Cedar Lake, Indiana

Cedar Lake Branch in the 1950s
Cedar Lake Library, 1950s

Cedar Lake is known for the same feature it's named after: the largest natural lake in Northwest Indiana. This lake, currently called Cedar Lake, used to be known as Lake of the Red Cedars. It is from this previous name that the historical society's museum takes its name.

Cedar Lake was originally called West Point, but when the Cedar Lake Post Office was established in 1870, it got a new name. A strong railroad presence made it a booming community. Later, proximity to Chicago made it an ideal resort destination.

To learn more about Cedar Lake's history, check out the Cedar Lake Historical Association (which operates the Lake of the Red Cedars Museum), or attend one of the events or classes happening at Cedar Lake Branch of the library this year!

Bicentennial Events and Classes at Cedar Lake Branch


Hoosier Holiday Fun
The Indiana Storytelling Guild will lead stories and activities with a Hoosier holiday theme.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 3, 1 PM

Happy Birthday, Indiana!
On December 11th 200 years ago, Indiana became a state! Celebrate with cake, crafts, games, & more - party all day at the library!
WHEN: Saturday, December 10

Hoosier Books & Chat
In commemoration of Indiana's Bicentennial, one of Indiana's most famous authors will be featured—Kurt Vonnegut and his book, A Man Without a Country. A memoir of sorts, this bestseller was the author's final book and is based on speeches and short essays gleaned from the early 2000's. It's a funny and inciteful mix of autobiography and social commentary and has been widely praised. One reviewer said reading this book was “like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend." Join the discussion!
WHEN: Wednesday, December 21, 6:30 PM