The Old Lighthouse Museum Events

Light Keeper Harriet Colfax Month - July 2nd - July 31st

Harriet Colfax came to the 1858 Lighthouse in 1861 and served faithfully until her retirement in 1904. Learn more about this Great Lakes legend the whole month of July. The Michigan City Historical Society commissioned a color portrait of Harriet by local artist Wendy Wilcox Kermen. Come and view the portrait and enjoy the historic museum and don't forget the gift shop.

Old Lighthouse Museum S.S. Eastland Memorial - July 27th 11:00am - 4:00pm CST

At 11:00am CST, the 104th Anniversary Memorial of the S.S. Eastland will commence. Station Michigan City Coast Guard will place a wreath in Trail Creek where Indiana Transpotations dock was located. Father Lev of the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will say memorial prayers. Speakers will tell the horrific story of the Eastland tragedy. WEFM 95.9 live radio will be at the museum from 9:00am - noon. The museum will be open free of charge from noon - 4:00pm CST.

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First Fridays at the Old Lighthouse Museum

The Old Lighthouse Museum and gift shop will be open on every first Friday of the month from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST weather permitting. Visit our Facebook page for updates. Come and visit The Old Lighthouse Museum and gift shop. In the museum's ships store: miniture lighthouse models, great selection of museum clothing, stunning photographs, books, ornaments and miscellaneous museum collectables. No admission fee during First Friday Events.

Chicago's WTTW recently broadcast "Chicago on Vacation" hosted by Geoffrey Baer

"Chicago on Vacation" highhlights Geoffrey Baer's vacation travels including a stop in Michigan City, IN at The Authorized Michigan City Historical Society Inc Old Lighthouse Museum. Geoffrey's program included the Eastland Disaster Memorial that was dedicated in 2015 for the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. The 2.5-minute video clip is nicely done. Hopefully it will trigger a desire in you to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum this year.

For Sale

Banquet tables:

1- 30" X 96"

4- 30" X 72"

2- 30" X 60"

We also have a bonus of three folding chairs with orange seats! All for $125.00. Call Museum for more information. Leave a message. Thank you.

New Giftshop Item

We now have a 2019 Calendar of yesteryear black and white pictures of Michigan City. The photos were chosen from the private collection of local writer and historian Matt Werner. The Calendar has been discounted at the Old Lighthouse Museum gift shop for $10.00. Come get one while they last. The pictures are worth the price alone.Please call 219-872-6133 for more information if no one answers please leave a message.

The Old Lighthouse Museum Exterior Restoration

Pictures of the restoration

The Old Lighthouse Museum
Michigan City Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 512
Michigan City, IN 46361
(219) 872-6133
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Updated July 13, 2019

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