A three-piece mural about Chesterton created by children’s author and artist
Jeff Hagen is now on display at the Westchester Township History Museum.
Hagen, a New York Times best-selling children’s author, visited Chesterton
to teach and inspire Chesterton Middle School art students. CMS teacher Jody
Nix was awarded a grant from the Duneland Education Foundation to fund the
visit, Hagen taught the seventh and eighth graders about watercolor
techniques and the book-writing process. Upon the completion of his visit,
Hagen promised to create and present to the community a mural of Chesterton.
The mural, “The
Magic of Chesterton,” highlights the area’s past and present features and
celebrates the community’s interaction with the natural and commercial
In addition to
Hagen’s mural, the students’ works that were created and inspired during
Hagen’s visit are on display at the museum. The students’ watercolor
paintings illustrate Hagen’s story “When Fear Looks in Your Window,” which
is available to read in the exhibit. Books written, illustrated, and bound
by the students are also on display.
Township History Museum is an educational and cultural service of
Westchester Public Library. The museum, housed in the historic Brown
Mansion, 700 W. Porter Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Sunday or by appointment, 983-9715.