Meet Our Founder

Exuberant, vintage wearing, world-traveling, quirky idea machine and creator/ Chief Inspiration Officer of Historic Indianapolis.com, Tiffany Benedict Browne hated high school history. After spending her formative years in exotic locales such as Exeter and Visalia, California; Schenectady, New York; and summer visits to Indianapolis, Indiana, Tiffany acquired a taste for the cosmopolitan (Grey Goose preferred, if you please). Enduring the following few years living in sleepy hamlets like Barcelona, Spain; London, England; and Los Angeles, California, she learned to love history and all things ‘olde’ with a wonderment that continues to imbue her every day with deeper meaning. The determination to one day own a Queen Anne, coupled with a personal loss, inspired the impetuous decision to relocate to Indianapolis in pursuit of her next adventure.

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Photo credit: Laura Neidig

Before launching “HI”, Tiffany’s career highlights included: preview audience recruiter for market research of movies; temp secretary at Arista Records; L.A. Metro bus time-table data-entry person; translator; ankle model; usher at the Los Angeles Music Center and (the obligatory) waitress–while pursuing a career in acting. And while she did appear on shows such as Beverly Hills 90210E.R., The Practice and Men Behaving Badly, she soon realized that anorexia, chest enhancement, gargantuan egos and air kisses weren’t her scene. The glamour of a corporate package that included paid vacations, a company car and lifetime supply of post-it notes, lured her into the world of pharmaceutical sales.  Naively believing she was equal parts Wonder Woman and Rosie the Riveter, Tiffany (with an assist by her mom) arrived from L.A. in a Ryder truck, with all her worldly possessions and without knowing a single person in Indy, determined to find her Victorian Dream Home.

After a succession of pharma company restructures, and overall economic downturn, Mrs. Browne has dabbled in a number of vocations and entrepreneurial endeavors, but none fill her heart and fuel her passion like research, history, heritage and preservation. She finds connection in all people, places and things and possesses an infectious ‘joie de vivre’ when in her element. Self-admitted dork, she typically takes steps two at a time (often tripping on her own feet in the process), rarely carries an umbrella (rain, schmain—it’s just water) and is undoubtedly the gal in the car next to you singing her heart out (obvious stares be damned). She brakes for squirrels, flea markets and fresh-brewed tea; loves music: from Julie Andrews to Jay-Z (though her all-time fave is Jellyfish); comedy: from Bob Newhart to Chris Rock; and activities: from rock climbing walls to embroidering tea towels. She has walked on 1200+ degree hot coals at two Tony Robbins’ events and can’t wait for the next opportunity to go skydiving.

Tiffany’s three credos: “May I leave my corner of the world better than I found it,” “Do unto others…” and “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

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Tiffany is a member of the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Mayflower Society, Portfolio Club and is founding member and immediate past president of the Hoosier Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. She is neighborhood historian of Herron-Morton Place and a former president of that neighborhood’s association. Tiffany graduated from the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXXIX and recently concluded a two year stint as a Project Manager for the “Choose Indy” committee of Plan 2020. She is happily married to her best friend and dream man.

You may contact Tiffany directly at tiffany (at) historicindianapolis (dot) com

4 Comments on "Meet Our Founder"

  1. Bill Hulsizer July 7, 2012 at 11:30 am · Reply

    Love the Nuvo article. I’m a descendant of Edmond Ludlow (of Oliver Cromwell infamy) and John Ludlow (of Cincinnati & brother of Israel Ludow, founder of Cincinnati and surveyor who laid out downtown Cincinnati, Columbus & Dayton, Ohio). I run the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation and working on a contract for Indiana Dept of Child Services downtown. Might be moving here permanently in 2 months. Will see…

  2. Bill Bowman July 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm · Reply

    Nice to hear of another history loving “dork”.
    I too do rersearch at the state library and can almost master the micro phish.

  3. Jen Thomas October 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm · Reply

    What a refreshingly well-written bio. Kudos! Would you mind sending me your email address so I can add you to my media list for Indiana Landmarks?

  4. Abra Bailey August 28, 2013 at 11:55 am · Reply

    Hello!

    First off- such a fun site–glad I stumbled upon it! I am interesting in speaking with someone concerning my property. it Is a historic hotel near Monument Circle and I would love to share with the viewers of the site. I’ve heard interesting stories about the building while I’ve worked here and I think it would be fun to share the historical features with the Indianapolis public!

    Please let me know who to talk to!

    Abra B.

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