Press Release              Event Date:  August14, 2017


For further information contact Mary Chrastil, 260-982-0672



The NM Historical Society Presents Program on the Indiana Dunes


The North Manchester Historical Society’s August program presents the video Shifting Sands:  On the Path to Sustainability.  The 2016 video was produced in collaboration with Lakeshore Public Television and has been shown on Public Television stations in Northwest Indiana. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14. 

Shifting Sands tells the story of how the region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park; a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with world-wide impact.  The collision of a globally rare environment with the industrial giants that built our nation became a microcosm for one of the most pressing issues of our time:  sustainability.

According to NM Historical Society President Mary Chrastil, the Indiana Dunes are a exceptional environment with an incredible range of biological diversity.  “I grew up in Gary; we visited the dunes all the time and took them for granted.  I know people from Wabash County also love the dunes.  What I didn’t realize was that the dunes are an amazing and uncommon environment that attract people from all over the world.  And I wasn’t aware enough about the battles being fought for their control.”


The program is open to the public at no cost and will be enjoyable for audiences of all ages.  Come to see this quality production and learn more about a precious natural phenomenon practically in our back yard.