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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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Rudy Schouten

Rudy Schouten is a former corporate marketing services manager now providing personal and commercial writing services–sales institutional and biographical content–on a freelance basis.

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Tiffany Benedict Browne

Tiffany Benedict Browne is the founder and driving force behind HistoricIndianapolis.com. She loves learning, sharing and inspiring Indy’s stories.

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Ashley Haynes

Ashley Haynes is from Indianapolis and grew up bringing storybook characters to life in her imagination. Now, she peers into the history of old buildings, letters, and postcards, imagining the lives of the people who touched the stair-rail or held the pen.

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Connie Zeigler

Connie Zeigler has both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in history, as well as nearly 20 years experience writing about architectural history and design. She contributes history- and architecture/preservation-related articles regularly to several Indianapolis publications, Including Urban Times and Indianapolis Monthly. Connie is the owner and president of C. Resources, a company that offers a wide array of consulting services in preservation, research, and writing. Follow her on Facebook!
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Dawn Olsen

Dawn Olsen is a Midwestern nomad addicted to ChapStick, parallel sentences, books, and old buildings. She was born in Iowa and grew up in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. After graduating from Purdue University, she took a job as an editorial assistant for the Indiana General Assembly and sub sequently transplanted herself to Indianapolis. She lives in the Holy Rosary district in an old brick building with a 90-foot smokestack. She shares creative non-fiction and photos on her blog, Candidly Clyde.

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Dennis E. Horvath

Dennis E. Horvath is a “genuine car nut” who writes books and blogs, and develops websites intended to energize and excite auto enthusiasts. He is the Web publisher of Cruise-IN.com: Celebrating Indiana automotive history. Additionally, he is the Web proprietor of AutoGiftGarage.com which features automotive gifts celebrating classic and collectible cars.

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Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis is a proud Indy native and senior English major at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. With an English teacher for a mother and a history buff for a father, she grew up with an appreciation for the beauties of both language and history, and loves that she can combine the two by writing about her favorite city.

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Gwen Sunkel

Gwen Sunkel is a connoisseur of bad first dates and a collector of ticket stubs. When she’s not catering to the every whim of her dog and two cats, she enjoys reading, yoga, building communities, dismantling the patriarchy, and falling in love with Indianapolis.
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Jeff Kamm

An avid runner who enjoys daily jaunts throughout Indy’s historic neighborhoods, Jeff deeply appreciates the detail and workmanship of old architecture. So much so, that he lives downtown in a restored historic building. He also works downtown as a manager of a not-for-profit that promotes globalization throughout Central Indiana. In a past life, Jeff worked in the hospitality industry and may one day pen a book about the ridiculous things people do while staying in hotels. Stay tuned.

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Jessica Ballard-Barnett

Jessica Ballard-Barnett is a lawyer by day, and an amateur historian by night. A lifelong Indianapolis resident, she has a passion for old houses with velvet wallpaper, graveyards with ominous markers, and religious relics.

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Joan Hostetler

Joan Hostetler and John Harris own Heritage Photo & Research Services. The company specializes in house and building research and historic photograph preservation, interpretation, archiving, and digitization. Since they see so many cool photographs tucked away in attics and basements, they recently created “The Indiana Album” to borrow, scan, and share hidden Indiana images with the public. Like them on facebook or send them an email to share your photographs.
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Jordan Ryan

Jordan Ryan is a 2010 graduate of Herron School of Art & Design’s Art History program. This fall, she will continue her studies with the Public History master’s program at IUPUI. She is currently employed at the Herron Art Library, where her work focuses on circulation and reference services as well as research for the library’s historic architecture & neighborhood digital collections. She is also an intern at Indiana Landmarks and is a TA at Herron for an art history course. She is currently a resident of Fountain Square.

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Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen is Editor in Chief for NUVO Newsweekly. Outside of NUVO, Katherine has been published frequently in The Billfold, HerCampus, The Herald Times, The Ryder, The Southside Times, and Livebuzz. She really, really loves food.

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Krystal Becker

Krystal L. Becker is the owner of Kinship Genealogy, a genealogical research and preservation company. With almost 20 years of genealogy experience, she has devoted much of her life to uncovering the stories our ancestors left behind. Krystal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from DePauw University. She continued her education by earning a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University, and she is currently pursuing certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
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Lisa Lorentz

Lisa Lorentz is a writer, nonprofit director, native Hoosier & Indianapolitan with an awkward fascination for dusty attics, antique typewriters and microfilm.

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Nathan Bilger

The Historic Indianapolis railroad/interurban/transportation expert, commercial architecture enthusiast, and former website technical guru is Nathan Bilger. A life-long Hoosier, he grew up in Columbia City, attended Ball State University, and lived and worked around Indianapolis from 2001 to 2015 before returning to his hometown. Nathan has a degree in Urban Planning and Development and currently is the planning director for Whitley County and Columbia City. Nathan lives in Columbia City with his wife Bryanna, four kids, dog, and mother-in-law. In his free time, if there ever is free time, he is a cyclist, railfan, and poet, among other things. He also operates the Indiana Railroads website.

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Raina Regan

<href=”http: www.rainaregan.com=”” “=””>Raina Regan is an architectural historian. Raina has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Raina is an Indiana import by way of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan and loves the culture and architecture of the Midwest. </href=”http:>

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Ryan Hamlett

Ryan Hamlett turned a teenage fascination with exploring “haunted places” into a love of Urban Exploration or sneaking into and photographing abandoned buildings, armed with a camera and flashlight. He has a Fine Art degree from Indiana University, a Masters in Historic Preservation from Ball State, and currently works with the State of Indiana to advocate for the adaptive reuse of Indiana’s historic buildings into affordable housing.

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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.

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Stephen J. Taylor

Stephen J. Taylor grew up in Terre Haute, earned a Master’s in Folklore at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and currently lives and writes in Indianapolis, where he’s hot on the trail of under-reported Hoosier history and local lore. He also writes for Hoosier State Chronicles at the Indiana State Library and formerly worked for Ancestry.com at DePauw University in Greencastle.

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Steve Campbell

Steve Campbell is the former Deputy Mayor of Indiianapolis, owns a communications strategy consulting firm, and teaches journalism and mass communications at the IUPUI School of Journalism.

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