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Mystics and scientists alike have often found that there’s a strange algebra to the universe.  From tiny cosmological beginnings, we have the immensity of all that is, says the Big Bang Theory.  A host of old creation stories concur. In […]

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June 27, 2015

“In my opinion the way to beautify Indianapolis is to make its people happier,” Mrs. Albert Metzger told The Indianapolis Star in 1911, when asked for her ideas on city beautification. If you lived in Indianapolis at the time and […]

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June 26, 2015

A twenty-four hour restaurant tends to bring out some of the more interesting examples of mankind — especially in the wee hours of the morning. A mix of shift workers, college procrastinators, and weekend revelers trying to sober up on […]

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June 22, 2015

For almost a whole week in December 1884, one of the most famous traveling entertainers of her time — fifteen-year-old Lulu Hurst, the “Georgia Wonder” — wowed Indianapolis crowds with feats of “magnetism” that had already left audiences all over […]

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June 13, 2015

Thanks to my years of training as a Girl Scout, I always keep an extra umbrella in the car so I will “be prepared” in the event of a torrential downpour. So that’s exactly where my umbrella was last month when […]

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On May 13, 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc, the 19-year-old French soldier and visionary who was burned at the stake by the English during the Hundred Years’ War back in 1431.  On the eve of the Jazz […]

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At Your Leisure: Celebrating our Independence

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Tomorrow is the symbolic birthday of our great nation. Although the date is not exactly accurate — the Declaration of Independence was ratified ...

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Misc Monday: John Muir’s Vision Lost and Found

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Mystics and scientists alike have often found that there’s a strange algebra to the universe.  From tiny cosmological beginnings, we have the i ...

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Indianapolis Collected Revisted: The Fall and Rise of the Old Northside

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“In my opinion the way to beautify Indianapolis is to make its people happier,” Mrs. Albert Metzger told The Indianapolis Star in 1911, when asked ...

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A twenty-four hour restaurant tends to bring out some of the more interesting examples of mankind — especially in the wee hours of the morning. ...

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Misc Monday: The Magnetic Woman who Overpowered Indy

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June 22, 2015, 3 Comments

For almost a whole week in December 1884, one of the most famous traveling entertainers of her time — fifteen-year-old Lulu Hurst, the “Ge ...

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At Your Leisure: The Fading of the Orange Roof

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June 19, 2015, 3 Comments

We often look towards chain businesses with a bit of disdain. Large corporations sending profits out of state while serving up conveniences with littl ...

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Misc Monday: African American and Catholic in Early Indianapolis

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June 15, 2015, 3 Comments

Did Indiana’s first — and only — Catholic school for African Americans originate with an apparition of the Virgin Mary?  So an old stor ...

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Indianapolis Collected: The dry, wry humor of Cobb X. Shinn

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Thanks to my years of training as a Girl Scout, I always keep an extra umbrella in the car so I will “be prepared” in the event of a torre ...

A postcard showing the Sheffield Inn. The single story section was a later addition as a large house stood in its place the year it opened. At some point this structure was replaced with one that sits off the street but built in a similar style. Fire perhaps? (Courtesy Amazon)

At Your Leisure: An Evening in Merry England

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June 12, 2015, 2 Comments

Have you ever walked down the street and noticed a particular building that seemed completely out of place? Although commonly found in residential ne ...

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Penny Post: First Presbyterian Church

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Postmarked: INDIANAPOLIS, IND    AUG 14, 1908   1:30 PM Message: 14/8/08 Dear Jeannie Received package Thank you very much for apron  Tell Lucy I ...

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Misc Monday: Burning Joan of Arc: The 1927 Indianapolis Arson Scare

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June 8, 2015, 5 Comments

On May 13, 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc, the 19-year-old French soldier and visionary who was burned at the stake by the English durin ...

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Sunday Ads: Indy’s Industrious, Illustrious Illustrators

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June 7, 2015, 2 Comments

Let’s set the scene… Indianapolis in the 1890s: Due to recent technological advances in printing, Indianapolis newspapers are suddenly ab ...