Virtual talk features two homes in Indiana Dunes National Park

Two couples share their experiences revitalizing two historic homes with starkly contrasting origins and styles

During Indiana Landmarks’ online Logs to Lustrons Talk on May 20, two couples share their experiences revitalizing two homes in Indiana Dunes National Park with starkly contrasting origins and styles: a nineteenth-century log structure and a post-World War II enameled-steel Lustron house.

Pat and Mike Shymanski will showcase their restoration of the Oscar & Irene Nelson House, originally built as a post-Civil War log cabin, and Laurie and Steve Snell will discuss how they disassembled, moved, and restored the all-steel, prefabricated Jacob Lustron home.

Todd Zeiger, director of Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office, will also share an overview of architecture throughout the park and lead a Q&A session during the online event.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (later Indiana Dunes National Park) was established in 1966. Later, the National Park Service acquired structures within the park boundaries, including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress homes and several other historic houses. Indiana Landmarks is working with the National Park Service to advocate for preservation of historic park structures.

Virtual Logs to Lustrons Talk

WHAT: Online talk featuring two historic homes – one nineteenth-century house and one 1950s Lustron home – in Indiana Dunes National Park

WHEN: May 20, 7 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Online

COST: $7 per person; free for Indiana Landmarks members

RSVP:, or by calling 317-639-4534.

WHO: Hosted by Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Dunes National Park

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Media contact:

Brad Miller, Director, Indiana Landmarks Northwest Field Office, 219-947-2657,

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Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534, or visit

Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year. For more information, go to

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