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 →

New equipment

Historic Bremen has acquired a new piece of equipment, a legal-size scanner capable of scanning photos and documents up to 11″x17″. This makes it possible for us to scan oversize photos and two pages of most books. The Epson DS-50000… Continue Reading →

Class reunions

This year, Historic Bremen will host a record number of class reunions at the history center. Some reunions that were postponed from last year doubled up our events this year. The classes of 1970, 1971, and 1960 have already taken… Continue Reading →

2021 – Bremen Public Schools

Five years ago, this author visited Bremen High School and Bremen K-8 and photographed many of the rooms and hallways to create a record of our schools. This year, I returned to document the changes. Our thanks to the teachers… Continue Reading →

Nappanee newspaper digitized

The Nappanee Advanced-News has been digitized and is available from the Indiana State Library at their Hoosier State Chronicles website. It has been digitized thruout its whole history from 1879 to 2018 and is fully searchable.

1986: Hands Across America

Thirty-five years ago, in the summer of 1986, the United States of America embarked on an audacious plan: to create a human chain across the continent to raise awareness and funds for USA for Africa, the organization that produced the… Continue Reading →

1853: German Township school records

On July 20, Township trustee clerk Kim Baker dropped off several record books of trustee business over the years. One of them is the very first book of school business for the township, with records dating as early as 1853…. Continue Reading →

1889: Loafer discussions

Life moved a little slower in the 1800s, and on any given day you might find Bremen’s inhabitants chattering away on topics both light and heavy. Here is a collection from November, 1889. Theodore Bauer’s love of music caused him… Continue Reading →

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 one 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 →

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