On December 5, 1780, British and American forces fought a battle at Petit Fort in the Indiana Dunes. Near the current State Park Pavilion, American forces led by Lt. Thomas Brady and Capt. Jean Baptiste Hamelin were defeated by British forces and their Potawatomi allies.
In honor of this local battle of the American Revolution, and Indiana’s Bicentennial, a new South Shore poster by artist Connie Kassal has been commissioned. On June 2, 2016 at 5:30p, join the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution, along with descendents of those on both sides of the battle and historians to learn more about this interesting event from Porter County’s history. After the program, get a first look at this new South Shore poster, “The Battle of the Dunes.”
After the poster unveiling, visit the Memorial Opera House to hear the Voyageur Ancient Fife and Drum Corps of Lafayette, IN play music of the American Revolution.
This reception is free and open to the public. The Porter County Museum and the Memorial Opera House are located at the corner of Franklin St. and Indiana Ave. in downtown Valparaiso. Visit www.pocomuse.org for more info.
The “Battle of the Dunes” South Shore Poster is endorsed as a Bicentennial Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.