Celebrating 70 Years

of Saving the Dunes

Our 70th Anniversary

In June of 1952, Dorothy Buell and a group of 21 local women met at Dorothy’s home in Ogden Dunes, and formed the Save the Dunes Council. Their goal was to protect the remaining untouched sand dunes on the southern shores of Lake Michigan from threats of further development. 70 years later, we proudly continue the work of our founders to protect and advocate for the Indiana Dunes!

We have already enjoyed some special events this year, and even have some limited edition shirts and hats to mark this momentous occasion. Keep reading to learn more!

Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Merchandise 

Celebrate Save the Dunes in 70th style by grabbing one of our limited edition 70th Anniversary t-shirts and hats! 

T-shirts are $25.00 plus tax, and hats are $30.00 plus tax. 

Email us today to coordinate payment and pick-up at our office at Barker House – 444 Barker Road, Michigan City, IN 46360.

70th Anniversary Special Events

70th Anniversary Hike & Celebration

To celebrate 70 years of Save the Dunes, we held a gathering at Chellberg Farm in the Indiana Dunes National Park on our official anniversary date. We offered a shuttle to Cowles Bog for a one-mile ranger-led hike, as well as a ranger-led hike at Chellberg Farm. 

 We are so grateful to the Indiana Dunes National Park for their incredible partnership and support on this event, to the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, to Kona Ice of the Dunes and Cool runnings Food Truck for supplying the tasty treats, and to Save the Tunes for setting the perfect vibe! It was a wonderful evening full of good company and celebration!

70th Anniversary Benefit

In August, we hosted our 70th Anniversary Benefit at Chesterton Art Center. Renowned regional artist, Corey Hagelberg, created a striking art print in honor of the event. We enjoyed delicious food from Third Coast Spice Cafe and Lemon Tree, and delightful libations from The Chesterton Brewery and Running Vines Winery.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an afternoon of enjoying art and connecting with so many of our supporters and friends!

Corey Hagelberg’s limited edition Save the Dunes print is still available for purchase! Please reach out to office@savedunes.org if you’re interested in owning this beautiful, special piece of our history. The cost of each print is $100.