Local historian Elizabeth Lorentzen will conclude the Porter House Museum's 2017 lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, with “Telling the Story: The Ellsworths of Decorah.”

This talk will investigate the family who originally built and lived at 401 W. Broadway. The Ellsworth story involves the settlement of the neighborhood, the construction of the house in 1867 (just before the railroad came in 1869), and information about this early English family in Decorah.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Porter House Lecture Series aims to take the themes, stories and content inherent at the Porter House and dig deeper into the stories, or use them as a launching point to reach new ideas and topics.

This year's series is significant, as the Porter House Museum is celebrating its sesquicentennial. 2017 marks 150 years since the historic house was built in 1867. This year's series has been sponsored in part by Candace and David Arp.
At any time during the museum's 150th celebration, the public is invited to make a special sesquicentennial donation by mail or online at porterhousemuseum.org.
The Porter House Museum Board of Directors has a goal to reach $18,670 in honor of the 1867 date.

Donations related to the sesquicentennial are designated for the Porter House Museum endowment.