Historic Bremen

Bremen, Indiana

Visit the History Center and Historic Depot!

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The Bremen History Center is located at 111 N. Center St. in the one-time hotel/bank in the center of Bremen, Indiana. It is open to visitors, free of charge: Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The first Sunday of… Continue Reading →

Indiana Barn Quilt in Bremen

As promised, the Indiana Barn Quilt has come to Bremen this week! See it Friday and Saturday at the Bremen Quilt Show, along with more than 60 local quilts! First United Church of Christ 323 South Center Street Friday 1-6… Continue Reading →

1898: A mysterious injured French woman

The Marshall County Independent reported on a mysterious French woman found by the railroad tracks at Bremen back in September of 1898—118 years ago this week.

1904: Laloo the Wild Woman

The Bremen Enquirer ran the above humorous item August 11, 1904.

Indiana Barn Quilt coming to Historic Bremen!

The Indiana Barn Quilt was created as part of the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial this year. It features a quilt square depicting a barn from each of the 92 counties in Indiana. In September, it will be coming to… Continue Reading →

1946: the 100th anniversary of St Paul’s Lutheran Church

Among the artifacts donated to Historic Bremen by the Bremen Public Library was a comb-bound book celebrating the 100th anniversary of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bremen. It featured photographs of past and present ministers and church buildings, as well… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Derek Jensen on Researching Your Family History

The next history chat will feature Derek Jensen explaining how to research your family history online, on Thursday, August 18, 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.


History Chat: Kent Koontz on Koontz Hardware

This year, the Koontz family sold Koontz Hardware to Yoder Hardware of Shipshewana. In 2014, Kent Koontz gave a History Chat explaining the founding and history of the store that means so much to his family and residents of Bremen…. Continue Reading →

Jim Anderson collection

Jim Anderson recently passed along a number of marvelous scans of color slides he took in the 1950s. Many are Jaycees and camping trips, but also included are photos of the town and St Christopher’s Workshop, where Jim worked for… Continue Reading →

We’ve moved!

For more flexibility and control over the look and feel of the site, Historic Bremen has moved from HistoricBremen.org to HistoricBremen.com. Both addresses work, but the .org address will redirect to the .com site. Look for slight changes in the photo galleries and organization to come!


History Chat: Dick Kares & his amazing collection

The Thursday, July 21, History Chat featured Dick Kares showing and curating his extensive collection of Bremeniana. He brought just a small portion of his collection, including postcards, calendar, fire department ribbon, and other artifacts. There was a terrific turnout… Continue Reading →

The long history of the Bremen movie theater

Way back in 1910, when motion pictures were just getting a foothold in American culture, Carl Ponader and Otto Fries bought the 1888 William Huff building that was part of Huff’s hardware store (the Downtown’r restaurant in 2016). This is… Continue Reading →

1886: Carry him back to Tennesee

Bremen has always been a musical town, with top-notch bands, orchestras, performing  troupes. At times, it bubbled over into singing in the streets. Not always appreciated.

1940: Independence Day

With war with the Axis Powers looming, Bremen decided in 1940 to celebrate Independence Day properly for the first time since 1910: with a show of fireworks, bands, and more. Click the image to display a larger version. Fireworks could… Continue Reading →

Historic Depot and History Center open July 3

The Bremen Historic Train Depot on Douglas Road will be open from 2-4 p.m. on this coming Sunday, July 3, the first Sunday of the month. The Bremen History Center downtown will also be open, in addition to its usual… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Bill Butler on his WW2 tank service

Born in 1918, Bill Butler joined the US Army in 1941 and drove tanks in North Africa and Italy in some of the most momentous battles of the war. Our thanks to Bill!

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