Highland, IN Historical Society

Highland, IN Historical Society The Highland Historical Society "Preserving The Past For The Future"To order Calendars and Pictorial History Books, see post on the wall or go to the photo albums for details and order forms questions?

email us at: [email protected] Our mailing address is:
The Highland Historical Society
c/o Lincoln Center
2450 Lincoln Street
Highland, IN 46322
email: [email protected]

email us at: [email protected] Our mailing address is:
The Highland Historical Society
c/o Lincoln Center
2450 Lincoln Street
Highland, IN 46322
email: [email protected]

Operating as usual

Photos from American Legion Post 180's post

Photos from American Legion Post 180's post


Hey Everyone, Come out and take a walk around Downtown Highland!! We have most of our Hometown Hero Banners up for everyone! Highland also has their Restaurant Crawl tonight from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.
Have a great night!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸


Hi Everyone, It’s time to collect all the Hometown Heroes Banners so we can put them back up!
Please drop your banners off at
Highland Public Works
8001 Kennedy Avenue-Highland
Monday through Friday 7:30-4:00
We can’t wait to proudly display your HEROES banner!!
Thank you,
Sandy, Janet, Lydia, Beth

Photos from Greenways & Blueways of Northwest Indiana's post

Photos from Greenways & Blueways of Northwest Indiana's post

Our condolences to the entire Rogers family on the loss of George.  George Rogers was a former long time board member of...
Obituary for George "Bucko" J Rogers | Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center

Our condolences to the entire Rogers family on the loss of George. George Rogers was a former long time board member of The Highland Historical Society and very active for many years tending the museum and many years were spent in charge of and manning the annual 4th of July Festival booth. George's love of Highland and its history were apparent by all who encounterd him and loved his stories, humor and knowledge. He will be greatly missed. Thank you George for all the years of devotion to the Society! Rest in peace Bucko!

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We would like to list some important phone numbers for our residents to use when they need to contact our office or other Town of Highland Departments.

For emergencies, always dial 911.
For non-emergencies requiring a police officer to respond to you please
call 219.660.0000.
Highland Police Department Records Department and Police Administration: 219.838.3184

You may pick up copies of accident reports or other police reports at the police department. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve you.

Vehicle title checks are completed Monday through Saturday from 9am to Noon at the police department.

Highland Town Hall: 219.838.1080
Highland Public Works Department: 219.972.5083
Highland Building and Inspections Department: 219.972.7595
Highland Parks Department at Lincoln Center: 219.838.0114
Highland Central Fire Station: 219.923.9876

Scheeringa Farms & Greenhouses LLC

Scheeringa Farms & Greenhouses LLC

Don’t forget everyone, tomorrow is Customer Appreciation Day!!! There will be a lot of fun things to do with the whole family on the farm. Take a Hayride, have a donut, feed the animals, enter into the costume parade, grab a bite to eat or just sit and listen to “I’m with Frank” play some amazing energetic music for us from 12-3! It is suppose to be perfect fall weather so come out and enjoy the day at the farm! Hope to see y’all there! 😃🍩🦆🐴🐄🍔🌭🎼


Due to the continuing Covid situation, it has been decided that we WILL NOT hold our program meeting as previously scheduled for October 22nd. It would be rather difficult to hold a meeting indoors and maintain proper distancing. Having to wear masks, especially for a guest speaker would not be easy either. We will hope that 2021 will be a better year! Please stay safe and healthy Everyone. To our members reading this, I will get something out in the mail soon. Thank you.

Highland Police Department

Highland Police Department

Should the ramp closures be necessary, INDOT will make a release at that time. It is hoped that the ramps will not need to be closed. Please follow INDOT Northwest Indiana page for further.

Press Release

Traffic Alert / Road Closures

There is a protest being planned along I80/94 between Calumet Avenue and Kennedy Avenue. Whether this protest occurs or not, INDOT will be closing all ramps at the intersections of Calumet Avenue, Indianapolis Blvd., and Kennedy Avenue. This will be for ramps in ALL directions. This planned closure is set for 3pm today. It is unknown at this time when INDOT will then reopen the ramps.
Illinois D.O.T. is also closing many ramps along the interstate near the state line.

As a further precaution, Kennedy Avenue will be closed for both northbound and southbound traffic at the Little Calumet River. Kennedy will be closed until further notice. We will send out another message when Kennedy Avenue opens at the Little Calumet River.
Parking will also be barricaded at the old Coach USA lot as well as along other vacant parking lots in that area as well as empty parking lots along north Kennedy Avenue.

We just wish to make businesses and residents aware of the road and ramp closures. Munster is also closing Calumet Avenue for northbound and southbound traffic at the Little Calumet River and that closure is until further notice.

Munster Police Department

Munster Police Department

MUNSTER MAJOR ROAD CLOSURE: Please be advised that Northbound and Southbound Calumet Avenue at the Little Calumet River Bridge will be closed for public safety due to the expected protest at Calumet Avenue and the Expressway. This road closure will remain until further notice. An update will be sent out when traffic can resume.

Highland Parks and Recreation Department

Highland Parks and Recreation Department

Highland Hometown Heroes

Highland Hometown Heroes

Memorial Day is a time to honor those men and women who passed in the line of duty. While some of our heroes are still with us we would like to honor them as well. As you stroll or drive through our cute town look up and thank the great men and women who honorably put their lives on the line of this great nation.
It has been a pleasure to honor all of our heroes and meet the amazing family members.
To all the amazing men and women that have served we thank you!

Sandy McKnight
Janet Foster
Lydia Lopez
Beth Gericke

Highland Police Department

Highland Police Department

IN MEMORY: Lloyd Blissmer, 1942-2020

It is with a heavy heart that the Highland Police Department announces that Highland VIPS member Lloyd Blissmer passed away on May 19, 2020. Lloyd was one of the original members of the Highland VIPS (Volunteers in Police Services) from when the VIPS group was founded back in 2005. He joined the VIPS when applicants were sought from those residents who had recently attended our first Citizen’s Police Academy. Lloyd and his wife Linda (also a VIPS member) have been proud Highland residents since 1988. Over the last 15 years, Lloyd had volunteered thousands of hours while working as a member of the VIPS. Lloyd, along with the other VIPS, are an important part of the Highland Police Department and the Town of Highland. VIPS are unpaid volunteers and are priceless. VIPS come out when called in the middle of the night to direct traffic at the scene of accidents, direct traffic at Highland’s parades and fireworks shows, provide extra patrols in our neighborhoods and in our parks, assist stranded motorists, wait for tow trucks at accident scenes, perform funeral escorts, assist Animal Control, as well as helping with many other tasks they are asked to assist with. Through the years, Lloyd assisted with providing traffic control to help protect our police officers and firefighters while they were on the scenes of many big events for Highland, such as tragic traffic accidents, house fires, and apartment fires. He always came out willing to help. Many times, he was there before we even called him for assistance because he was always listening to his VIPS radio.
Today, members of the Highland Police Department, the Highland VIPS, and the Highland Fire Department went to the Blissmer’s house to express our condolences and show our support to Linda Blissmer. We also presented her with an American Flag, as Lloyd was a proud veteran of the United States Army. Funeral services will be private and are being handled by Hillside Funeral Home. In lieu of any flowers, those wishing to make any donations are asked to make them to Humane Indiana in memory of Lloyd.
We know very well that the members of the Highland VIPS are going to greatly miss Lloyd, as the VIPS members are a very close knit group. We ask that you keep Lloyd’s wife Linda in your prayers as she deals with the loss of her husband.

Lloyd was not only a VIPS member, he was a friend to everyone in Highland and was a true public servant. Most of all, Lloyd was FAMILY to all of us at Highland PD.
We are going to miss you Lloyd!
Rest in peace….

Highland Police Department

Highland Police Department

Today begins National Police Week which runs from May 10 through May 16. This week recognizes all of the police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities. Please keep the families of these heroes in your prayers. Remember, they were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who went to work one day and never returned back home to their families. Please make sure we never forget them.
Here in Highland, we continue to honor and respect the memories of Officers Donald R. Sheppard and Robert J. Markley. Both were Highland Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty while proudly serving the citizens of Highland. Officer Sheppard was killed in a gun battle with an escaped felon on November 12, 1971. Officer Markley was struck and killed by a drunk driver on March 10, 1978 while directing traffic as the scene of a hijacking. Sheppard Park and Markley Park in Highland are named in memory of each officer.
Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers during this memorial week.


The Highland Historical Society's May program meeting is cancelled. We were scheduled to meet on May 21st. Our board decided that it would be too soon for all concerned to be gathered in a room where depending on the amount of people, might be difficult to maintain distancing spacing. Stay healthy everyone! In regards to the museum, we are not sure at this time when we will reopen. Lincoln Center is still closed at this time. We will base it on their reopening and how comfortable our volunteers feel about sitting the museum.

Indiana Historical Bureau

Indiana Historical Bureau

On April 11, 1970, Lance Corporal Emilio De La Garza lost his life trying to save his squad from enemy fire. The East Chicago native served as a machine gunner during the Vietnam War. On the day he died, he and his squad were searching for enemy soldiers. De La Garza located one of the Viet Cong, and while trying to remove the enemy soldier, witnessed him pull the pin on a gr***de. De La Garza placed himself between the blast and his comrades. He sacrificed his life to save theirs.

For his heroic actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. De La Garza was one of only two Hoosiers so honored for actions in Vietnam.

Learn more about De La Garza here: https://bit.ly/39OzCkB

The image below is courtesy of Marine Medals.

Miles Books

Miles Books

Miles Book is taking phone orders from 10am to 9m daily. Call 1-219-838-8700 to speak to a real live person (mc/v/ax/debit). What we don't have we can order. Save 50% on Every 2nd Book ordered. We are doing private appointments as well. Miles Books 2819 Jewett Ave. Highland. Store pickup or local delivery available.

Highland Police Department

Highland Police Department

We would like to share some tips from FBI.gov to protect yourself from scams during the COVID-19 Virus pandemic.


Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:
Fake CDC Emails.
Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.
Phishing Emails.
Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:
• Charitable contributions
• General financial relief
• Airline carrier refunds
• Fake cures and vaccines
• Fake testing kits
Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment.
Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.
If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.
The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:
• Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don't recognize.
• Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
• Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
• Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a ".gov" ends in .com" instead).
If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Indiana Historical Bureau

Indiana Historical Bureau

When a statewide quarantine was announced in the fall of 1918 due to the Spanish Influenza, Hoosiers reacted with a mixture of denial, anxiety about health and finances, and boredom. They coped with quarantine in many of the ways we are-worshiping from home, eating (so much eating). But without the World Wide Web at their fingertips, how did Hoosiers pass the time during weeks of isolation?

Find out with our new #IndianaHistoryBlog post: https://bit.ly/2ylUpyR

Highland Parks and Recreation Department

Highland Parks and Recreation Department

Looking for something fun for the kids to do while stuck at home?

We present: a Kids Coloring Contest - Color a Park!

Please submit pictures of the colored park from this post by emailing it to [email protected] with the child's name and age. Only one submission per child, please. Submissions are due by noon on Friday, April 3. If you don't have access to a printer, a colorful drawing of a park scene will do!

Submitted pictures will be posted here on Facebook for followers to help us vote on!

Winners of each age group (ages 3-5 and ages 6-9) will receive a coupon for a free McDonald's dessert and have their artwork displayed in the Lincoln Community Center lobby for a month upon reopening!

We are working on a variety of online engagement activities to post during this mandated closure so stay tuned!


2450 Lincoln St
Griffith, IN

General information

To become a member of The Highland Historical Society you may email [email protected] and as for a form to be sent to you. Individual membership is $10.00 per year, Contributing member $12.00 per yr. Business/professional $15.00 per year and Sustaining member $25.00 per year. We publish a newsletter 3 times per year and hold 3 general program meetings on the 4th Thursdays of February, May and October.

Opening Hours

10am - 12pm


+1 219-747-2031


Pictorial History of Highland, Indiana, Part One and Part Two are available for $12.50 each book.

Centennial calendar "Reflections", celebrating a century of Highland, IN 1910-2010 are available for $1.00 each

See order forms and infomation on the wall and in the photos.

For Centennial info and events, visit the town's website:
click on the centennial logo.
Also visit the LINKS tab on the town's site for more Highland and Lake County sites.

Highland Chamber of Commerce


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Oh god...Moderated post...Please!
Here in NWI we must tear every building down that is 30 to 50 years old! S**t, I was at a friends house in the UK and he says to me...My house is 500 years old. We can sort things. Fu***ng morons running s**t here.
Anyone out there have a good color photo of Highland's main street at night during Christmas when they used to string garland and lights across the street?
This is from my union president. So sad. I’m at the retirement age but for all the young teachers just starting or my daughter the career will it be as lucrative. The school voucher system proposed by Education secretary Betsy DeVos does not mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It means the public education program will be dismantled. If your child has an IEP (individual education plan for students with special needs), kiss it goodbye. If you have a job in special-education, if you're a special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, a teacher's aid, or an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, you'll go first. House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation's educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities: -Ensures access to the general education curriculum. -Ensures access to accommodations on assessments. -Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning. -Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups. -Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion). Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps. PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common.