Panoramic view of the Indiana State Fair, 1900 (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Elizabeth Robb)
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July 31, 2014

Among a group of old photographs found in the attic of an Indianapolis home were these three faded snapshots identified as the 1900 Indiana State Fair. Many people might have tossed the small, poorly processed, dog-earred prints, but luckily Elizabeth […]

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July 30, 2014

When the Circle Theatre opened in 1916 on Monument Circle, it was a movie theater grand enough to write home about. Today, the Hilbert Circle Theater at 45 Monument Circle is home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., […]

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July 29, 2014

This edition of A Room with a View is going to be a little bit of a departure from the norm. As I am about to take a little time off from HI to begin a long imagined, finally realized […]

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July 26, 2014

In the earliest days of Indianapolis, young John Wilkins was a favorite of the ladies. He arrived from Ohio in May 1821, and built himself a one-horse carriage, the first of its kind in Indianapolis.  Despite a complete lack of ornamentation, Wilkins’ […]

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July 22, 2014

Reader’s Question: My 92-year-old neighbor told me that she was born in Deaconess Hospital.  I had never heard of this institution before.  I’m wondering if it still exists today but is known by a different name?  ~ Kathy Z., Indianapolis  HI’s Answer: The full name […]

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July 19, 2014

It’s important to mark milestones. Heck, it’s one of the most common ways we keep history alive–noting, year after year, the birthday or anniversary of significant events. With that in mind, we just wanted to note that 5 years ago […]

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This photo shows The Fox Theater in 1938. The hotel fronting the building is named "The York." (Photo: courtesy Bass Photo Co Collection, Indiana Historical Society)

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Panoramic view of the Indiana State Fair, 1900 (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Elizabeth Robb)

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When the Circle Theatre opened in 1916 on Monument Circle, it was a movie theater grand enough to write home about. Today, the Hilbert Circle Theater ...

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This edition of A Room with a View is going to be a little bit of a departure from the norm. As I am about to take a little time off from HI to begin ...

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  Business: Ballard Ice Cream Company Year of this Advertisement: 1921 Location:  Originally on North Delaware Street; at the time of this ad, ...

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Indianapolis Collected: A Stitch Back in Time

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July 26, 2014, 5 Comments

In the earliest days of Indianapolis, young John Wilkins was a favorite of the ladies. He arrived from Ohio in May 1821, and built himself a one-horse ...

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In The Park: Edna Balz Lacy Family Park

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Nestled into the quiet corner of Greer and East streets lies Edna Balz Lacy Park.  This two-acre neighborhood park in Fletcher Place opened in 1917 a ...

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Friday Favorites: Service, Unsung

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July 25, 2014, 2 Comments

MythBusters: Tell me what you think you know about the Daughters of the American Revolution, also known as D.A.R. Does the name conjure up certain ima ...

Moravian Church and house at 666 E. 25th Street (Courtesy of the Indiana Album: Loaned by Dortha C. May)

Indianapolis Then and Now: First Moravian Episcopal Church, 2502 N. College Avenue

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Us local history lovers frequently drive by empty lots in older neighborhoods and wonder what stood there before the current gas station or parking lo ...

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Penny Post: General Assembly in a Fine City

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July 23, 2014, 1 Comment

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAY 23, 1923 – 12 PM Stamped: Citizens Training Camp – BUY FOR YOUR BOY Message: 5/23/23 Dear sister & ...

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HI Mailbag: Deaconess Hospital

July 22, 2014, 1 Comment

Reader’s Question: My 92-year-old neighbor told me that she was born in Deaconess Hospital.  I had never heard of this institution before.  ...

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Sunday Adverts: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Company

July 20, 2014, No comments

  Business: Indianapolis Tent and Awning Co. Year of this Advertisement: 1900 Location:  20 S. Alabama Street Neighborhood: Downtown What the ...