Historic Bremen

Bremen, Indiana

1986: Hands Across America

Hands Across America was a national event that benefited USA for Africa and local homeless charities. At 3 PM Eastern time on May 25, 1986—30 years ago today—6.5 million people held hands in a (sort of) continuous line from coast to coast.

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The Story of Hands Across America, introduced by Hill Street Blues star Daniel J Travanti…

History Chat season kicks off with Teghtmeyer on Lincoln

Tom Teghtmeyer kicked off the 2016 History Chats on May 17 with an interesting talk on the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. It was a well-attended and appreciated discussion.

Rest of the 2016 schedule:

June 16 — Maria Mikel on the Indiana Bicentennial progress
July 21 — Dick Kares on Bremen history
August 18 — Derek Jensen on researching your family tree
September 15 — Mary Ellen Kauffman and Mariam Hochstetler on Amish living
October 20 — Paul Hirstein on the 1976 Bicentennial

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History Chat: Tom Teghtmeyer on Abe Lincoln


The next history chat will feature Tom Teghtmeyer, discussing Abraham Lincoln, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Please enter by the old bank entrance at the corner of Plymouth and Center.

Those who attend find the talks very interesting. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

Acquisition: memories from the library

The Bremen Public Library has recently donated to a number of wonderful artifacts to Historic Bremen, many of which are available and on display now.

These include a number of photographs that date to the turn of the 20th century. Among them are photos of various bands, baseball teams, the fire department, and foundry workers, and even the 1910 construction of the Dietrich Hotel where the History Center is located. There are also an album of home economics club photos and a 1946 Lutheran church 100th anniversary history, as well as a 1971 Bremen centennial scrapbook with many photos. Continue reading “Acquisition: memories from the library”

Sharing Bremen Memories: May 24

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on May 24 at 10:00 a.m. These are unguided discussions with refreshments. Please enter by the old bank entrance at the corner of Plymouth and Center.

Your memories make the talks more interesting. Feel free to bring photos. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

History Talk: Charles Schramm on the Woodie’s grocery store

Woodie Schramm came to Bremen from Warsaw in 1944 and bought the Home Cash Grocery from Lester Koontz. In 2014, Woodie’s son Charles gave a History Chat talk at the Bremen History Center on the history of the business and provided photos and additional information incorporated here. Our thanks to Charles and all the folks at Woodie’s!

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2016: Pizza Hut to rebuild

The Pizza Hut building on the northeast corner of Plymouth & Marshall was knocked down today to make way for a somewhat larger building in August that will reportedly have a little dine-in space. The work is being done by M&S Excavating, with Felderman out of Fort Wayne as the contractor.

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Historic Depot open May 14

The Bremen Historic B&O Depot will be open from 10AM to 1PM on Saturday, May 14, for the National Register’s sites and cultural locations driving tour. Take advantage of the opportunity and come out to see the depot in the nice weather.

History Center open May 1

The Bremen History Center will be open on May 1 from 2-4 PM. Come in and see the exhibits, get a virtual tour of our digital collection, or get help looking up your family tree!

It is our plan to be open on the first Sunday of the month (2 to 4) as well as Tuesdays 10-2 throughout the summer. Bring your photos or artifacts!

The Bremen Greens & old-time baseball

At the turn of the 20th century—back when the game was spelled “base-ball” and the word “fans” was printed in quotation marks to show it was just slang—Bremen fielded multiple fine baseball teams that played all over Michiana. Their names, and their opponents’, mostly reflected the color of their socks: blue, white, black, gray, red… But the best of them was the Bremen Greens, led by Art Carbiener. Carbiener’s father was the prominent businessman Jacob Carbiener, who was a part of the Bremen Cement Block & Tile Company and held various public offices. Continue reading “The Bremen Greens & old-time baseball”

Paul Hirstein

Paul Hirstein and wife and long-time friend George Cox visited the Bremen History Center on Tuesday. George taught science at Bremen Junior High until 1978. Paul was a member of the Bremen Water Department in the 1970s and, along with Charlie Sauter, got the standpipe listed as a national water landmark in 1975 and took the top honor that year. If you were around, you might remember him on horseback dressed as Paul Revere in honor of the 1976 Bicentennial. Continue reading “Paul Hirstein”

1909: Take care of your horse, lover boy

Winter has come to an end here but in October of 1909, it was coming on with a vengeance. The cold snap led to this harsh reminder for young Romeos who let their horses stand in the cold while they go a-courtin’. Continue reading “1909: Take care of your horse, lover boy”

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