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Holiday World brings back iconic first ride

What do you give a park for its 70th birthday? If you’ve been around the block a few times, you already know that Holiday World started out as Santa Claus Land, with an opening day of August 3, 1946. That’s Read more >

Stephenson’s General Store: 100 Years of History

We rolled through Leavenworth around lunchtime–and everyone was a bit cranky (me included). We needed food! Stephenson’s General Store was calling! Read more >

Calendar Highlights Switzerland County’s History, Benefits Bicentennial

When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, Switzerland County began the countdown to the October 4-13, 2013 Bicentennial honoring its county seat. Read more >

Be Active, See Indy!

What “rapper” lived in Lockerbie? What was in the middle of Monument Circle before the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument? And why is College Avenue called that anyway? You can learn the answer to these questions and much more while enjoying Read more >

Richmond’s Downtown Walking Tour Offers an Insight into Indiana’s Early Years

I used to work in downtown Richmond, in an old movie theater that had been nicely redesigned to house Center City Development’s Innovation Center.  My office overlooked a lovely street-scape of brick sidewalks, old-style lampposts, curving streets, and interesting, old Read more >

Conner Prairie Opening Weekend

It’s opening weekend this weekend (March 27 & 28) at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. They’re kicking off their 2010 outdoor season with several new programs and interactive experiences. Some of their new daily programs will include: Wednesdays are Grandparents Read more >

Trail of Courage Festival – Fulton County

My friend Jake told me about the Fulton County Trail of Courage, the weekend of September 19 – 20, the living history festival of pre-1840 re-enactors. The participants will host historic encampments and re-enact the French and Indian War, Seven Read more >

Conner Prairie’s Newest Exhibit: 1859 Balloon Voyage

Conner Prairie’s newest exhibit will sweep you and your family away. Literally. Starting in June 2009, the 1859 Balloon Voyage will launch, carrying visitors 350 feet above the interactive history park. “1859 Balloon Voyage will tell the remarkable story of Read more >