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Thanks to local residents for submitting this historic photograph of their house, located just west of Shadeland Avenue at 625 N. Edmondson Avenue (formerly Rice Road) in Warren Township. The brick 1860s house  was part of the Askren dairy farm. […]

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October 18, 2014

In the fall of 2011, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sparked a Facebook frenzy when it launched a contest to rename Georgia Street.  According to a spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard, the goal of the proposed “re-branding” was to create a “signature” name […]

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October 16, 2014

This opulent Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival building, located north of the Indiana State House, has received little attention in historic circles, yet photographs commonly draw strong reactions. People either love it or they hate it. It was built in the mid […]

Beginning in 1930, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra played the selections at the Music Memory Contest finals  (image courtesy of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)
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October 14, 2014

Reader’s Question: I remember participating in a grade school activity back in the 1950s, called the Music Memory Contest.  I haven’t heard of it for many years, so I assume that the program no longer exists.  Can you provide a little history of it?      ~ […]

Cabinet card looking south on Alabama Street, 1892. (Courtesy of the Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)
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October 9, 2014

This unidentified image by photographer Kreitlein appeared on eBay recently and luckily clues within helped pinpoint the location to the intersection of Alabama and Vermont Streets and Massachusetts Avenue. Playing photo sleuth we were even able to determine that the […]

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Beer—drinking the frothy beverage has been a part of the Hoosier identity for generations. From pre-prohibition production to the rise of craft beer in the 2000’s, the beer industry has been prevalent in Indiana. The first brewing operations in the […]

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Indianapolis Then and Now: Askren-Rice-Eichacker House, 625 N. Edmondson Avenue

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Thanks to local residents for submitting this historic photograph of their house, located just west of Shadeland Avenue at 625 N. Edmondson Avenue (fo ...

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Penny Post: Circle Tower, “The Aristocrat”

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October 22, 2014, No comments

Talk about conscientious architecture, worthy of a tourist’s visit: not only is the Circle Tower the Art Deco aristocrat of Monument Circle, but ...

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Sunday Adverts: Indy Soothsayers 100 Years Ago

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October 19, 2014, 2 Comments

If doubt assails you, misfortune threatens you, ruin stares you in the face, danger besets you; if you would win the love of one without whom life wou ...

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Indianapolis Collected: A Road By Any Other Name

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October 18, 2014, 1 Comment

In the fall of 2011, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sparked a Facebook frenzy when it launched a contest to rename Georgia Street.  According to a spokes ...

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In The Park: Babe Denny Park

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October 18, 2014, No comments

This fall, over half a million football fans dressed in their blue and white finest will visit downtown to cheer the Indianapolis Colts to victory.  ...

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Indianapolis Then and Now: National Surgical Institute / Imperial Hotel, Northwest Corner of W. Ohio Street and Capitol Avenue

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October 16, 2014, 1 Comment

This opulent Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival building, located north of the Indiana State House, has received little attention in historic circles, yet ...

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Penny Post: An Indianapolis Souvenir

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October 15, 2014, No comments

This past weekend the Athenaeum and the Rathskeller celebrated all things German culture with GermanFest. But when Indianapolis’ German communit ...

Beginning in 1930, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra played the selections at the Music Memory Contest finals  (image courtesy of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)

HI Mailbag: Music Memory Contest

October 14, 2014, 14 Comments

Reader’s Question: I remember participating in a grade school activity back in the 1950s, called the Music Memory Contest.  I haven’t h ...

This advertisement promoting the famous Harry Houdini's performances at B.F. Keith's Theater (March 1925) was an Ebay find.

Sunday Adverts: Hoosierdini

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October 12, 2014, No comments

Indy was Wild about Harry Though born Erich Weisz on March 24, 1874 in Hungary, the man we know as Harry Houdini moved with his family to Wisconsin as ...

This postcard image shows the John Herron Art Institute as it appeared in 1906 (courtesy ebay)

At Your Leisure: At the Museum

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October 10, 2014, 2 Comments

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels of our city. Few may realize that the facility near 38th Street and Michigan Road is one of ...

Cabinet card looking south on Alabama Street, 1892. (Courtesy of the Indiana Album: Loaned by Joan Hostetler)

Indianapolis Then and Now: Columbus Day Parade on Massachusetts Avenue

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October 9, 2014, 2 Comments

This unidentified image by photographer Kreitlein appeared on eBay recently and luckily clues within helped pinpoint the location to the intersection ...

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An Indiana History of Craft Beer

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October 8, 2014, No comments

Beer—drinking the frothy beverage has been a part of the Hoosier identity for generations. From pre-prohibition production to the rise of craft beer ...