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Campfires: Chellberg Farmhouse (Indiana Dunes National Park)

Join us for the first of two Campfires treks at Indiana Dunes National Park this summer, featuring visits to the park’s historic settlements.

July 13
9:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Chellberg Farmhouse
709-747 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304 United States

Event Details

We’ll start this Campfires program at the Chellberg Farmhouse near the town of Porter in the Indiana Dunes National Park. At the Chellberg Farmhouse, we’ll learn the story of the Swedish-American family that settled the farm in the late 1800s. We’ll then walk to the Bailly Homestead, established by French-Canadian fur trader Joseph Bailly in the 1830s. The homestead, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark, features a main house with late-19th-century architectural detail, rustic log and brick structures and an unusual family cemetery. As we travel between the two sites, we’ll explore the surrounding environment unique to Indiana Dunes National Park.

The trek will be co-led by a Hoosier humanities scholar as well as a ranger from the park. In addition to exploring the two historic sites, we’ll stop to read short works by nature writers. The trek will conclude with a shared discussion around a campfire.

Please note that while this program is free as part of a special partnership with Indiana Dunes National Park, you’ll need to pay admission to the park. For information about park fees, visit the Indiana Dunes National Park website.

WHERE: Chellberg Farmnouse (Indiana Dunes National Park)

WHEN: July 13, 2024, 9 –11 a.m. CDT


TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate


  • A limited number of free tickets are available based on need; please contact Sam Opsahl at sopsahl@indianahumanities.org.
  • Depending on the weather, some trails may be wet, so wear shoes that can handle the mud.
  • Please bring a reuseable water bottle to take with you on the outing.
  • We’ll send a final confirmation two days before the event with driving and parking instructions and any other updates.
  • In case of inclement weather, Indiana Humanities will cancel the event and alert you via email at least two hours prior to the event start time. If the event is canceled, we’ll offer a refund or a ticket to another Campfires event of your choice.
  • This event is designed for ages 12 and older.
  • Refunds are not available after 72 hours in advance (unless Indiana Humanities cancels the event).


Indiana Humanities’ award-winning Campfires program pairs nature and literature to spark conversations about Indiana’s future. Something about the combination of wild places, great writing and a warm campfire gets Hoosiers talking in fresh and surprising ways about the world around us and our place in it.


Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.


Stretching along 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Park offers an incredible diversity of habitats and visitor experiences. Beyond the sandy beaches, visitors can explore rugged dunes, quiet forests and tranquil wetlands along 50 miles of hiking trails. World-class birding and over 1,100 native plant species makes this 15,000 acre park among the most biologically rich in the nation.

Indiana Humanities will make reasonable modifications to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs. If you need an accommodation, please email Sam Opsahl at sopsahl@indianahumanities.org.

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