I walk by this stone nearly every morning and I rarely look at it. It just so happened that I looked down at it this morning and noticed it was dedicated by the Historical Society of Porter County (now the Porter County Museum Foundation), Duneland Historical Society, First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, and First National Bank of Valparaiso forty-eight years ago as of tomorrow, or on 14 September 1969.
It’s very easy to forget all of the things PoCo Muse has helped preserve and promote in the last century (we turn 101 on September 24, in case you were wondering). This dedication stone is a good reminder of the importance to stay relevant or be forgotten.
Coolest bit of information about the church this stone now represents? It wasn’t torn down at this location. The congregation literally picked it up and moved it in 1857 – something I never thought was possible back then! Sure, far fewer electric/phone/cable/telegram lines back then (ok, so there were none), but still a tremendous fete in any day.
My question to you: do you know where this stone is located?
Kevin Matthew Pazour
Executive Director, Porter County Museum | Porter County Historian