Miller Historical Society

Miller Historical Society Motto: Saving the history of Miller Beach from the shifting sands of time.
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Aetna Babe Ruth League, 1962.
08/25/2021

Aetna Babe Ruth League, 1962.

Aetna Babe Ruth League, 1962.

Build your own Sears Kit Home - Life in America
04/23/2021
Build your own Sears Kit Home - Life in America

Build your own Sears Kit Home - Life in America

A look back at the mail order kit homes you could buy through the Sears & Roebuck Catalog.--Please remember to ring the notification bell, so you will know w...

Everybody knows that behind Marquette Park Pavilion there are stairs that lead down right to the water of the lagoon. Fe...
03/13/2021

Everybody knows that behind Marquette Park Pavilion there are stairs that lead down right to the water of the lagoon. Few people realize that those steps used to lead to a Riverwalk area with benches, docks and canoes. Here are some images of what used to be:

From 1908 to around 1942, Sears sold "pre-cut" house kits by mail order through its catalog, containing most of the mate...
02/05/2021

From 1908 to around 1942, Sears sold "pre-cut" house kits by mail order through its catalog, containing most of the materials needed to build a house. The kits were shipped via railroad and it is estimated that 70,000 such homes were sold. Shown here is a home from the "Modern Home" series.

There's one of these gorgeous Sears homes at 6209 Miller Avenue in Downtown Miller Beach. (Photo shown in the comments below)

From 1908 to around 1942, Sears sold "pre-cut" house kits by mail order through its catalog, containing most of the materials needed to build a house. The kits were shipped via railroad and it is estimated that 70,000 such homes were sold. Shown here is a home from the "Modern Home" series.

There's one of these gorgeous Sears homes at 6209 Miller Avenue in Downtown Miller Beach. (Photo shown in the comments below)

Timeline Photos
12/31/2020

Timeline Photos

Lake Street Christmas Parade - Downtown Miller, 1970s. Notice the strand of Christmas lights strung across the street.

Miller Historical Society celebrates the life of a pillar of our community, Laura Jones, who passed away last week. Laur...
12/30/2020
Laura Jones talks about her school days in Miller

Miller Historical Society celebrates the life of a pillar of our community, Laura Jones, who passed away last week. Laura was a proud and active member of Chapel of the Dunes and a life-long resident of South Hancock Street in Downtown Miller for over 103 years!

Click on the link below to watch a video of Laura talking about her childhood in Miller during the 1920s. The video is from the Miller Historical Society's Oral History Project. https://youtu.be/ZCzoJKx9eEg

Memories of winters past!
12/30/2020

Memories of winters past!

Memories of winters past!

The Pedone girls snowman - 1966
12/30/2020

The Pedone girls snowman - 1966

The Pedone girls snowman - 1966

Great photos courtesy of Aetna native, Ron Mundy.
11/26/2020

Great photos courtesy of Aetna native, Ron Mundy.

Who knows what the Miller Theater building is now?
10/03/2020

Who knows what the Miller Theater building is now?

Architectural rendering of the Miller Theatre building - Erwin G. Fredrick, Architect.

We recently realized that many of our Facebook followers are unaware of the Miller Historical Society's website. Click t...
09/25/2020
MHS

We recently realized that many of our Facebook followers are unaware of the Miller Historical Society's website. Click the link below to have a look!

While you are there, be sure to explore the MHS Digital Archive!
If you send us Miller/Aetna or Gary related photos and/or newspaper clippings we can upload them to MHS Digital Archive! http://www.millerhistory.org/

Miller Historical Society (MHS) was founded on June 29, 2010. We are a completely volunteer, non-profit, community organization with the aim of preserving the rich heritage and fascinating history of the Miller Beach community. Miller Beach contains some of the most historically significant sites an...

Photos from Miller Girl Candle Co's post
09/16/2020

Photos from Miller Girl Candle Co's post

The Gard Gallery and Coffee Cellar was at 396 South Lake Street in Downtown Miller right at the Northwest corner of Lake...
09/10/2020

The Gard Gallery and Coffee Cellar was at 396 South Lake Street in Downtown Miller right at the Northwest corner of Lake and 4th Avenue. Many well-known folk singers from Chicago and artists from various other places performed at the Cellar and showed their work at the Gallery.
The menu is from the Coffee Cellar's opening in 1966. The photo is of the Old Town Singers from Chicago who often performed at the Coffee Cellar.

Both items courtesy of Rosemary Gard,
owner of both the Gard Gallery and The Coffee Cellar.

Thank you Paul Addison for sharing this!
09/05/2020
Gary Postcards

Thank you Paul Addison for sharing this!

64 new photos

Anyone ever had "City Chicken?" No, I'm not talking about Pigeons! 😁
09/03/2020
City Chicken Is Not Chicken

Anyone ever had "City Chicken?" No, I'm not talking about Pigeons! 😁

The Midwestern mock-poultry classic is fading away.

This is the original structure of William A. Wirt School, before many different additions were made to the building over...
09/02/2020

This is the original structure of William A. Wirt School, before many different additions were made to the building over the years. Thanks to Korey Shepard for sharing these!

Genealogy Resources
08/23/2020

Genealogy Resources

The owner of "Miller Girl Candle Company" is a born and raised native of Miller Beach. She is looking for ideas for new ...
08/21/2020
Miller Girl Candle Co

The owner of "Miller Girl Candle Company" is a born and raised native of Miller Beach. She is looking for ideas for new "Miller Related" scented candles.

If you could have a scented candle that smelled like something from your time growing up in Miller or Aetna what would the candle smell like and what would you call it?"

Disclaimer - Any ideas posted here might actually be used to make a candle! https://millergirlcandleco.com/

100% soy wax, grown and manufactured in the USA, mixed with premium fragrance oils and hand poured by a Miller Girl!

Who out there worked or shopped at Wilco?
08/19/2020

Who out there worked or shopped at Wilco?

Paving Lake Street for the first time, 1922.
08/08/2020

Paving Lake Street for the first time, 1922.

06/27/2020
Enchanted Forest commercial, Porter Indiana

Who remembers summertime fun at Enchanted Forest???

This is a very old commercial for a now defunct amusement Park I used to go to when I was very young. It was in Porter INdiana.

[Aetna Powder Mill, Aetna, Indiana, two smokestacks are prom
06/25/2020
[Aetna Powder Mill, Aetna, Indiana, two smokestacks are prom

[Aetna Powder Mill, Aetna, Indiana, two smokestacks are prom

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More Great Miller History from, Steve Spicer!
04/16/2020
The 'Squeeze Inn' and the Tau Omega Tau Sigma Sorority

More Great Miller History from, Steve Spicer!

Many houses along Miller's beach got their start as 'getaway' cabins. This is the story of one such cabin started by a bunch of girls from Maywood and Forest Park, Illinois.

04/15/2020
Indiana Humanities

Wonderful film!

By: Pat Wisniewski and Tom Desch

Trace one man’s journey from sundown to sunrise as he and his family integrate an all-white Indiana town in 1968. By breaking the color barrier, they also helped transform the town and place it on a trajectory of inclusion.

In this film, you’ll hear the use of racial epithets as people recall incidents from their past. These slurs are not censored and of course may be very difficult for you to hear. Thank you for your generosity of spirit as you listen and participate in the online watch parties.

Learn more about the INseparable Films here: https://www.inseparablefilms.org

More excellent work by Miller resident, Steve Spicer!
03/24/2020
1938 Photos in Miller Beach

More excellent work by Miller resident, Steve Spicer!

52 Photos taken in Miller Beach in 1938 in three 'Road Shows'

"Mrs Daisy's Garden - 615 Van Buren - July 15th, 1918"Gary, Indiana 102 Years ago!
02/21/2020

"Mrs Daisy's Garden - 615 Van Buren - July 15th, 1918"
Gary, Indiana 102 Years ago!

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Was there a hermit who lived near Lake Street of Marquette Park? This would have been up til the 60s.
A new offering to Miller Beach history:
Looking South from the bank parking lot. Rocket can be seen and Box of Chicken was still there. This somewhere 80-83.
Born in Gary. Lived in Miller from 1971-1976. Many fond memories of the beach and Marquette park. Remember buying toys at Miller drug store.
That's me in the green. circa 1973. :-)
Marquette Elementary - Mrs. Simmons' Kindergarten class - 1975 Halloween Party
A new contribution to the history of Miller Beach.
Wirt-Emerson is on the chopping block. Be ready for it.
Anyone know where Larson's Pond was? Evidently a skating pond in the winter.
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