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 →

Swank-Bates photo collection

Last Sunday, this author had the pleasure of sitting with Kenneth Swank and looking through his family collection of more than 200 old photographs that stretch back 150 years. His great-grandfather, Jacob Swank, married Alice, a daughter of James Bates…. Continue Reading →

1906: Senff log cabin

A small collection of photos was recently gifted to this author from a second cousin, and it includes a terrific picture of my great-great-grandparents’ in front of their log cabin. I’ve occasionally remarked that Historic Bremen has no photos of… Continue Reading →

Sharing Bremen Memories

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on August 22 at 9:30 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, artifacts, and other memories. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on August 22 at 9:30 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… Continue Reading →

Dick Kares collection of Bremeniana

The August meeting of the Historic Bremen board took place at the home of Dick Kares, who graciously entertained the board with a tour of his collection of Bremen memorabilia collected over many years. Click the < and > icons… Continue Reading →

125th anniversary of the Bremen standpipe

Today, August 11, 2017, is the 125th anniversary of the Bremen standpipe water tower. Bremen’s historic standpipe was built in 1892. “Standpipe” is an old term for “water tower” that is now more commonly used for fire hose connections attached… Continue Reading →

1887: Among the Breakers

George Melville Baker was a prolific Boston playwright and novelist in the 19th century, producing some 90 plays and three playwrights and novelists (two daughters and a son). Among them was one from 1873 that became the top-selling amateur drama… Continue Reading →

Joe Cirillo & the Bremen Music Center

Among the attendees of the reunion of the class of 1967 who visited the Bremen History Center on Saturday was Bob Cirillo, whose family left Bremen in 1957. He reconnected with people he hadn’t seen since third grade, and was… Continue Reading →

Sharing Bremen Memories

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on July 25 at 9:30 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, artifacts, and other memories. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on July 25 at 9:30 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… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Dean Kimble on growing up in the 1920s & 30s

Dean Kimble, son of Walter and Bertha [Dettbrenner] Kimble, gave a wonderful talk in 2009 on growing up in Bremen in the 1920s and 30s. Among other things, he talked about his grandfather, blacksmith August Dettbrenner, as well as his… Continue Reading →

Then & Now: John Hoeh farm

At the turn of the 20th century, the Koontz/Kuntz brothers—sons of Adam Kuntz, Jr—became, among other things, photographers. One of the things they did in that occupation was photograph neighbors’ farms northeast of Bremen. Some of these old photos survive,… Continue Reading →

Sharing Bremen Memories

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on June 27 at 9:30 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, artifacts, and other memories. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on June 27 at 9:30 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… Continue Reading →

1887: Forepaugh’s elephant

Circuses criss-crossed America to great fanfare, few more impressive than that of Adam Forepaugh and his elephant-trainer son, Addie, Jr. Forepaugh’s Circus & Wild West Show was second only to PT Barnum’s, and a great rivalry arose between them. Barnum’s… Continue Reading →

In memoriam: WW2 servicemen and women

After World War 2, it was common to compile a book of those in the community who served in the war, both to record and commemorate their service, and to celebrate the sacrifice of those who didn’t return. German township… Continue Reading →

Acquisition: Post Office safe

The Schneider family has graciously donated the Mosler safe that once occupied the Bremen Post Office back in the 1930s to ’50s. It held the various official seals, stamps, and cash drawer used every day, in addition to a pistol…. Continue Reading →

1902: Ben Shaffer gets Bremen some artillery

Through the efforts of Bremen’s Grand Army of the Republic post (Civil War vets), led by Ben Shaffer, Bremen got its cannon for the cemetery in 1902. Click on any image to view a larger version. Benjamin Shaffer (1844-1912) had… Continue Reading →

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