• Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Tee Pee Restaurants

    Reader’s Question: When I was in grade school, my older sisters always raved about the Tee Pee.  By the time I was a teenager, though, it was gone.  Can you give me a little history...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: Tribute to a “Hero in Overalls”

    Classes were dismissed early on the afternoon of April 12, 1907, so that students and teachers at Shortridge High School could attend a funeral in the school’s auditorium, Caleb Mills Hall. The deceased individual was an...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Indianapolis’ First Public Schools

    Reader’s Question: What were the first public schools in Indianapolis, and where were they located?  ~ Ann F., Indianapolis HI’s Answer:  From the time non-native settlers began to populate the area that in 1821 became the City...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Northwest Corner of Illinois and 34th Streets

    Reader’s Question: I’m interested in knowing what the building used to be that is located on the northwest corner of Illinois and 34th Streets.  I look forward to seeing what you discover. Thank you. ~...

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  • Posted in: Misc Mondays Misc. Monday: Early Indy High Schools

    Image: HI collection As a respite from the seemingly constant negative news about education and schools, we reflect, if only briefly, to our city’s early success as a place with beloved and highly regarded schools....

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Music Memory Contest

    Reader’s Question: I remember participating in a grade school activity back in the 1950s, called the Music Memory Contest.  I haven’t heard of it for many years, so I assume that the program no longer exists.  Can you provide a little history...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

    Historic Legacy * Education Resource * Local Treasure To some avid HI architecture fans, he might not be considered  the “favorite Indy Vonnegut,” but to others, it will always be author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. –who emerged as...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Kurt Vonnegut and the Red Key Tavern

    Reader’s Question: In recent weeks, I have seen several references on social media to an article that claims the Red Key Tavern was Kurt Vonnegut’s hangout.  Can you confirm or deny this information?  ~ Peter D., Indianapolis HI’s Answer: ...

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  • Posted in: Penny Post Penny Post: Shortridge High School

    Thumbing through stacks of postcards, on the hunt for pictures and stories from a particular town … in a particular time frame, I’ve discovered that it’s inevitable to find duplicates. Imagine the postcard rack in...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Renowned Egyptologist from Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: What can you tell me about Indianapolis-born Egyptologist George Reisner?  I’m interested in learning about his Indianapolis years.  ~ Peter Der Manuelian, Cambridge, Massachusetts HI’s Answer:  George Andrew Reisner Jr., is considered one of...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Interesting People Who Were From Indianapolis

    Reader’s Question: Could you provide some information about notable people who were from Indianapolis but did not remain in Indianapolis all of their lives.  ~ Hattie Byland, Riverside, California     HI’s Answer:  As Indianapolis-born author Kurt Vonnegut once...

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  • Posted in: Building Language Building Language: Ornament

    Ornament. I’ve realized I’ve thrown this architectural term around with some frequency without really analyzing what it means to the historic architecture of Indianapolis. Ornament is a broad term that applies to architectural detail that...

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