Hi Friends and Fans–

My name is Tiffany and I am the captain and cruise director here at “H.I.” I would like to sincerely thank every reader, contributor, commenter, sponsor, donor, newsletter subscriber, social media follower and cheerleader out there for making this website such a success and community asset. And I wanted to let you know, I am heading into some hijinks for a few months.

If you don’t follow the HI social media accounts, you may not know that I am working on my first book and I can’t wait to share it with you!  I have to tell you, if you have an interest in: Indianapolis, innovation, industry, the late 19th century, bicycles, transportation, wheeled things, the pieces of the puzzle that preceded the creation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and so much more, then you are going to love this book!

If you weren’t aware, Indianapolis was one of a handful of bicycle manufacturing hubs in the 1890s. There is an abundance of information out there–and many convoluted and intertwining stories that you will want to learn about. With two full years of research done, (and there could easily be more) it’s time to do the harder part of piecing it all together.

With that in mind, the website will not be publishing new articles for an undetermined length of time. We will put out smaller content gems via instagram, twitter, occasionally on Facebook. If you stay tuned on those channels, you will be privy to some insider insights and be the first to know when the book is available for pre-order.

Meanwhile, next month, on July 19, 2019, HI will celebrate its 10th anniversary!

What started as an experiment to answer the question: “Do other people love learning about local history as much as I do?” (the answer is a big ol’ YES!) has blossomed into a vibrant website visited by an average of 20-30,000 people each month. In ten years, we have created more than 2000 articles and have inspired a few new researchers, preservationists and writers–how cool is that?! Indianapolis has way more going for it than people give it credit for, and there are countless fascinating stories yet to be shared. Thank you for your consistent interest in what we present here and so much more.

HI wouldn’t have the presence it does in the community without the love and support from readers like you. We hope you continue to get tremendous value out of it. If you have ever:
  • Forwarded a HI story to a friend, family member or colleague
  • Used HI as a resource / for research
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Thank you for allowing me/us to tell you a few of Indy’s stories. I hope you continue to be as inspired as I am, not just by the past but by our potential future.

4 responses to “HI….jinks”

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  4. John F McKenzie says:

    I just read a very informative article by Sharon Butsch Freeland dated December 10, 2013 relating to the life of Fannie Osbourne, a.k.a. Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson. I would like to contact Ms Freeland by email to thank her for the article because it provider me with additional information that I was unaware of.

    I could send my email (or snail mail) to your office or your email (preferred by me) if you give me your email address and you could forward it to her or if at all possible provide me with Ms Freeland’s email address.

    I am originally from Edinburg, Scotland and have visited RLS’s birthplace and stood in the room in which he was born. It’s not far from where I lived. I visited Apia, Western Samoa recently and stood on the spot where he died. We ( my American wife and I) then climbed the mountain, through the rain forest (yes it rains in rain forests) to visit RLS’s grave and pay my respects. I was unaware that Fanny Osburne’s ashes are buried there. There is no indication that they are there.

    I have visited Indianapolis. I was Chairman of the Energy and Environment Committee of the Edison Electric Institute at the time. We had a very enjoyable five days in Indianapolis. We now reside in San Joes, CA – Sincerely, John F McKenzie

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