Selling the Dream: Bartletts’ Beverly Shores
On June 24, 2017, the PoCo Muse unveiled the first installment of the Beverly Shores Stories Project. The new exhibit, Selling the Dream: Bartletts’ Beverly Shores, tells just one piece of the Beverly Shores story. The Bartlett brothers envisioned a lakeshore resort community in the Indiana Dunes, with both the look and amenities offered by the resorts of Florida and California. However, the Bartletts’ development was accessible to upwardly mobile Chicagoans by way of the new South Shore Line. Despite their marketing efforts, such as bringing sixteen homes from the 1933-1934 World’s Fair to Beverly Shores, their plans were never realized.
The Bartlett brothers may have founded Beverly Shores, but the struggles and successes of the residents they left behind reveal the character of the community today. The second installment of the Beverly Shores Stories project, an exhibit at the Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery opening July, 2017, tells a comprehensive history of this unique shoreline community. Featuring audio interviews with residents past and present, the Beverly Shores Stories Project exhibit highlights the culture, architecture, and environment of Beverly Shores that makes the area one of Porter County’s most unique communities.
This project would not have been possible without the Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery for providing access to archives and Beverly Shores residents for sharing their memories of their community. Finally, this exhibit is also made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with the private support of donors .
Join us Friday, July 14, 2017, from 5-7p as we unveil the second exhibit in the series at the Depot Museum and Art Gallery located at 525 Broadway in Beverly Shores, IN, 46301.