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Indiana Bicentennial: Hoosier Hall of Fame

On December 11, 2016, our state officially marked its bicentennial. To honor the occasion, IM names the 200 people, places, things, and moments that make us proud.

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Full Flower: An Artist’s Historic Brown County Gardens Bloom Again

A trained artist steeped in Impressionism’s celebration of plein air painting and vivid colors, Selma Steele brought a designer’s sensibility to the landscaping and planting of hillsides and meadows on the property.

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Fruits of the Loop: An Unsung Milestone in Indy’s Downtown Development

Even before its grand opening, the inner loop—31 miles of interstate within I-465, built at a cost of nearly $300 million—had begun paying downtown dividends.

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Road Trip: Detroit Is Back

Need a weekend getaway? Time to rethink Detroit.

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Rick Mears on the Indy 500 Win That Got Away

You’re fighting for fractions of a second all the time out there. That isn’t even a blink of an eye, but at the speeds you race at, that turns into footage. Half a car length, a car length—whatever it was. In my eyes, it was a mile.

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Photos from the First Indy 500 in 1911

In one image, a sampling of the 80,000-plus spectators take in the action from the fourth turn, some in the north grandstands and others from their own vehicles. Some fans appear somewhat more debauched—particularly the gentleman to the right of the rutted roadway who appears to be unconscious.

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History Doesn’t Sell: Kurt Vonnegut Home Drops Price

The price on the Vonnegut home has been lowered from $899,000 two years ago, to $674,900, after a price cut earlier this year. And so it goes.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: Greatest Indiana Catchphrases

Call him the old-school Donald Trump: Elwood native Wendell Willkie won the GOP presidential nomination in 1940 by emphasizing his business cred as a CEO. Merrie Melodies used Willkie as a punchline a few years later, when Bugs Bunny said, “IT AIN’T VENDELL VILLKIE!”

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Jimmy Sullivan Was Here

Jimmy’s parents sent him to live at Muscatatuck in 1952. It was a state-run institution for people with developmental disabilities, a place where parents sent children with nowhere else to go.

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SOLD: Avriel Shull House in Carmel

Want to live in a midcentury-modern Avriel Shull gem? Here’s what it will cost you.

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Traveler: South Bend for Sports-Lovers

Even if you can’t get into a game, there is plenty of sports history and culture to be had in South Bend.

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Street Savvy: Plainfield

The heart of Plainfield holds one surprise (cool yarn shop!) after another (fantastic bike trail!).

In classier times (1946), drivers and divas alike wore gloves.
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Checkered Past: Indy 500 Fashion

Is there an article of clothing or certain material, utilitarian and distinctively Indy, that could give the 500 the signature fashion statement it’s missing?

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Speed Read: Putting on (L.S.) Ayres

To enter the exhibit, guests walk through a vintage photograph that appears to hang in midair.

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Black History Month: Five Fun Indy Outings

Celebrate both West African and African-American art, history, and culture from a Hoosier perspective.

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