Former IPS School Number 7 is on the north side of Bates Street,  between Davidson and Concordia  (2015 photo by Sharon Butsch Freeland)
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September 1, 2015

Reader’s Question: What were the first public schools in Indianapolis, and where were they located?  ~ Ann F., Indianapolis HI’s Answer:  From the time non-native settlers began to populate the area that in 1821 became the City of Indianapolis, people met in […]

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August 22, 2015

On July 4, 1923, an aspiring Republican politician from the east side of Indianapolis stood before an estimated crowd of 10,000 people at Malfalfa Park in Kokomo and delivered an impassioned speech that touched on themes that still resonate with voters […]

This illustration depicts a bird's eye view of the 1867 fair held at Camp Morton(Courtesy Indiana State Library)
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August 21, 2015

August brings about a favorite tradition amongst Hoosiers. Every year nearly one million people descend on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the capitol city to celebrate the agricultural spirit of the State of Indiana. If you can get past the […]

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August 8, 2015

Summer break ended for many Indianapolis children last week as another school year got underway.  Even if teachers no longer ask for detailed essays on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” it’s likely many youngsters reported on it anyway, if […]

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July 25, 2015

Charlotte Jane Anderson died 17 years ago.  A life-long Indianapolis resident, she left behind a cousin, a house, and a diary that chronicled every day of her life from January 1, 1947 to December 31, 1951. About a year ago, […]

This 1960s era postcard promises a country style meal served by the Sloan family (courtesy Amazon)
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July 17, 2015

A once popular way to make your business stand out from the competition was to build a structure to look like the theme represented. Folks around Indy have seen these examples throughout the years — from a seafood restaurant built […]

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