Visit the PoCo Muse on Thursday, April 6 at 7p to hear from Kenneth J. Schoon, Professor Emeritus of Science Education, Indiana University Northwest. Schoon’s presentation, “Duneland Dynamics” integrates dozens of colorful scenes of today’s Indiana Dunes along with a description of their ecological importance and stories from yesteryear. Topics include fur trading and a small French “fort,” our Revolutionary War skirmish, hermits, developers and scams, railroads and Lincolns’ Duneland funeral, research and the birth of American ecology, efforts to save the dunes amid efforts to industrialize, flying, fishing, residing, and restoration.
After the program, copies of Dr. Schoon’s new book, Dreams of Duneland, will be available for purchase.
About Dr. Schoon:
Dr. Kenneth J. Schoon is a professor emeritus of science education at Indiana University Northwest. He has an A.B. in geology and an M.S. in secondary education both from Indiana University Bloomington and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago. At IUN he has earned several teaching awards and from January of 1999 to his (semi) retirement in 2011, he served the School of Education as Associate Dean.
Dr. Schoon is a founding board member and past president of the Dunes Learning Center. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, on the board of the Munster Education Foundation, and serves on the planning team for the IU Northwest Science Olympiad tournament.
His other books include, Calumet Beginnings, released in 2003, now in its sixth printing. City Trees, and Shifting Sands: The Restoration of the Calumet Area.