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January 24, 2015

Dr. Isaac Coe turned up unexpectedly in Oregon last month.  Not the actual Dr. Coe — he’s buried at Crown Hill cemetery — but an antique photograph of an even older portrait of the pioneer physician who helped save the […]

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January 22, 2015

With at least three active burlesque troupes in Indianapolis, we seem to be in the midst of a burlesque revival. While the average person equates burlesque with strippers, the art form started in the late 17th century as a form of parody with […]

Boulders alongside Fall Creek were placed in memory of 1936 drowning victims (2015 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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January 20, 2015

Reader’s Question: There once were two large boulders on the shore of Fall Creek, just west of College Avenue.  Bronze plaques were embedded in the boulders, commemorating two drowning victims.  Was there once a swimming beach at this location? ~ Jay H., […]

Mounted photo of "General Ben. Harrison's First Residence" on E. Vermont Street. (Indiana Historical Society, Collection P482)
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January 15, 2015

Most everyone in Indianapolis is aware of the Benjamin Harrison’s Delaware Street home, known today as the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, but did you know that he once lived in the Lockerbie Neighborhood? Born into a prominent Virginia family (his […]

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January 8, 2015

During the Victorian era when many of Indianapolis’s social elite had ballrooms in their homes, the city’s most popular dance instructor was David B. Brenneke (1855-1918). The German native lived for over a decade in Evansville where he took business […]

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Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FEB 1911 – 12:30 PM Message: Dear Annie – Rec’d card after you were home I guess. Why didn’t you call us up. I would have broken my neck to go to train any way. Was too […]

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