By Jan Erdahl, Museum Director

In the 1960’s a wonderful thing was “invented”…leisure time. Applying all the science and technology developed to support the war effort for domestic uses gave us microwaves, vacuum cleaners, and a host of other electric appliances to lighten the burden of the housewife. Suddenly the overburdened mom had some free time. This resulted in a host of clubs and groups springing up.
If YOU have free time and are looking for some interesting things to do, the Museum has a number of upcoming events to offer. Mark your calendars for these don’t miss activities!
June 8-August 1: Summer enrichment classes for preschool through middle school students ranging from birds and butterflies to painting to macramé to dance. Visit our website at for class descriptions, stop by the Museum for a registration form, or watch next week’s Progress Review for a complete listing of the classes.
June 9-11: Buy some ice cream or any of Tootsie’s other delicious menu items and help your local museum. Tootsie’s will donate 10% of their total sales over these dates to support the educational programming at the Museum. THANKS TO TOOTSIE’S FOR THEIR CONTINUING SUPPORT!
June 12-18: Iowa Museum Week. Iowa’s museums play a crucial role in preserving the historical fabric, natural resources, identity, and memory of our state through the careful stewardship of art, artifacts, archives, the built environment, flora, fauna and historical sites. Stop in and help us celebrate this important week.
June 18: Festival of Trails Open 11AM-2PM. FREE ADMISSION. Join us for the Iowa State University’s Traveling Insect Zoo! Sponsored by the La Porte City Council on Aging, the ISU Bug Zoo will let you touch all those creepy, crawly things that go bump in the night! Learn about the insects that live in the world around us. Hissing cockroaches, spiders, scorpions and tarantulas are just a few of the critters that will be waiting for visitors to hold. Learn about the importance of bugs in the world around us. This traveling insect zoo is not to be missed! A great way to encourage kids to get up and explore the world around them.
June 25: Country Charm Garden Walk, 12-4PM Get your summer sizzling! Whether you are an avid gardener looking for new ideas or you simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of a well-tended space, our garden walk promises to get your senses sizzling. It will feature four gardens brimming with country charm and inspiration, plus our newest nursery, Escapes Landscaping and Design. Funky Monkey will also so join us with their metal artwork. Don’t miss our special garden shop that will hold many one of a kind pieces of garden art plus bargains galore!
July-Oct: Family Fun Days Take time the fourth Sunday of each month from 2-5PM to celebrate family and join us for some good old fashion fun! Watch our website and the Progress Review for more details to come.
Sept. 7: Girl’s Night Out Wine, women and wonderful food. Grab a friend for a great night out. This always proves to be a sellout. Get your tickets early.
Annual FFA Pancake Breakfast in November. Thanks to the FFA students for their continued support of the Museum. Come enjoy a great breakfast and support the Museum. Watch for more details to come.
Stop by and see us soon!