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September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 is a special 100th anniversary day in the history of Indianapolis.  It was on September 14, 1915 that Frank Wheeler, Theodore Myers, Arthur Newby, James Allison, and Carl Fisher, filed the Articles of Association with the Indiana […]

Misc Monday: Preservation One Artifact at a Time

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April 20, 2015, 1 Comment

Ever wonder the worth of that old painting collecting dust in the depths of your attic? Or have you always had the feeling that your grandmother’s h ...

Misc. Monday: Indy’s Most Famous Funeral Train

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April 6, 2015, No comments

Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday 1865, and died the following morning.  For three days, the fallen leader’s remains lay in state in the Whit ...

Indiana during the Holidays: Celebrating through Trees

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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 light ...

  • Misc. Monday: Reminisces of an Ayres Christmas
    November 24, 2014, 2 Comments

    Guest Author: Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacher For seventy years, from 1922 to 1992, the place to celebrate holiday traditions in Indianapolis was L. S. Ayres & Co. Animated window displays drew crowds of fascinated onlookers to L. S. Ayres ...

  • An Indiana History of Craft Beer
    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 in the 2000’s, the beer industry has been prevalent in Indiana. The first brewing opera ...

  • The Courtroom Where Jack Daniels “Got Served”
    October 6, 2014, 1 Comment

    During the height of 1920’s Prohibition, the Federal Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis was home to a trial that exemplified many of the issues surrounding prohibition. It was dubbed “The Jack Daniels Whiskey case.” At the time, the ...

  • Baseball of Yesteryear
    September 23, 2014, 4 Comments

    Did you know that the Indianapolis Indians have been around for over 100 years?  Or that Indianapolis hosted the Toledo Blues, a team with two African American players, all the way back in 1884, 60 years before Jackie Robinson broke [&hell ...

  • Misc Monday: Twin Oaks Home & Garden Tour
    June 2, 2014, 2 Comments

    At 555 Kessler Boulevard, West Drive, Lyman S. Ayres II and his wife, Isabel, built a Colonial Revival style home named “Twin Oaks” in 1941. The Ayres family moved into the house in January 1942, one month after the attack [&hel ...