• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Die Weihnachtseinkäufe

    Die Weihnachtszeit ist nahe.  Christmas time is near. That’s not an ad from overseas.  At the turn of the 20th century, Indianapolis had a thriving German-speaking population. The major local German newspaper in 1900, the...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania A German Firebug?

    Most Americans know nothing about the time Nazi submarines stalked the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.  But if you’re ever on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and see anyone old enough to remember the...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc Monday: On Liberty and Whiskers

    Lajos Kossuth in a daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes, 1851 The list of famous visitors to Indianapolis would probably surprise you.  Oscar Wilde came in 1882.  Mark Twain came four times.  Sergei Rachmaninov, the composer,...

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  • Posted in: Then & Now Indianapolis Then and Now: Roehm House, 1320 Villa Street

    In this circa 1906 photograph, the family of Frank and Emma Roehm stand in front of their home at 1320 Villa Street. This south side street was located in a German neighborhood just north of...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

    Much has been written on this site and elsewhere about Indianapolis’s German influences. German immigrants played a big part in shaping the city from very early on. From its architecture to its laws and customs,...

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