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Marion County Historical Society * P.O. Box 2223 * Indianapolis IN 46206

Our Next Program

Wednesday, July 23, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Garfield Park - Margie Nackenhorst Memorial Walk

LOCATION: Garfield Park Pagoda


This year the Marion County Historical Society Garfield Park walk will focus on the south side of the park, the Pagoda, Southern Avenue and the historic property residential south of the park. The walk will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM and we will be meeting at the Pagoda. We will cover the following topics on the walk:

  1. Margie Nackenhorstís contribution to the park and neighborhood.
  2. How Southern Avenue received its name.
  3. History of the Yoke property and the building bearing the Yoke name.
  4. The novel A Competent Witness by Judith Nickels, a fictionalized account of a Yoke descendant who was married to the first known American serial killer.
  5. Center Township School history and its relationship to the area.
  6. Street car station.
  7. South park entrances.
  8. Former Alberta Place residences located at the far south east corner of the park.
  9. The Pagoda.
2015 Calendar

The Marion County Historical Society has finalized the schedule of events for 2015. Please visit our Events page for details:

Who We Are

The Marion County Historical Society (MCHS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1961 for all those interested in the history and culture of Marion County, Indiana. It was originally formed to advocate for historically significant architecture in downtown Indianapolis, but it now also includes programs and activities that explore and preserve our local heritage.

What We Do

Through a variety of programs, conferences, grants and publications, MCHS works to develop community awareness of our past and its impact on the present and future. Past programs have included:

Please direct your questions to us about Marion County, Indiana local history information only. We are not a genealogy society and we have no holdings or archives. For genealogy information, please contact the Indiana Genealogical Society or the Genealogical Society of Marion County.

The Indiana State Library can help you with obituaries and information from old newspapers. Other sources to contact are: the Indiana Historical Society and the vertical files in the Indianapolis Public Library branches.