Celebrating Gary's History and Ethnic Diversity
"Sharing Our Ethnic History and Cultures" is an annual GHCS event, co-sponsored by The Gary Public Library.
Citizens come from Gary and throughout the region and the country to pay tribute to the unique ethnic history of Gary,
Indiana - the only American city built on a pile of sand by over 45 ethnic groups. This celebration is held in October.
The Gary Land Company is Gary, Indiana's "first" building (1906-2006) and is on the National Register
of Historic Places. It was restored in 2006, and is once again a downtown Gary history museum and visitor's center. Since
1984, the Gary Historical & Cultural Society had maintained it as a museum and visitor's
center for Gary. But in recent years, it had fallen into disrepair. Then in 2006, an awesome array of community supporters,
such as our mayor, city officials, firemen, GHCS volunteers, and area contractors, painters, apprentices, U.S. Steel, the
centennial committee and so many others restored the building for future generations. A dedication was held
in July 2006. Many thanks - also - to our city historian and GHCS Founder/CEO, Mrs. Dolly Millender, for
never giving up until the building once again became a "city treasure" !
The GHCS "Christmas Season Dinner-Concerts" began in 1986. Featuring the holiday music of the Gary
Civic Symphony and the dinner music of the Ron PIckett Jazz Ensemble, this annual event is
hailed as our "season's opener" by the sell-out crowds which attend each year.