Indianapolis Bicentennial Blogs

In 2003, Dr. James Glass began to write monthly columns for the Indianapolis Star on heritage in Indianapolis.
Over the next 16 years, he wrote over 80 columns highlighting aspects of Indianapolis history,
historic places, and cultural heritage that sometimes are overlooked.

For the Indianapolis Bicentennial, he will be offering some of these columns as blog posts on this website.
They will be published several times a month from June, 2020 through December, 2021 and will be shared on Twitter.

Column that appeared in the Indianapolis Star on

Would you like to connect with your roots? Find out about people who shaped the world you live in? Savor the decorative tastes and furnishings of households a hundred years ago? Teach your kids something about the lives of their great-grandparents? All this can be done at house museums.

Indianapolis downtown has three house museums where a sense of the past is especially strong: the James Whitcomb Riley Home at 528 Lockerbie Street; the Benjamin Harrison Home at 1230 North Delaware Street; and the Morris-Butler House at 1204 North Park Avenue.

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Column that appeared in the Indianapolis Star on

African Americans have been an important part of the Indianapolis story since the city was founded, but until recently African American heritage has tended to be under-appreciated and under-preserved. The historic center of the Black community—the northwest section of downtown Indianapolis—has lost many of its landmarks and neighborhoods, and the records of families, businesses, churches, schools, and social organizations have frequently not been preserved.

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Did you ever think about what makes Indianapolis an interesting place to live? Probably you would say pro sports, Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard, live music, museums, performing arts, symphony, theater productions, art galleries, zoo, antique shops, lectures, parks, and restaurants with lots of themes. Would you include heritage on your list? What is it? Why would it be on such a list?

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