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June 18, 2012

 

vintage wedding cake topper

A Society Wedding In Early Indianapolis

A letter written from Indianapolis in June 1840 suggests that weddings of the rich and famous were as eagerly anticipated almost two centuries ago as today.

May 14, 2012

 

1940s Teenagers

Teenage Patriots In Wartime Indianapolis

“Is the youth of today too happy? Is everything a joke?" wrote a teen. " Do our homes have to be bombed before we’ll realize that now is the time to prepare?”

December 12, 2011

 

Indiana Statehouse, 1860

The Second Statehouse: From Greek Revival to Greek Ruin

Indiana's ill-fated second statehouse was acclaimed as “’the nearest approach to the classical spirit of the antique yet instanced in the Western hemisphere’”.

September 19, 2011

 

White River State Park

Reenvisioning The City Of Streams

Urban planner George Kessler raved about the Circle City's diagonal thoroughfares and plentiful waterways, but bemoaned its hands-off attitude toward growth.

June 6, 2011

 

taggartmemorial

Refreshing The Memory Of A Parks Pioneer

A weary landmark in Riverside Park is a far cry from the vision Thomas Taggart had for Indianapolis as its mayor from 1895-1901.

May 16, 2011

 

Mary Lyon Taylor, edit

Through A Glass Negative, Darkly

Taylor’s soft-focus, sepia-colored photographs of tranquil domestic interiors were featured in an eight-page spread in Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine.

November 15, 2010

 

Julia Carson

Ms. Carson Goes to Washington

The first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Washington was also the Circle City’s first Congresswoman.

September 6, 2010

 

Ted Stevens, United States Senator

The Hoosier Roots of the 49th State

When the longest-serving Republican Senator perished in a plane crash in August 2010, obituaries recalled the Alaska legislator’s Hoosier roots.

January 4, 2010

 

Alexander Ralston and the Plan for Indianapolis

Alexander Ralston built the first Governor's mansion in Indianapolis’s center circle; Governor James B. Ray, however, refused to live in it.

June 22, 2009

 

20th-Century Archaeology

One tends to think of archaeological excavation in the context of ancient Roman ruins, but there’s plenty to be learned from a dig in the backyard.

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