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 →

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 →

1913 – Streets paved with brick

The 2020 road work on SR 106 thru Bremen and related street work on Center Street has revealed the original brick paving on Bremen’s main streets. In 1911, the town began to consider the need to pave its streets, as… Continue Reading →

Heyde-Heckaman family

This author had the pleasure to sit down recently with Fran and Arden Druckamiller and go thru the Druckamillers’ Bremen relations. The Druckamillers themselves were from the Syracuse, Indiana, area, but they married into the Heyde-Heckaman family. They allowed Historic… Continue Reading →

2020 – Bremen Community Cares porch decoration contest

Bremen Community Cares is holding a porch decorating contest this year for Independence Day. Check out the flyer or go to their Bremen Community Cares Main Street on Facebook.

Historic depot closed for summer – History center open

Historic Bremen likes to open the Historic Bremen Depot on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, but with Marshall county having become a COVID-19 hot spot, we have decided not to open it this year. We continue… Continue Reading →

1918 – “Spanish influenza” pandemic comes to Bremen

In 1918, a new and virulent strain of influenza swept the world, killing tens of millions. The spread was worsened by the fact that Europe was embroiled in the Great War, later to be called World War One. Recruits came… Continue Reading →

Bremen History Center open

As of Tuesday, May 26, Bremen History Center will resume its regular hours: Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM. Feel free to come in or call Derek Jensen at 574-315-8327 for an appointment. We will wear masks and maintain social distancing for… Continue Reading →

2020: COVID-19

The Bremen History Center is still closed for the time being, as the COVID-19 coronavirus keeps most Americans at home. But we remain aware that history must be recorded in order to be preserved. So we have collected photos of… Continue Reading →

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