Keeping the Past Present
Beverly Shores is a unique town. The phases of its history include a presence of a number of Native American tribes, a development project to create a community by Frederick and Robert Bartlett, an effort by local citizens and Senator Douglas to prevent steel mills and a power plant from taking over the lakefront, a plan by the United States government to acquire the lakeshore and beyond, house by house, using eminent domain, and, today, the co-existence of the town with the Indiana Dunes National Park surrounding it.
The Museum is here to share this history and the town’s continued evolution with people who visit Beverly Shores. Many people in town have contributed their time and amazing talents to make this possible. The Museum provides a number of virtual and in-person exhibits designed to educate and entertain visitors.
Vibrant local history exhibits creatively engage, enrich, and commemorate our community. By showcasing the people, places, and events that played a critical role in shaping our past, we embrace our understanding of who we are now. Our well-attended Second Friday events, highlighting our history exhibits, and the meaningful Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day exhibits and commemorations contribute significantly to the social fabric of our community.
Now Featured at the Museum
Past Museum Exhibits
Disappearing beaches are not new to Beverly Shores; it's a pattern that has recurred ever since the land for the town was purchased by Fred Bartlett in 1929. From 1951 on,...
Beverly Shores History for the Asking
This oral history project explores the connections between past and present. A group of volunteers has interviewed former and current residents, painting an oral portrait of our community and preserving the rich experiences and memories of our Town. Those who follow in our footsteps will have an intimate glimpse into the events, large and small, that shaped our area.
Beverly Shores Heritage Trail
This walking tour of significant locations in our community reminds us of what has been created and contributed to this area in the Indiana Dunes. Trail Markers with QR codes link visitors, through their mobile devices, to our website materials explaining the significance of important places in our history. This project allows residents and visitors to experience the past in a new and meaningful way.