Peter 'Scotty' Taylor and the Giese Chapel

The Giese Chapel, now located at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum.

During the 2019 holiday season, some were, for the first time, introduced to the Giese Chapel, which has been a holiday favorite since 1947.

Often, those who volunteer their time caring for these “special” items get little or no thanks or recognition for their contribution. One such individual in La Porte County is Peter “Scotty” Taylor, who spent many hours “taking care of” the Giese Chapel after it was donated to the La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. in 1978. He cared deeply for the little chapel and worked very hard to keep it running for the pleasure of many during the Christmas Season. It was on display and in working order on the lower level of the La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. Museum during the holiday time each year (except one). Year after year it became more difficult to find replacement parts for those that no longer worked. It was so unique that when parts no longer functioned, replacement parts were not readily found. I assisted Scotty several years in trying to locate parts. It was a real challenge.

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