Sharon Butsch Freeland

Sharon Butsch Freeland is a freelance researcher, writer, proofreader, and editor. She's a proud alumna of Shortridge High School and MacMurray College and over the years has also taken courses at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, University of Colorado, Colorado Academy of Art, and the Indianapolis Art Center. She's been the executive director of a nonprofit association, a newspaper columnist, a residential real estate broker, and a political campaign staff member. Fascinated by Indianapolis history from an early age, Sharon's passion for bygone eras became even more compelling when she discovered that her ancestors had settled in Indiana in 1828. Since learning that she's a seventh generation Hoosier, many details about both the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis have taken on new meaning for her. Sharon enjoys helping others get excited about the history of Indianapolis, as well as the histories of their own families.

All posts by Sharon Butsch Freeland

May 3, 2016

Reader’s Question: Can you provide the history of who owned the property at 1701 Gent Avenue and the businesses that occupied it over the years?  ~ Jeff C. HI’s Answer:  For readers who may not be familiar with its location, Gent Avenue […]

HI Mailbag: St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild

April 5, 2016, No comments

Reader’s Question: My daughter-in-law recently became a member of St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. Could you provide some history of the ...

HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Public Library

March 22, 2016, 26 Comments

Reader’s Question: I heard that the CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library was conducting tours of IPL facilities all around the city. I’ ...

HI Mailbag: Trinity Episcopal Church

March 8, 2016, 10 Comments

Reader’s Question: I live in the neighborhood of Trinity Episcopal Church. I understand that it was not originally called Trinity. Can you pro ...

  • HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Victim on the USS Maine
    February 23, 2016, 8 Comments

    Reader’s Question: Last week, I tweeted some photos that I took at Crown Hill Cemetery of the grave of Harry Keys, an Indianapolis resident who was on the ill-fated USS Maine. My tweets got the attention of a high school history te ...

  • HI Mailbag: Warfleigh
    February 9, 2016, 13 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  I have lived on the south side of Indianapolis my entire life, so I am not very well-acquainted with other parts of the city.  Recently, I had an appointment on the north side and was driving through an area ...

  • HI Mailbag: Stone Bridge Over Pleasant Run
    January 26, 2016, 18 Comments

    Reader’s Question:  There is a beautiful stone bridge over Pleasant Run Parkway near Colorado Avenue.  Would you have any idea when it was built?  Local historians have researched to no avail, but they believe it was early to mid-1 ...

  • HI Mailbag: 1215 Kessler Boulevard East Drive
    January 12, 2016, 49 Comments

    Reader’s question: There is a large white frame house on Kessler Boulevard, a couple of blocks east of the Monon Trail, that I have admired for years.  It appears to be much older than the homes around it, as well as […]

  • HI Mailbag: Christmas, A Century Ago
    December 22, 2015, 11 Comments

    Reader’s Question: Could you provide some details about the ways in which Christmas was celebrated in Indianapolis, a century ago? ~ Mary A., Indianapolis  HI’s Answer: Many of the facets of Christmas as it is celebrated toda ...

  • HI Mailbag: 1037-1039 East Tabor Street
    December 8, 2015, No comments

    Reader’s Question: My brother and I have purchased 1037-1039 East Tabor Street and are completely redoing it.  We would like to know when the structure was built, who built it, and any information you might have about people who ...