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Nancy Coltun Webster

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Presidential visits bring out the crowds in NWI history

In an era when appearances by the president are a click of a mouse or a click of a channel away, there have been times when the nation's top elected official has appeared in person in Lake and Porter counties. On Presidents Day, a few of the more memorable appearances have become important footnotes to local and even U.S. history.
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'67 blizzard marks snowy 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago today, Ken Scheeringa was a 14-year-old kid from Highland who was learning a bit about weather in his science class at the Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill. That day, Jan. 26, 1967, he was about to learn a lot about snow. "I got so hooked on that, I set up my own weather station in my back yard," said Scheeringa, the associate state climatologist for the Indiana State Climate Office in the Agronomy Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
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War changed Christmas in 1941

Clouds of war were gathering as the U.S. prepared for Christmas in 1941.
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Activist: 'We are living in perilous times'

Getting a warning about society's path from a man who spent the tumultuous 1960s fighting for racial equality made some take notice Wednesday. "We are living in perilous times," Finley C. Campbell said. "The world seems to have lost its way. We don't feel part of things greater than ourselves." Campbell, 83, a co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Unity Action Caucus, was giving a lecture, "Chains of Iron Silk: The Nature of Neo-Racism" at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond.
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Christmas letters from a Navy gunship, 1945: 'Love has kept me going'

Editor's Note: It was a watershed Christmas. With World War II finally over, and the Great Depression in its rearview mirror, America was wrapped in hope that December of 1945. After years of sacrifice and deprivation, of loss and fear, at last the nation could embrace the promise of happier days.
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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Merle Berdine was drinking a cup of coffee with some army buddies at Hickam Field at Fort Kamehameha when 300 Japanese bombers began dropping bombs on Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack, which claimed 2,400 lives on the Hawaii base and propelled the United States into World War II, is a story his daughter, Merri Loker, knows well.
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Documentary, witnesses recall role of Black Panthers

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, a featured documentary presentation in the 5th annual Gary International Black Film Festival recalls a tumultuous era in the United States that still strikes a chord with some of those who lived it. The black and white images remain of Huey P.
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Grant earmarked to help preserve Cedar Lake history

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Lake family's roots stretch back to beginning of county

Editor's note: On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state in the Union. On Jan. 28, 1836, Porter County was created. A year later, on Jan. 18, Lake County became independent. As the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Post-Tribune will be taking a regular look back at the history of Northwest Indiana.
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DOC 200 helps students learn good citizenship

Editor's note: On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state in the Union. On Jan. 28, 1836, Porter County was created. A year later, on Jan. 18, Lake County became independent. As the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Post-Tribune will be taking a regular look back at the history of Northwest Indiana.
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Award winner not your traditional historian

Ken Schoon opens the door to his small office on the third floor of the Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest and says he's "absolutely flabbergasted" to have won the 2016 Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award. The award will be presented during the Founders Day dinner and awards banquet Dec. 5 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis.
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Opera House closes in on 125th anniversary

Editor's note: On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state in the Union. On Jan. 28, 1836, Porter County was created. A year later, on Jan. 18, Lake County became independent. As the state celebrates its bicentennial, the Post-Tribune will be taking a regular look back at the history of Northwest Indiana.
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About

Nancy Coltun Webster is a professional journalist and graphic designer from the Chicago metropolitan area. Most recently, she has been writing local features and taking photos for the Post-Tribune.
Nancy works as a digital assets content manager, writing and editing copy and customizing web graphics. Past clients include non-profit organizations -- the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana and Esophageal Cancer Action Network. Nancy also was Deputy Special Reports Editor for Advertising Age in Chicago from 1998 to 2001.

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