The Athenaeum

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Das Deutsche Haus, now known as the Athenaeum, is one of the great architectural and historic treasures of Indianapolis. Now recognized as a national landmark, it is emblematic not just of the culture of this great Midwestern city but also of the role of German immigrants, particularly die Freidenker (the freethinkers), who sought to build a community centered on secular ideas and family. It is a cathedral to healthy minds and bodies, boldness and ingenuity, and cultural inclusiveness and the arts. This building’s 19th-century founders would approve of the Athenaeum today—a multicultural center, throbbing with life, that unites a diverse community with its past and beckons a bright future. The structure looks the same as it did a century and a quarter ago and serves much the same purpose.
ISBN: 9781467104609
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 151
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Attorney Rick Hofstetter taught law and public policy at Indiana University and was the co-owner of Story, a pre–Civil War village in Brown County, Indiana. As the president of the Athenaeum Foundation, Inc., from 1991 to 1994, he saved and restored one of Indianapolis’s most distinguished historic landmarks. Jane Simon Ammeson has written and coauthored 15 books, including A Jazz Age Murder in Northwest Indiana, Holiday World, Miller Beach, and Brown County.
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