The moving of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad depot

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The moving of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad depot

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Historic Bremen plans busy year
Fund-raising, depot project, other endeavors all on group's agenda

Tribune Staff Writer

BREMEN -- Historic Bremen Inc. is starting 2005 with a big meeting and a busy agenda, members say.

The group, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Bremen's history, will hold its annual membership meeting later this month.

During the meeting, members will receive an overall report and a financial report, and will also select three people to fill open seats on the nonprofit group's board of directors.

After that, the group looks forward to a year that members expect will include fund raising, the moving of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad depot, a search for a "history center," and the recruiting of various volunteers to help with other projects.

The depot moving and restoration project is one of Historic Bremen Inc.'s big goals.

Members are planning to have the depot, currently on Center Street, moved east to a plot of land off Indiana 106.

Once moved and renovated, the depot building will serve as a welcome and information center, as well as a reminder of Bremen's rich history, says R.T. Henke, treasurer of Historic Bremen Inc. It should feature various train-related memorabilia, he says.

But in addition, Henke says, members will be looking for space the group can use as a history center, to possibly store and display materials that reflect various aspects of the town's history.

And in addition to all that, fund raising will be necessary to help pay for the depot moving and restoration project.

Finally, Henke says, Historic Bremen Inc. welcomes volunteers to help on a number of projects and tasks.

These range from conducting oral history interviews and gathering photographs and various other items of historical interest to helping catalog items collected.

Henke and his wife, Virginia Henke, say much of the work on such smaller projects is done by board members and members of various committees that Historic Bremen Inc. sets up.

While the group currently boasts more than 70 members, the Henkes say, only a few people often do much of the work, and more help is always appreciated.

"We have really put together what is needed at this point," Henke says. "We need people to pick up the ball and run with it."


From left, R.T. Henke, Virginia Henke, and Heidi Krost, all members of Historic Bremen Inc., chat about upcoming endeavors that their group will be tackling this year. Group members expect 2005 to be a busy year for the group, which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Bremen's history.

Tribune Photo/ PAUL RAKESTRAW ... n_plan.sto


If you go

Historic Bremen Inc. will hold its annual member meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Bremen Senior Center, 103 W. Plymouth St.

During the meeting, there will be a presentation on the train depot project, an overall report for Historic Bremen Inc., a financial report for the group, and the election of three people to fill open seats on the group's board of directors.


How to help

To inquire about joining Historic Bremen Inc., or to volunteer to help with group projects, send a note to Historic Bremen Inc., P.O. Box 471, Bremen IN 46506, or call R.T. or Virginia Henke at (574) 546-4340.

To inquire about becoming a candidate for one of the three open seats on the group's board of directors, call Linda Mullen Clevenger at (574) 546-5466.


Merchandise available

DVD recordings of the 2004 Historic Bremen Inc. program "This is Your Life, Dr. Bowen" are available at Village Scribe Printing, 126 E. Plymouth St., Bremen. The cost is $20.

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