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Bookmark Indy Lunch and Learn: Indianapolis Drag History

June 16, 2021 | 12: 00 p.m. | Virtual

Bookmark Indy author Alan Helms grew up in Indianapolis during the 1940s and 1950s, and although his introduction to gay life primarily came after he left for New York City, LGBTQ+ people were living, working and building a community in his hometown. Stephen Lane will help us learn more about the LGBTQ+ community in Indianapolis during Helms’s time with a presentation of his graduate research on the long history of drag in Indianapolis, especially along Indiana Avenue. In addition to jazz musicians, from 1933 through the 1970s drag queens also graced the stages of the clubs that once populated Indiana Avenue, including the Madam Walker Theater.

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Partner: Stephen Lane

 

Magnificent Meridian Street Tour

June 29, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | 4270 North Meridian Street

We know you’ve gawked at all the houses while speeding along North Meridian Street in your car—now rediscover Indianapolis’s most famous thoroughfare with an up-close and personal walking tour. We’ll meet on the sidewalk outside the home of Booth Tarkington (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons) and head north, marveling at what the National Park Service calls “a living encyclopedia of American architecture from the roaring twenties.” Historian Jordan Ryan will serve as our host, pointing out the historic homes and telling the stories of the families who lived in them. Masks required.

Registration is required: https://meridiantour.eventbrite.com

Partner: Jordan Ryan

 

Magnificent Meridian Street Tour 2

June 30, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | 4270 North Meridian Street

We know you’ve gawked at all the houses while speeding along North Meridian Street in your car—now rediscover Indianapolis’s most famous thoroughfare with an up-close and personal walking tour. We’ll meet on the sidewalk outside the home of Booth Tarkington (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons) and head north, marveling at what the National Park Service calls “a living encyclopedia of American architecture from the roaring twenties.” Historian Jordan Ryan will serve as our host, pointing out the historic homes and telling the stories of the families who lived in them. Masks required.

Registration is required: https://magnificentmeridian2.eventbrite.com

Partner: Jordan Ryan

 

Bookmark Indy Happy Hour ft. Maurice BRoaddus

July 14, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Indianapolis City Market

Stop by the Indianapolis City Market west plaza to enjoy a beverage while listening to a reading from Bookmark Indy featured author, Maurice Broaddus and live music from Clint Breeze and the Groove. Maurice’s books will be for sale and signing.

RSVP: https://bookmarkindyhappyhour.eventbrite.com

 

The Lockerbie Promenade

July 20, 2021 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | 528 Lockerbie Street

Spend a pleasant summer evening on Lockerbie Street, the “dear little street” that James Whitcomb Riley called home and honored with a poem. We’ll gather at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, where the famed Hoosier Poet lived from 1893 to 1916, and enjoy guided tours and perhaps even a visit from Riley himself. Meanwhile, Marjorie Kienle, a longtime resident of the Lockerbie Square neighborhood who helped to revitalize it beginning in the 1970s, will lead walks through the neighborhood’s “cool shady coverts of whispering trees” and share its history. Masks required. 

Registration is required: https://lockerbiepromenade.eventbrite.com

Partners: James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Historic Urban Neighborhoods of Indianapolis

 

Meredith nicholson House party

July 29, 2021 | 5:00-9:00 p.m. | 1500 North Delaware Street

Join us at the Meredith Nicholson House for the unveiling of a new historical marker honoring Meredith’s life and writing. Stick around for complimentary tours of the house and meet characters from The House of a Thousand Candles.

Registration: https://meredithnicholson.eventbrite.com

Partner: Indiana Historical Society

 

Saturday at Central State

August 7, 2021 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. | 3270 Kirkbride Way

Explore the beginnings of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine in a historic setting. We’ll gather at the Indiana Medical History Museum, located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near-west side of Indianapolis. Executive Director Sarah Halter will lead tours through the museum, which is housed in the hospital’s former pathology building, and will share insights into treatment of mental illness in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll also tour the surrounding grounds, learning about the hospital’s history and efforts to redevelop the remaining buildings. Masks required.

Registration required: https://centralstate.eventbrite.com

Partner: Indiana Medical History Museum

 

Naptown Season One listening party

August 17, 2021 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | 5170 College Avenue

Join us at the Red Key for a listening party of Naptown Season One. We’ll grab a drink and listen to one of the episodes featuring Dan Wakefield and hosted by Susan Neville. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Dan and Susan questions about the podcast, their writing and more! Dan and Susan will also have their books available for sale and signing.

RSVP: https://bookmarkindyparty.eventbrite.com

 

Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop

August 21, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | 234 North Davidson Street

Hoosier kids in grades K-3 are invited to the Bookmark Indy Toy Workshop! Join us at the former Jacob Klein Bakery and General Store located in the historic Lockerbie Square neighborhood near downtown Indy. Together with Suzanne Walker of the Indiana Young Readers Center, we’ll learn about Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, and about the history of the bakery and general store. We’ll experience some Raggedy Ann stories and have the opportunity create our very own toys. Registration for this event will open on July 1.

Partner: Indiana Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Library

 

A Celebration of Mari Evans on Indiana Avenue

August 24, 2021 | TBA | St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 720 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street

Let’s celebrate our literary maven, Mari Evans, on Indiana Avenue! Author Aleta Hodge will present a tribute with a jazz band playing some of her favorite tunes. Saxophonist Matthew Phemster, great-grandson of Mari Evans and keyboardist Carl Hines will share classic Indiana Avenue jazz. Registration for this event will open on July 1.
 
Partner: Aleta Hodge
 
 

Meet Mary

October 2, 2021 | 11:00 a.m -1:00 p.m. | Woodruff Place

Stop by the Bookmark Indy table at the Woodruff Place Flea Market for the chance to chat with Mary from The Magnificent Ambersons and learn about Woodruff Place in the early 20th century. Mary sees and hears all in the Amberson household, so bring your questions!

Partner: Indiana Historical Society

This event is weather permitting. Please check back on the day of the event for any updates. 

 

 

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