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Bulbs, Buzzers, and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

In 1905 the Barker Mansion became one of the first homes in Laporte County to have electricity. On this unique tour, you can learn how the mansion was able to reach that feat. Guests will be able to see the inner working of original electrical outlets in the floors and walls as well the original switchboard, hidden call buttons in the walls, Tiffany lamps, nickel plated telephones, and many more details normally hidden to the public. Follow the construction and installation of the telephone, lighting, and servant call system through the original work orders and contracts the electricians used in 1905. Experience the impact of electric lighting on American culture in the late nineteenth century; learn how working conditions, social customs, and urban crime changed with the onset of indoor and outdoor lighting.

Tour begins at 7 pm CST and last ninety minutes, cost is $5 for general admission.

Contact the Barker Mansion at 219-873-1520 or visit our website at for more information.