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 and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The… Continue Reading →

Historic Depot Summer Hours: May 1, 2-4

Historic Bremen is resuming our summer hours for the Historic B&O Depot as well as the Bremen History Center. The depot will be open Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 PM and the first Sunday of the month until… Continue Reading →

1860s: Link & Fink sawmill ledger

Last year, we were given on loan-term loan a ledger of the Link & Fink sawmill in German township. It is filled with many Bremen-area names of customers who had logs sawn into lumber. It’s a fascinating document of a… Continue Reading →

Slide and Newspaper reader

A new addition to Historic Bremen’s research capabilities is the Kodak Slide N Scan, which allows us to view and capture slides and film. This is valuable, because the Bremen Enquirer has only been scanned by up to 1964…. Continue Reading →

Dan Shuppert school sports collection

Dan Shuppert, long-time Bremen English teacher and counselor, allowed us to add his collection of sports teams he coached over the years to our digital collection. The photos range from the early 1980s to the 2000s. Note: Many of the… Continue Reading →

1978: B&O Train Derailment

Dudley Keyser snapped these slides of an 18-car B&O train derailment in Bremen in April of 1978. There were no injuries, but the electric power to Wakarusa and Nappanee was taken out for some time, and the cleanup of debris… Continue Reading →

1909: The mysterious murder of Enoch Highshew

Enoch Highshew was born and raised in Bremen. His parents and sisters remained here, but he left for opportunities in Plymouth and later Mishawaka. But early one morning, his teenage son found him in the family buggy, stone dead. It… Continue Reading →

1893 – Paper or plastic (or underpants)?

Girls dressed as boys & vice versa

One lark the teens of yesteryear would occasional indulge in was cross-dressing for fun. While usually reserved for Halloween and other parties, that wasn’t always the case. Click an image to open it in Flickr. Many persons in the pictures… Continue Reading →

1973: Lee Anglemeyer’s 1966 Ford Custom

Among the items bought to us by the Bremen Public Library are several copies of the Lion’s Roar, the high school newspaper put out during the 1970s. Here’s one issue’s “Grease Spot” column on Lee Anglemeyer’s 1966 Ford Custom car… Continue Reading →

Census records

Sometimes you can tell a lot about a family from a single census record. These are key records for anyone doing family history research and are readily available on (which requires a subscription) or (which is free). Take… Continue Reading →

1896 – Bremen posse captures a gang of desperate train robbers

We think of Bremen as a sleepy Midwestern town, but in the days before 1900, it could be as wild as any western town. Take the incident in April of 1896, when the call came to apprehend a gang of… Continue Reading →

Woodie’s Supermarket

Many Bremen residents will not be aware that the downtown was home to many grocery stores over the years. This includes the principle grocery store in Bremen for many years: Woodie’s Supermarket. Woodie Schramm’s grandfather Andrew came to America from… Continue Reading →

1976 – 5-8 yearbook

While yearbooks have been produced for Bremen High School every year since 1940 (and every four years before that, more or less, back to 1902), they were rarer for lower grades. But the 1976 US Bicentennial was a special year… Continue Reading →

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can support Historic Bremen thru Amazon? Amazon has the Smile program, which allows users to select a non-profit organization to support at no cost to the buyer. Just go to and select Historic Bremen… Continue Reading →

Who are you to me?

Many people wonder how people know other people who are related to them, but are unsure how or, at least, how to talk about them. Here is a handy chart that may help you label your relatives accurately. The basics… Continue Reading →

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