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Indiana German Heritage Society collection

Identifier: L603

Scope and Contents

This collection includes pamphlets, flyers, a scrapbook, and photographs, programs, and clippings removed from 8 display boards from the Indiana German Heritage Society in Indianapolis, Indiana, ranging from 1988 to 2016 regarding the sister city relationship between Indianapolis and Cologne, Germany. There are also 2 DVDs of "Indiana Seen: Photographic images by Lee Lewellen" and an oversize folder (OBC076) with 3 photographs taken by Lee Lewellen; 3 maps with locations where the "Indiana Seen" photographs were taken; and an Indiana Economic Development Association business card for Lewellen, ranging from 1996 to 2016.


  • 1988-2016


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Indiana German Heritage Society was founded on March 16, 1984 as a non-profit statewide historical and educational membership organization headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The offices and meeting rooms are located in the historic Das Deutsche Hause-Athenaeum at 401 East Michigan Street. Meetings are lead by a volunteer board of directors. The society is nonpolitical, looking at "German" not in terms of present political boundaries but in terms of ethnic traditions of culture and language.

Their work includes promoting the interest of the German-American heritage of the state and the nation, fostering friendly relationships with German-speaking countries. They encourage and support preservation and the celebration of the heritage through vigorous research and publications. They are affiliated with the Max Kade German-American Center of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, supporting the center’s academic activities (teaching, service to community and German Studies, research, publication and dissemination of research results).

Historical Note

In 1989, Mayor William H. Hudnut and the City of Indianapolis passed a special resolution recognizing the Indianapolis and Cologne, Germany partnership based on mutual interests, including arts, education, sports, economic development, government, trade and tourism. Several members from the Indiana German Heritage Society helped develop this important partnership, including Christel DeHaan, Giles Hoyt, Gerald Lamkin, William McGowan, Frank McKinney, Robert Mohlman, Horst Winkler, John Krauss, Marianne McCullough, Alice Hillis, and Betty Christian.


0.36 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Louise Lamkin on 2014/10/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/11/07 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2014/11/07 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection reprocessed and addition processed 2023/09/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2023/09/14 by Brittany Kropf.



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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.