Michigan City Pop up Tours Feature Historic Sites
Historic sites in Michigan City will become museums for one night only during the Barker Mansion’s newest programm: pop up tours. Through partnerships with area institutions, guests will get an insider’s look at significant structures which feature a connection to the mansion’s rich legacy. The group will depart from the Barker Mansion at 7 pm and walk to the locations of that night’s tour together. Heritage Interpreter TJ Kalin will point out significant architectural sites during the short walk. July’s pop up tour will highlight St. Mary the Immaculate Conception. The July 7 event will meet at the Barker Mansion at 7 pm, and participants will be led through the Haskell and Barker Historic District where Kalin will detail significant structures and share stories of factory life. Upon arrival at St. Mary’s, church historian Pat Harris will offer a tour highlighting the stained-glass windows and Alfonso Iannelli altar and Stations of the Cross. The altar and Stations were purchased by Catherine Barker in memory of her mother. The last pop up tour of the summer will take place on August 4 at 7 pm. Participants will meet at Barker House, the current home of Save the Dunes (444 Barker Road, near Barker Middle School). The group will explore the main house and outbuildings, which include a dance hall and a carriage house. The Barker connection will be highlighted as well, including which family members lived in the home and when. Each pop up tour costs $10 per adult and $5 per senior or youth. Price includes a voucher for a free mansion tour, valued at $8. Proceeds will be split between the Barker Mansion and the featured organization each month. Registration is required via Eventbrite or by calling the mansion at (219) 873-1520 x5.
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