Welcome to The Portage Community Historical Society

Portage Community Historical Society

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Portage Community Historical Society holds its meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month.

Mission Statement: To bring people together interested in learning about Portage Township history.

If you’d like to join, please attend one of our general meetings and ask a board member for more information. A year’s membership is only $20 for an individual and $50 for a family. For more information about joining the Society, please go to our Membership page.

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Remembering Alton Goin

Remembering Alton Goin

Remembering Alton Goin

ALTON GOIN, age 88, of Portage, passed away December 23, 2014 at VNA Hospice. He was born in Gary on March 16, 1926 to the late Finis Alton and Beatrice Goin. Alton served in the US Navy during WWII and was a member of the American Legion Post #260 in Portage. He married Patricia McGee on July 5, 1947 in Garyton. Alton worked in construction as a member of Bricklayers Union Local #6. He was involved in the community as an original member of the Portage Volunteer Fire Dept. and was also a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader. Most recently he was very active in the Portage Community Historical Society. Alton will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Patricia; 2 children, Karen (Roger) Butterfield of Portage and Kevin (Patricia) Goin of North Judson; 4 grandchildren, Roger (Tiffany) Butterfield of Portage, Nichole (Kevin) Reynolds of Zionsville, Christina (Michael) Davis of Griffith and Dawn (Kirk) Harbart of Portage; 9 great grandchildren, Dylan and Addison Butterfield of Portage, Arleen and Elaina Reynolds of Zionsville, Lucca and Remi Davis of Griffith and Clara, Gabriel and Lillian Harbart of Portage. Continue reading

2014 Installation Dinner November 19

Installation Dinner

The Portage Community Historical Society would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended the Installation dinner this evening. It was a great turn out, we had a great time!!!

Congratulations to our 2015 Board:

  • President: Valeria Roach
  • Vice President: Anne Koehler
  • Treasurer: Barbara Borg-Jenkins
  • Secretary: Donna Smith

Board of Directors: Eva Udick, Jim Franzen, Lois Mollick, Patti Coppess, Richard Turnak, Wanda Samuelson and Sue Cowsert. Al Goin–Honorary

We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to the Portage Department of Parks & Recreation for all their assistance today setting things up and breaking down tonight. We sincerely appreciate all the staff and all their dedication, exceptional work and help!!!

(L to R) --Taking their oath President: Valeria Roach Treasurer: Barbara Borg-Jenkins Vice President: Anne Koehler With Jenny at the microphone.

(L to R) –Taking their oath
President: Valeria Roach
Treasurer: Barbara Borg-Jenkins
Vice President: Anne Koehler
With Jenny at the microphone.

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy - discussing one of the oldest cemeteries in Portage and the James – Schrock Cemetery Memorial project. Fascinating story and splendid memorial. A brilliant addition to Portage's artifacts honoring our past.

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy – discussing one of the oldest cemeteries in Portage and the James – Schrock Cemetery Memorial project.
Fascinating story and splendid memorial. A brilliant addition to Portage’s artifacts honoring our past.

A really great patriotic song!!! Outstanding job.

A really great patriotic song!!! Outstanding job.

Children from Kyle School singing for the Historical Society and their parents. They did an amazing program with patriotic songs as well as 5 from the Disney movie "Frozen." BRAVO children, bravo!!!

Children from Kyle School singing for the Historical Society and their parents.
They did an amazing program with patriotic songs as well as 5 from the Disney movie “Frozen.”
BRAVO children, bravo!!!

Members watching a PowerPoint presentation.

Members watching a PowerPoint presentation.

Members in attendance.

Members in attendance.

Two recipients of Volunteer Appreciation awards.

Two recipients of Volunteer Appreciation awards.

 

2013 in Review

2013 WAS A BIG YEAR FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY! It marked the 25th Anniversary of the group’s founding! Here’s to 25 more!

Don’t forget to come out for the HISTORICAL FESTIVAL ON JUNE 21ST AT COUNTRYSIDE PARK from 10-5! There will be lots to see and enjoy. We’ll have grilled food, dessert, music, vendors, antique cars, hayrides, kids games, fishing derby, watermelon-eating contest, silent auction, museum displays, and more!

The Portage Community Historical Society is now on FACEBOOK! Join us for all the latest news on events and projects!

Welcome to the Historical Society’s website at RootsWeb, part of the Ancestry.com community. I’m glad you found us here. Thanks for stopping by!

Want a peek at the past? Check out all the great historical photos of Portage Township Pioneering Families on myfamily.com. Maybe you’ll see someone you know!