• Posted in: Then & Now Then & Now: Independent Turnverein, 902 N. Meridian

    Postmarked 1917 Independent Turnverein Post Card, (courtesy HistoricIndianapolis.com) How lucky Indianapolis is that such detailed and well-crafted buildings still stand today–an unapologetic and ornate vestige of  yesteryear. This one, a magnificent red brick and limestone building...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: An Indianapolis Souvenir

    The Indianapolis News Souvenir Post Card Indiana Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument Das Deutsche Haus – Indianapolis, Ind. This past weekend the Athenaeum and the Rathskeller celebrated all things German culture with GermanFest. But when Indianapolis’...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Ads Sunday Adverts: Symphony on the Prairie (Literally)

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, photo Fabien Sevitzky, vintage booking Ad, 1938 Culture Comes to the Capital… While the roots of Indianapolis’s musical heritage trace back to the region’s earliest inhabitants, there is no question that performing...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Deaconess Hospital

    Reader’s Question: My 92-year-old neighbor told me that she was born in Deaconess Hospital.  I had never heard of this institution before.  I’m wondering if it still exists today but is known by a different name?  ~ Kathy Z., Indianapolis ...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: “Ghosts wept” as the Maennerchor fell

    More than 1,000 members and friends of the Maennerchor gathered at its old hall on Washington Street in June 1906 to march through downtown Indianapolis to the site of the German singing club’s future headquarters at...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: A Merry Weihnachten to You!

    Postmarked: 1 Indianapolis, IND. Dec 20, 1922 9:30 PM Message: Written in German Addressed to: M E Ehrensperger 1723 Broadway City A penny for your thoughts … As an elementary teacher, I can decipher just...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Lohrmann Residence

    Reader’s Question:  There is a fairly large structure, presumably a home, on the west bank of the White River at 16th Street that appears to be boarded up or abandoned.  It looks fairly impressive (what...

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