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Yesteryear’s Indy-related products and souvenirs are today’s collectibles

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November 28, 2015

There are two kinds of people who buy old houses, according to The New York Times:  old house people, who know what to expect, and regular house people, who don’t.  But I would argue that there is a third kind […]

Indianapolis Collected: Free textbooks & the IPS music man

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November 14, 2015, 3 Comments

In the closing days of the Civil War, Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent Abram Shortridge found himself in a unique situation — an ̶ ...

Indianapolis Collected: The Worms crawl in…..

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October 31, 2015, 6 Comments

This week’s story has all the hallmarks of a classic horror tale.  A slaughterhouse. A butcher. An insane asylum. And Coffins with Worms. It al ...

Indianapolis Collected: A Message from a Dead Friend

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October 17, 2015, 2 Comments

In May 1915, Argyra Friend was asleep in her apartment at 15th and Illinois when she had a conversation with her dead brother that was so vivid and re ...

  • The Crumbling Crossroads of America
    September 19, 2015, 2 Comments

    “Practically every great city has to be a geographic crossroads before it can become a great city,” the National Geographic Society wrote in its November 1925 bulletin. The crossroads of the sea at the Panama Canal, the crossro ...

  • Indianapolis Collected: D.C. Stephenson’s revenge
    August 22, 2015, 8 Comments

    On July 4, 1923, an aspiring Republican politician from the east side of Indianapolis stood before an estimated crowd of 10,000 people at Malfalfa Park in Kokomo and delivered an impassioned speech that touched on themes that still resonat ...

  • Indianapolis Collected: The Secret in the Old Diary
    July 25, 2015, 7 Comments

    Charlotte Jane Anderson died 17 years ago.  A life-long Indianapolis resident, she left behind a cousin, a house, and a diary that chronicled every day of her life from January 1, 1947 to December 31, 1951. About a year ago, […]