Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting! Nov 22, 2018 11:45 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!
Special Holiday Luncheon Nov 29, 2018
Tour of Barker Mansion experience the splendor of a Barker Christmas!
Tour of Barker Mansion experience the splendor of a Barker Christmas!

Lunch will be held at Barker Mansion 631 Washington Street -- Michigan City, Indiana

Special Entertainment Krueger Middle School Singers 

optional Guided tour after meeting

Barker Mansion is the former residence of local millionaire-industrialist, John H. Barker, who built the Haskell & Barker Railroad Car Company, which later became Pullman-Standard. The mansion was built in 1857, and shortly after the elaborate 38 room structure was finished, both Mr. and Mrs. Barker passed away, leaving the mansion and the Barker fortune to their only child, Catherine, who later donated the structure to Michigan City. The building is now a lasting tribute to Barker's philanthropy and is open to the public for tours. A tour of the mansion and grounds makes for a fascinating study in "gracious living." It is typical of turn-of-the-century opulence and features rare woods and marble, beautiful one-of-a-kind tapestries, impressive collections of books and paintings, and a third-story ballroom where the Barkers entertained in royal fashion.

The architecture is modeled after the stately English manors of the Victorian Era. The rich furnishings, almost all original, were imported from Europe and the rest of the world. The drawing room features a hand carved marble fireplace and ceiling of molded plaster in baroque design. Silver-plated bronze torches and a white limestone fireplace invite one into the foyer of the mansion. The walnut table in the formal dining room has a beautifully carved pedestal base ornamented with cherubs, each one a unique "winged child." Throughout the mansion, the discerning visitor is intrigued by the repetition of lions, winged women, cherubs, and garlands worked in various mediums. Much of the decor consists of authentic Barker family artifacts, including furnishings and art objects, family portraits, library collections, and personal belongings. Outside, an elaborate sunken garden hosts a bronze equatorial sun dial, a tea house complete with leaded-glass globes, and a 19th Century Italian statue of "The Three Graces"; these delightful elements combine to make the courtyard and perennial garden an especially unique setting for weddings.

If the visitor is lucky enough to be in LaPorte County around the holiday season, he or she can experience the splendor of a Barker Christmas! In December, all three floors are bedecked with Christmas decor of the Victorian period. It is a magical sight for children and adults. Barker Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Barker Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kristen Wozniak Dec 13, 2018
Internet Crimes Against Children Administrator
Internet Crimes Against Children Administrator

Kristen Wozniak was born in and raised in LaPorte and currently resides in Michigan City.  She graduated from LaPorte High School in 2010, and attended Purdue University North Central where she received her bachelor degree in Communication with a minor in Sociology.  In college, Kristen was heavily involved in her school’s media program, The Panther News Network, and was an avid participant in the public speaking competition known as the Hyde Park Forum that led to the development of her passion for public speaking. Kristen joined the La Porte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in February 2018 as the Internet Crimes Against Children Administrator. One of Kristen’s many roles in this position is to educate the masses on pertinent issues such as Internet Privacy, Sextortion, Cyberbullying, and Human Trafficking, and she has presented at multiple schools and events, including the Indiana Youth Worker’s Café. 

Captain Dale and Major Becky Simmons Dec 20, 2018
The Salvation Army of Michigan City
The Salvation Army of Michigan City

New officers of The Salvation Army of Michigan City, Captain Dale Simmons and Major Becky Simmons, will talk about this year's Christmas Campaign and discuss bell ringing - just in time for the club's annual day of bell ringing to support the local Salvation Army efforts.

Mariah Pol Feb 21, 2019
MCAS Middle School Teacher

Mariah Pol, MCAS middle school teacher, will speak about her participation in the Oleander Initiative, which is a gathering of educators from around the world to focus on international peace.  It was held in Japan this summer and Mariah was selected to participate. She was one of only two chosen from the United States.  We look forward to hearing what she learned and is implementing in her classroom as a result!