Christmas in pioneer Indianapolis was a private and almost invisible holiday.
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.
“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?”
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’”.
Urban planner George Kessler raved about the Circle City's diagonal thoroughfares and plentiful waterways, but bemoaned its hands-off attitude toward growth.
A weary landmark in Riverside Park is a far cry from the vision Thomas Taggart had for Indianapolis as its mayor from 1895-1901.
Taylor’s soft-focus, sepia-colored photographs of tranquil domestic interiors were featured in an eight-page spread in Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine.
The first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Washington was also the Circle City’s first Congresswoman.
When the longest-serving Republican Senator perished in a plane crash in August 2010, obituaries recalled the Alaska legislator’s Hoosier roots.
Alexander Ralston built the first Governor's mansion in Indianapolis’s center circle; Governor James B. Ray, however, refused to live in it.