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 →

Woodie’s Supermarket

Many Bremen residents will not be aware that the downtown was home to multiple 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 as… 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 →

1921 – Daredevil dies in parachute jump at Lake of the Woods

Victor Brunner was a Mishawaka man who served in World War 1 as a balloon scout in Panama. He sat in a balloon tethered to the ground and scanned the skies for enemy aircraft. In case of emergency, he could… Continue Reading →

New equipment

Historic Bremen has acquired a new piece of equipment, a double-size scanner capable of scanning photos and documents up to 12″x18″. 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 →

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