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December 22, 2016

Hi Friends and Fans! It has been quiet on the front side of our website for a little bit, but not on the inside! Elves have been working like mad to get a new, more user-friendly (and web-responsive) website together, […]

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November 8, 2016

107 years ago yesterday, a 70-year-old woman from Indianapolis named Mary E. Nicholson made history as one of the first females – if not the first female — elected to public office in the state of Indiana.  A former teacher and administrator in […]

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October 11, 2016

In an old Saturday Night Live sketch, a rugged frontiersman named “Johnny Canal” travels to the White House in 1820 to pitch his idea of connecting every city and town in the country by an elaborate system of canals.  A […]

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October 6, 2016

In the 1900 block of Herron-Morton Place: This was once home to a man who served as Corporation Council for the City of Indianapolis (from 1918-1922), Samuel Ashby and his family. They were next door neighbors to the William H. […]

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September 22, 2016

Recognize this view? If you frequent the canal, it will look familiar, as a view from Bugg’s Temple. Ever wonder what may have preceded the current shiny newer business buildings? For this site, it was once “The Industrial Building”, built […]

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September 19, 2016

Pioneer leader James Blake was a man of many firsts.  During the early years of the 19th century, he brought the first piano to Indianapolis, built the first plaster and frame house, opened the first mill, started the first charity, and supervised […]

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