Author Derek Jensen

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 →

2019 – Google Street View of Bremen

If you’re not familiar with Google Street View, it is a feature of Google Maps that shows the view along roads and streets from the perspective of Google’s trucks that bristle with cameras. As the truck moves, it periodically takes… Continue Reading →

Old Lutheran Church renovation – open house March 8, 3 PM

This week, Historic Bremen purchased the old Lutheran Church on South Street known as The Gathering Place. The property had been owned and cared for by Kent Koontz since 2002. In addition, for the past 60 days, a volunteer group… Continue Reading →

Historic Bremen annual meeting

The annual meeting of the members of Historic Bremen will be on Thursday, January 23, at 6:30PM at the old Lutheran church on E South St. Refreshments will be served. The speaker will be Dale Borkholder, who grew up Amish… Continue Reading →

1903 – Organ destruction

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