Historic Bremen

Bremen, Indiana

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Marylin (Cripe) Haines family collection

Brandon Rowe has passed along a digital album of wonderful school photos from the 1920s and ’30s, when his grandmother’s sister, Mary Young, was a teacher. Many of these are her personal copies, and she labeled the students. The collection… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Don Bunge

The first History Chat of 2019 is Don Bunge, Bremen’s long-time football coach and teacher, on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Please enter by the old bank entrance at the corner of Plymouth and Center. Those who attend… Continue Reading →

Genealogy night at the history center

Come to the Mural Room in the Bremen Senior Apartments on June 5 at 6:30 for a genealogy talk by Derek Jensen. This is presented in conjunction with the library as an extension of their Genealogy 101 program in February…. Continue Reading →

Sharing Bremen Memories May 23

The first "Sharing Bremen Memories" session of the year will be May 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Mural Meeting Room at 103 W. Plymouth St. These gatherings are always on the fourth Thursday of the month in spring, summer, and fall.
Derek Jensen will facilitate the session using the websites picture, maps, and newspaper clippings. Not only will memories be discussed, you will see many of them on the screen. Everyone interested in hearing and discussing Bremen memories is invited to attend.
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.


Dietrich-Sheetz family collection

In late April, this author met with Phyllis [Sheetz] Borkholder, who offered a large number of digital photos and some physical photos for our collection. These included a family scrapbook and four family photo collections that include Sheetz, Berger, and… Continue Reading →

RCA Cunningham Radiotron radio tube boxes

Bill Parton of Sturgis, MI, sent us a box of boxes. They appear to be little boxes that, when assembled in order, form a kind of representation of a larger box of the sort that would have contained an RCA… Continue Reading →

Old Lutheran church as community center

Bremen Community Cares and Historic Bremen, along with Expressions Dance Studio, invite you to come to the old Lutheran church at 214 E South St on April 22, 2019, at 6 PM for a discussion of saving and renovating the… Continue Reading →

Then & Now: E Plymouth service station

Prior to the 1930s, the north side of E Plymouth St was fully developed along the 100 block. Some of those buildings are still there, albeit greatly changed, but the ones at the east end are all gone. In 1935,… Continue Reading →

A request for yearbooks

Historic Bremen has a collection of yearbooks in its office library and in its reference shelf in the history center itself. But we have fewer copies than we’d like for both areas, and in some cases we have none at… Continue Reading →

1898: murder, mines, and melodrama (and cross-dressing)

In one photo of the old agricultural fair’s harness racing event, you can see the judges’ stand draped with an advertisement for the Bremen Opera House production The Silent Witness, by Forbes Heermans (apparently attributed to Horace C Dale by… Continue Reading →

The Marshall St grocery

In 1909, a building was removed to make room for a new hotel built by Peter E Dietrich, a building which today houses the Bremen Senior Living apartments and the Bremen History Center. The old building was moved to N… Continue Reading →

Valentine by postal proxy

The Enquirer published this little pre-Valentine tale January 30, 1886. How much of it is true is impossible to tell. The postmaster at the time was John Bauer, Jr., who would have been 49. As a reminder that Bremen was… Continue Reading →

1971: Lions vs Panthers

A photo from the Bremen Enquirer collection. You can see others from the 1970s and ’80s in the Flickr album.

History Center closed for weather – 29 Jan 2019

The Bremen History Center is closed today due to weather. We expect to be open next Tuesday, Feb 5, as the weather improves.

1903: Tortillas come to Bremen

In 1898, America fought the Spanish-American War in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and islands in the Pacific, leading to further action in the Philippines and then the so-called Banana Wars in South and Central America. This introduced many Americans to Latin… Continue Reading →

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