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John Wanamaker

Did You Know? The History of Franklin Township, Part 1

It is always a challenge, when recounting the history of an area, to know where to begin. There are long stretches of our land’s past of which we have little or no historic record, including the hundreds of years that Native Americans inhabited…
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Did You Know? Marion County Fair

DID YOU KNOW? …that the Marion County Fair had its beginning as a Harvest Festival sponsored by the members of the New Bethel Baptist Church, Wanamaker, Indiana, on July 30, 1931? The first year, the planners closed the main street…
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Upcoming Event: Levi Coffin House Tour

Join the FTHS July 23 for a short road trip to the Levi Coffin house in Fountain City, Indiana. Called “the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad,” this 1839 home sheltered over 2,000 escaping slaves in its secret rooms….
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Civil War Bones?

Not directly related to Franklin Township, but today’s interesting history item comes from the Indianapolis Star: Apparently a visitor to Garfield park found some old human bones, and after investigation, IMPD believes they may be from a previously unknown Civil…
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On this date in 1899…

…Nothing of astounding historical significance happened in Indiana. BUT July 1, 1899 is the stated birthday of that famous (fictional) archaeologist Henry Walton Jones, Jr. You probably know him better as Indiana Jones. (Don’t call him Junior, though; he hates…
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On this date in 1816…

On June 29, 1816, Indiana’s first state constitution was completed, preparatory to its submission to Congress in petition for statehood. (The Indiana Territory was officially granted statehood by Congress in November; statehood became official December 11 of the same year.)…
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On this date in 1876…

On May 10, 1876, a 37-year-old Civil War veteran opened a small laboratory in a brick building at 15 W. Pearl St. to manufacture medicine. His 14-year-old son quit school to help him run the business, which they founded with…
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Historic Indianapolis: Then And Now

It has been a trend for a few years to do time-lapse photo comparisons — for example, look at a photo of your childhood home, and take a new picture from the same angle in present day to see what…
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Southern Indiana Lecture Series

If you’re interested in the history of the Ohio Valley (that’s southern Indiana), there is an upcoming series of lectures in Jeffersonville that might appeal to you. Full details at the following link: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120227/NEWS01/302270001/filson-lecture-series-indiana-history?odyssey=nav%7Chead