Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast
Local History Comes Alive through Conversations
Historical Society serves up an Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast
with stories of the Kankakee
Kouts, Ind. – Preservation of Kankakee Valley history and the national landmark, the Collier Lodge Site at Baum’s Bridge, advance through grants and fundraising.
The Kankakee Valley Historical Society is making progress on preserving historical structures and local stories through three grants received this year. The grants are the Porter County Community Foundation’s Community Fund Grant for Collier Lodge environmental study; the Indiana Dunes Tourism’s Product Development Grant for strategic planning; and the Indiana Humanities Council’s Humanities Initiative Grant for a Collier Lodge archeology video.
The Society is inviting the public to come learn more about their preservation efforts plus share their own stories about life on the Kankakee at its first annual Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion, Hall #301, 959 W. Indiana Street in Kouts, Indiana.
The Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast will feature “Conservations on the Kankakee” with local historian and story-teller and Founder of the Society, John Hodson, who will speak on the hour at 8 AM, 9 AM and 10 AM. Mr. Hodson will present project updates and engage the public in conversations about Kankakee history and why it matters today. John Hodson: “Civil War general and world-renowned author of “Ben Hur” wrote of the Kankakee: ‘Never, in all my world travels, have I found a more perfect spot, not a more tantalizing river.’ Break bread with us on April 6th and hear more about the people and places of the historic Kankakee River.” Other highlights include viewing the Everglades of the North video, interactive displays and the “Collier Store.”
The Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Society and all proceeds will support preservation of Collier Lodge. Early bird tickets are available for $6 through Eventbrite Aukiki Flapjack Breakfast ticket purchase Tickets at the door are $7. Children under 3 years are free.
Founded in 2001, the Kankakee Valley Historical Society is a 501c3 organization with a mission to promote and preserve the rich history, culture and ecology of the Kankakee Valley through wise stewardship for this and future generations. The Society is the steward of the national historic landmark for archeology, the Collier Lodge site, and the host of annual Aukiki River Festival held on grounds of Collier Lodge at Baum’s Bridge in Kouts, Indiana.