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Madame Walker Theatre
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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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Exclusive: About That Giant Ball On Parks and Rec Last Night

A prop from a new episode could revive interest in a long-lost bit of Indiana history.

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Social Media: Historic Photos from the Indianapolis Press Club

When Prohibition ended, the boozy, bawdy days of the Indianapolis Press Club began. Patrons favored a martini “so potent that on the third sip” their tongues would be “paralyzed,” according to one account.

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Indiana Trails: Gimme Shelter (With a Past) in Hoosier National Forest

The term “middle of nowhere” might have been coined for spots like Hemlock Cliffs, a trail leading through an oasis of sandstone bluffs designated a “special place” by Hoosier National Forest officials for its striking and rare features.

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At Home: Joanna Taft's Library

The Harrison Center for the Arts executive director unwinds in this cozy Herron-Morton Place retreat, where pieces from bookshelf frills to vintage trinkets convey a meaningful narrative.

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30 for 30: The Most Memorable Moments in Indy Colts History

In 30 years, Indy has shared as many good times—and bad—with our Colts as Baltimore ever did. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. Most of all, though, we’ve cheered.

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Sneak Preview: New Baseball History Exhibit Hits Home Run

The exhibit includes a picture of women playing baseball in the 1890s, five decades before the movie characters portrayed by Geena Davis and Madonna had a “League Of Their Own” during World War II.

Street Savvy Monument Circle
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Street Savvy: Monument Circle

Where to find peace and quiet, exclusive concerts, and the best lunch in the heart of downtown.

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Common Threads Between Indy and Tijuana

It turns out that the border town modeled its street plan after the Circle City’s in 1889.

Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana
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The Story of Us

In the introduction, Madison explains that he set out merely to “update” his first comprehensive account of the state’s past, published in 1986. “But simply updating that book proved unwise,” he writes. “Because Indiana has changed. So has the knowledge of our past.”

The Gateway Arch St. Louis
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Traveler: St. Louis Turns 250

Local artists have decorated 250 fiberglass birthday cakes strategically positioned all around town.

Steamboat
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Big Ideas From Indy's Past

Talk about a Hail Mary. In 1982, city leaders built an NFL stadium without a team.

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All Hail the County Fair!

The beribboned road leading to that neon-lit crescendo of summer, the Indiana State Fair, may provide an even better reflection of our agricultural heritage—and inspire the next generation to embrace it.

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Picker's Paradise: Indiana Landmarks Treasure Hunt

On July 12, Indiana Landmarks hosts its annual Treasure Hunt. Above, a few of the items we’d like to add to our chest.   Photos by Tony Valainis This article appeared in the July 2014 issue. 

The Inventorialist
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Street Savvy: Dorman Street

A hilly spot with a skyline view perfect for watching the Fourth of July fireworks over downtown, and the edge Flat 12 Bierwerks has on Sun King.

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