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 →

1851: The Klinger brothers survey Bremen

About 1850, Jacob BN Klinger (1819-1894) was elected surveyor of Marshall county, a post he would hold for 12 years. He engaged his much younger brother, Jeremiah M “Jerry” Klinger (1835-1911) to join him, and the two proceeded to survey… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Al Suttor on Bremen Bible Church

In 2010, Al Suttor gave a History Chat on the history of the Bremen Bible Church, which began in Bremen in 1924 as the Apostolic Christian Church. Click any image to view a larger version.

1902-1964: Christmas wishes thru time

The Enquirer began publishing children’s letters to Santa Claus in 1902, but it didn’t last long. It restarted in the 1930s and became a tradition. Click any image to view it larger.

Passing of Mel Sheley

Melvere “Mel” Sheley passed away Saturday, November 25.  Mel was instrumental in saving, moving and restoring the Bremen train depot and building the 155 feet of track in front. Mel was the last station agent at the Bremen depot. When… Continue Reading →

1936 – Grover Walter’s waterproof sportsuit

Grove Walter (1888-1945) was, in his youth, a baseball and fishing enthusiast and (with his father Frank) a pool hall and then confectionery proprietor. He married Nellie Ranstead and ran a dress shop in town. He eventually became proprietor of… Continue Reading →

Sharing Bremen Memories

The next Sharing Bremen Memories session will be on October 24 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.

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History Chat: Calvin Koontz on his life & family

The next history chat will feature Calvin Koontz discussing his life experiences and family, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Please enter by the old bank entrance at the corner of Plymouth and Center. Those who attend find the talks very interesting. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.

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Rouch-Schutz photo collection

Recently, this author had the pleasure of sitting with fellow Historic Bremen board-member Charlene Beery and looking through her family collection of more than 100 old photographs that stretch back more than 100 years. Her family, the Rouches, came to… Continue Reading →

Historic Depot and History Center open October 1

The Bremen Historic Train Depot on Douglas Road will be open from 2-4 p.m. on this coming Sunday, October 1, the first Sunday of the month. The Bremen History Center downtown will also be open, in addition to its usual… Continue Reading →

Hastings come to life

On Thursday, Sep 21, the Historic Bremen board and friends paid a visit to Lee Beer and family, who have assembled an unparalleled collection of log cabins and recreations of old-time shops. More than a dozen structures have been brought… 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.

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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 →

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