School Tours

We look forward to booking your group tour! Tours can be arranged for your field trip or homeschool group anytime by appointment from late April through October. Please schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance. Large classes will be divided into five groups of 5-7 students. We require one chaperone for each small group of students. Payment is due upon arrival. Contact us with questions 219.390.9423 or

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Special group tours not affiliated with schools, such as nursing homes, out-of-town visitors, senior centers, and social clubs, are available by appointment. Please submit a Group Tour Request at least one week in advance.

Hands On! Educational Trunks

CLHA is excited to bring history and science to the community with our Hands On! Educational Trunks. Designed for schools, youth groups, home schoolers, and even seniors, each trunk provides lesson facilitators what they need to bring a local touch to programs and lessons.Choose from 3 themes:

  • Lake of the Red Cedars (History/Humanities): explores the history of Cedar Lake from the days of the Ice Age through the middle of the 20th Century.
  • On the Banks of Cedar Lake (STEM/Science): explores the ecology of Cedar Lake and the impact humans have had on the lake itself.
  • As Days Go By (Senior/Memory): designed to program and education coordinators for senior homes and groups.

Each trunk includes a lesson supplement book, an activity and prompts book, artifacts from the CHLA collections, supplemental books, and digital resources. Trunks are available to rent in weekly installments, with a limit of three consecutive weeks during the same rental period. To rent one or more trunk, contact us at 219.390.9423 or

Archived Resources

John Hodson of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society kicked off our 2014 season with a fascinating presentation on the KVHS archaeological project in March. The Collier Lodge site, also known as Baum’s Bridge, is located on the southern border of Porter County, Indiana on the northern edge of the former Kankakee Marsh. Read more on the KVHS website and view informative KVHS YouTube videos.

Diane Sprehe presented an outstanding genealogy program at our September 2013 meeting. She has made her handout full of valuable links and resources available for everyone wishing to get started on building a family tree. Thank you Diane!
> Download Handout