Moravian Church and house at 666 E. 25th Street (Courtesy of the Indiana Album: Loaned by Dortha C. May)
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July 24, 2014

Us local history lovers frequently drive by empty lots in older neighborhoods and wonder what stood there before the current gas station or parking lot. Photographs and postcards help us envision the buildings that have long since disappeared. Thanks to […]

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July 23, 2014

Postmarked: Indianapolis, IND., MAY 23, 1923 – 12 PM Stamped: Citizens Training Camp – BUY FOR YOUR BOY Message: 5/23/23 Dear sister & family: Elmer & I are here at General Assembly and have been kept pretty busy attending meetings. […]

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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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July 18, 2014

How Do You Not Know This Woman? Not just “Benjamin Harrison’s wife,” she was accomplished and elegant. She was a deft leader among women at a time when the idea of women’s rights was just beginning to gain traction. The National First Ladies’ […]

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July 16, 2014

The prohibition of alcohol in Indiana began with a 1790 – 1795 Northwest Territory law that prevented the sale of alcohol to soldiers or Native Americans. Over the next 118 years, the state legislature and local authorities implemented and repealed […]

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Friday Favorites: Service, Unsung

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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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July 24, 2014, 2 Comments

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 ...

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HI – 5! We’re 5- Some background and our Top 5 Articles EVER

July 19, 2014, No comments

It’s important to mark milestones. Heck, it’s one of the most common ways we keep history alive–noting, year after year, the birthda ...

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Friday Favorites: Sweet Caroline

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July 18, 2014, 1 Comment

How Do You Not Know This Woman? Not just “Benjamin Harrison’s wife,” she was accomplished and elegant. She was a deft leader among ...

Another view of Freund Pharmacy from about 1900 to 1910. (The Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)

Indianapolis Then and Now: Freund’s Pharmacy, 502 N. Highland Avenue

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July 17, 2014, 1 Comment

Just east of Pogue’s Run sits a nondescript little triangle of land containing a rickety block building. It is bordered by E. Michigan Street, M ...

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Penny Post: WM Brommer Saloon

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July 16, 2014, 1 Comment

The prohibition of alcohol in Indiana began with a 1790 – 1795 Northwest Territory law that prevented the sale of alcohol to soldiers or Native ...

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A Room with a View – New Life at Central State Part Two: Restoring and Repurposing

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July 15, 2014, 6 Comments

This is the second piece of a three part series covering the revitalization of Central State Hospital, the former insane asylum that closed its doors ...

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Misc. Monday: Porch Parties

July 14, 2014, 6 Comments

Good news for those of us who love old traditions. A beloved early Indianapolis ritual has returned–drum roll please:     the porch party. A q ...

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Sunday Adverts: Pink’s Pharmacy

July 13, 2014, 2 Comments

Business: Pink’s Pharmacy Year of this Advertisement: 1907 Location:  550 Indiana Avenue Neighborhood: Downtown, Indiana Avenue What they di ...