daylight Time and are available only through an on-line system at www.dunesnationalpark.org. Each reservation includes a shuttle bus from a remote parking lot. Please follow the on-line reservation instructions carefully and be sure to print out your reservation ticket, note the location of the event's parking lot, and be sure to arrive at the parking lot at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour time to allow for shuttling to the houses. If you have additional questions, please call the national lakeshore information desk at 219-395-1882.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.