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December 31, 2014

Postmarked: IND.,  JUN 3, 1913 – 6 PM Message: Tuesday Afternoon My dear Elizabeth – If nothing presents, Stella will go to your house Thursday morning. Hope you are getting along all right. Tell & I are thinking of going […]

Sunday Adverts: Happy New Year 1915

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December 28, 2014, 5 Comments

The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In exploring a local newspaper from 100 years ago, one thing seems obvious: not much has c ...

In the Park: Willard Park

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December 27, 2014, 5 Comments

One mile east of downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street, you’ll find Willard Park.  The land of this eleven-acre park had many identities in it ...

At Your Leisure: Post Christmas Movies

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December 26, 2014, No comments

After the leftovers are packed away in the refrigerator and the last of the wrapping paper has been thrown away it’s time to kick back and relax ...

  • Indianapolis Then and Now: The Ayres Clock Cherub
    December 25, 2014, 3 Comments

    The L. S. Ayres cherub, one of the city’s most beloved little sculptures, makes its appearance every Thanksgiving eve and looks out over shoppers until Christmas. The sculpture has its roots in drawings created for the 1946 catalog of L. ...

  • Penny Post: Yuletide Joys
    December 24, 2014, No comments

    Postmarked: IND., 1916 – 6 PM Message: My dear little Granddaughter, I have been wondering id you are going [to] hang up your stockings, like the little folks on this card & see what Santa will bring you. Of course […]

  • HI Mailbag: Wood Lawn and Fletcher Place
    December 23, 2014, 3 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  I am interested in the history of Wood Lawn, Calvin Fletcher’s farm.  By all accounts, the Fletchers came to Indianapolis in the 1820s, and the land that had been their home was known as Fletcher Place as ...

  • Indiana during the Holidays: Celebrating through Trees
    December 22, 2014, No comments

    The holiday spirit is in the air.  All over Indianapolis, people are preparing for the upcoming holiday celebrations– stringing twinkling lights on the outsides of their houses and brewing hot cocoa to accompany every meal.  Along w ...

  • At Your Leisure: The Hotel Washington
    December 19, 2014, 3 Comments

    Towering 17 stories over east Washington Street, The Symphony Center stands out gracefully among the other early twentieth century buildings nearby. Today, the building houses an array of offices, but did you know that at one point in histo ...