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.