Historic Bremen

Bremen, Indiana


Derek Jensen

Historian, film lover, and bon vivant

Summer Hours: Visit the Depot!

The Historic Bremen B&O Train Depot is open on the first Sunday of the month from May to October. Visit from 2-4 PM on these days: June 4 July 2 August 6 September 3 October 1 The Bremen History Center... Continue Reading →

The Storied History of La Parilla Caliente

About 1882, German-born John Wilhelm came to Bremen and built a small, wood-framed shop for his merchant tailor trade. This he worked in for about 20 years before selling out to Louis Gerber--a young and industrious tailor--in 1902. Gerber moved... Continue Reading →

History Chat: Wayne Helmuth on Clockmaking on Saturday June 10, 2 PM

On Saturday, June 10, at 2 PM, Wayne Helmuth will our first History Chat speaker for the new season. Wayne is a clockmaker in the Rentown area. He and his wife Erma run MintCity Millwork on Birch Road. Later History... Continue Reading →

Have your class reunion at the history center!

If your high school class is having a class reunion, consider having a reception at the Bremen History Center. We usually host three or four class reunions each summer and provide two or three docents and access to our yearbooks... Continue Reading →

Remembering Roger Mikel

Historic Bremen volunteer Roger Mikel has passed away. Roger spent many hours at the history center and depot over several years, telling stories and reminiscing about Bremen's past. He helped create our opera house exhibit and made PVC mannequins we... Continue Reading →

1897 & 2023 – W Plymouth St

You may have noticed the renovations happening on the north side of W Plymouth street lately. Baker insurance got a new facade, and the Dog Lb is being fully renovated inside and out. Bremen can be proud of the way... Continue Reading →


It seems like winter in Bremen just doesn't feature the snow we used to have in the old days. What we get melts off in a day or two. But here's a reminder that that didn't used to be the... Continue Reading →

2022: Stranger Things crop art in Woodland

The location was kept quiet, so it slipped by at the time, but the Netflix show Stranger Things commissioned a piece of crop art last summer to promote its new season. Artist Stan Herd worked with the show's art director... Continue Reading →

1960s: Teen Hop

The Teen Hop got started in 1960 on the second floor of the (present) Encore Consignment building, where the bowling alley formerly was, on E Plymouth St. It soon moved across the street to the former Stewart Bakery building (now... Continue Reading →

1918: Happy New Year

At the end of 1918, the armistice had just been signed on November 11, and Americans were looking forward to a brighter future.

1929 – Christmas hunting and gifts

In 1929, the Senff family gathered for Christmas at their farm on 6th Rd, in the southeast corner of German township. The ladies posed with their gifts, which included a coffee pot, and the men posed with their catch, a... Continue Reading →

1973: St Joe Street Becomes Bowen Avenue

Bremen residents were awfully proud of their family doctor getting elected governor of the whole state. The moment he was elected, they decided to name a street for him. The one they chose was on the west side and had... Continue Reading →

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