Libby Cierzniak

Libby Cierzniak is a partner at Faegre, Baker & Daniels, LLP, practicing primarily in the area of government affairs. A native of Kokomo, she became fascinated with historic preservation and Indianapolis history in the 1990s while working in the newly renovated Statehouse. She's an avid collector of "old Indianapolis"--books, photographs, advertising and other items--and loves to research and share information with others about the city's rich and colorful history. Libby, her husband and their two chronically misbehaving dogs live in an 1894 home in the Old Northside, where she serves on the board of the neighborhood association.

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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 […]

Deja Vu Tuesday: The College Avenue War of 1903

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October 25, 2016, 3 Comments

For Mrs. Lottie A. Kinsey, life on the corner of 15th and College Avenue was a lot like an AC/DC song. Although another eight decades would pass befor ...

Deja Vu Tuesday: 1835 letter sheds light on worst legislative fiasco in state history

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October 11, 2016, 1 Comment

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 c ...

Deja Vu Tuesday: A Tree Falls in Indy

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September 19, 2016, 2 Comments

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 t ...

  • Deja Vu Tuesday: The Know Nothing Party of Indiana
    August 23, 2016, 3 Comments

    Imagine for a moment that you’re living in a world where families are struggling to make ends meet. Where hard-working citizens are losing their jobs to technology and immigrants.  Where some of these immigrants are criminals, many a ...

  • Deja Vu Tuesday: The Carole Lombard Mystery
    August 2, 2016, 4 Comments

    “Every picture tells a story don’t it,” Rod Stewart famously sang in the early 1970s, the same decade that brought us other grammatical atrocities in song titles such as “Baby I’ma want you.” But sometime ...

  • Deja Vu Tuesday: For Whom the Bell Tolls
    May 10, 2016, 6 Comments

    During a recent campaign stop in Indiana, Donald Trump told a cheering crowd that the job of running for office was so hard that the actual job of being president would be easy by comparison. “It’s harder to get into […]