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 →

The voyage to America

Most residents of the Bremen area are descended from ancestors who came to America by ship between 1850 and 1930. This was the age of ocean liners. Prior to the invention of coal-powered steamships, voyages to America were by sailing… Continue Reading →

Historic depot & history center open Sunday, June 6

Both the Bremen Historic Depot and the the Bremen History Center will be open on Sunday June 6 from 2 to 4.
The depot and history center are open on the first Sunday of the month during the summer hours period, which extends from late spring to early fall.

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Are there fewer surnames than in the past?

In short, yes. Surnames, or family names, got started in Europe in the Middle Ages in large part because it was difficult for the government to keep track of people by given name only. This was because given names, or… Continue Reading →

2020 time capsule

Historic Bremen has put together a time capsule filled with items commemorating the year that was 2020. A lot happened last year: the COVID-19 pandemic, major road repairs lasting months, businesses closing temporarily or permanently, employees working from home, remote… Continue Reading →

1903: Bremen’s first automobile

In 1899, horseless carriages were the talk of the town. Studebaker ordered on from the Winton company and soon announced they would add horseless carriages to their carriage offerings. There was general disagreement over whether such contraptions would amount to… Continue Reading →

HBI annual meeting postponed

In light of the COVIC-19 resurgence and the imminent arrival of a vaccine, Historic Bremen will postpone its annual meeting of the membership normally held in January to a date to be named later. Post cards will be sent to… Continue Reading →

2005: Bremen’s painted hydrants

In 2005, Jacob Bennitt (currently serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Harry Truman) took pictures of 47 of the painted hydrants in Bremen. He used an early model of digital camera to capture the pictures for a school… Continue Reading →

Doc Bowen book

Historic Bremen newest publication is here! Otis R. Bowen; From Farm Boy to Governor: A Life, a 26-page biography of Indiana’s 44th governor (and long-time Bremen physician) has been released for distribution.  The book is intended for elementary children, particularly… Continue Reading →

Dean Kimble

We say goodbye to our friend Dean Kimble, who did three history chats for us on his life and family fur business. He was struck down in the prime of life at the age of 102. Dean was a woodworker… Continue Reading →

Oct 31: Bremen arts and crafts meeting

What is Bremen Arts Collective? Currently, it’s a spark of idea, sort of like kindling, just waiting for artisans, makers, craftspeople, and art lovers like you to ignite it with your input and ideas! Join us at 1:00 p.m. on… Continue Reading →

Jim Anderson

We say goodbye to our friend, Jim Anderson, a regular at our Sharing Bremen Memories sessions, and a great guy with a sharp mind at 98. Jim was an avid photographer and shared with us a number of wonderful slides… Continue Reading →

Grove-Schlemmer collection

Brenda [Grove] Vergauwen visited the history center recently with an interest in the history of her small barn, which dates to around 1900 and must have served as a carriage house when the northwest side of Bremen was sparsely populated…. Continue Reading →

1940: Bremen Firemen’s Festival

COVID-19 put the kibosh on Bremen’s annual Firemen’s Festival, which had seen annual festivities since 1940. The Bremen Agricultural Society had run a popular agricultural fair in the fall from 1889 to 1919; the fair grounds were sold in 1920…. Continue Reading →

1889 & 1927: “The Good Old Days”

A reminder that the “good old days” are generally just whenever the speaker was a child, and the people who really remember the old days didn’t think they were so good.

Tax Relief for Heritage Barns

Do you have a barn built before 1950 that is of post-and-beam construction using wood pegs? The Indiana Tax Code provides a property tax deduction for heritage barns like yours. (2) “Heritage barn” means a mortise and tenon barn that… Continue Reading →

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