Historic Bar Crawl

The annual Historic Bar Crawl brings Hoosier history to life in a fun and indelible way by combining moments from the city's past with local libations!

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Crawls feature actors from the Indiana Historical Society re-imagining important moments in Indiana history. Attendees imbibe local beers, signature cocktails and thematically-appropriate snacks, while getting a glimpse into historic stories and surprising venues around Indianapolis. Theme and tickets are announced each spring.

2017 HISTORIC BAR CRAWL

Get ready to groove through Indy on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 from 6 – 9 p.m.

More details on the theme and tickets to be announced soon.

2016 HISTORIC BAR CRAWL

 

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Secret agents joined us for a mission on June 21 and 22 through Cold War Indianapolis (circa 1948-late 1950s). Our intelligence officers helped train them to be on the lookout for suspicious activity – specifically spies and Communist sympathizers trying to infiltrate the heartland – and we met the brave men and women whose vigilance kept Indianapolis safe from the Red Menace. The fourth annual historic bar crawl, themed “Duck & Cover,” once again featured Indiana Historical Society actors re-imagining scenes from Indy’s past.

We noshed on thematically appropriate snacks and imbibed on drinks provided by Sun King Brewing Company while we visited four locations: Hirons & Company’s rooftop — where we met a member of the Ground Observer Corps keeping an eye on the sky; St. Mary’s Catholic Church — the real site of the first meeting of the Indiana chapter of the ACLU; Union 50 — where we met a young man eager to start his new job at the Naval Avionics Facility on Indy’s Eastside; and Indy Reads Books — where we learned about Rebecca Pitts, a professor who may have been fired thanks to her Communist sympathizing. The pre- and post-event gatherings were held at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

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2015 HISTORIC BAR CRAWL

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For two days in June, bar crawlers journeyed through the history of Indianapolis’ working people, the city they built and the legacy they left—all with beer in hand. After clocking in at historic Union Station, revelers witnessed an 1880s economic depression that put thousands out of work, the outbreak of a 1913 streetcar riot, a 1930s Don’t Shop Where You Can’t Work campaign and local Lake Central stewardesses leading the nation’s first airline workers’ strike! Special thanks to Sun King Brewing and City Way.

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2014 HISTORIC BAR CRAWL

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Indianapolis’ shadier side was the focus of the second annual bar crawl, as participants experienced a recreated John Dillinger raid, visited the site of a 1910s brothel, witnessed the FBI take down a 1950s “most wanted fugitive” and listened in on the closing arguments of the D.C. Stephenson trial. Special thanks to Sun King Brewing.

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2013 HISTORIC BAR CRAWL

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The cityscape and technology may have changed, but many of the topics we debate have not. Participants toured 100 years of Indianapolis history, including the catacombs hidden beneath the City Market, the city’s oldest bar, a historic transit hub and timely watering holes. Stories explored critical issues such as human sexuality, transit, economic woes, and foreign policy along the way. Special thanks to Sun King Brewing.

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