Born Again

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PLEASANT LAKE, IND. (WPTA21)-“It was like our little Mayberry,” recalls long time resident Elten Powers. “We’d head out the door, grab our bikes ride around town and spend all day and go home for supper.”

In what used to be the town doctor’s office Pleasant Lake memories are being revived. This is the soon to be Pleasant Lake Historical Museum.

We want to have a modern museum here not just an occasional black and white photograph,” says Powers. “We want to tell the story of this town as best we can.”

Elten Powers was born and raised in Pleasant Lake, moved back here after a career in education and thinks the little town he loves should be noticed. He and other residents have been gathering artifacts and stories to highlight in the museum including the town’s claims to fame. Colonel Dale Harpham was born here, former director of the United States Marine Corps Band, that’s him with Jackie Kennedy. And actress Lurene Tuttle, appeared in movies like ‘Psycho’ and TV shows like ‘I Dream of Jeanie’. But mostly the museum will focus on the less famous, the store keepers and mill workers and firefighters who built pleasant lake. Never got famous but built a town and a good life for their families. The town Elten Powers remembers.

The yearbook from Pleasant Lake’s high school was called ‘The Bittersweet’, he recalls, “and it’s a perfect description of what many of us who came back here feel like. There are sweet memories of this place and some sad memories of this place…it’s that kind of experience for all of us.”

There is much work to be done before the museum opens in a year or so, artifacts to gather and memories to collect, all to be cherished in this little building.

It’s a sense that we have a lot of memories of this place that we want to see preserved,” says Powers, “that people who don’t know it can come in and say ‘oh really, this is what this place used to be like’. Back in the day.”

Eric Olson reporting out in 21 Country.

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