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A Look Back

Most of us enjoy taking pictures of family and friends. Our photos hold special memories, and document day-to-day activities as well as once-in-a-lifetime moments. Each image tells a story and captures a bit of our history. As part of our mission, The History Museum collects and preserves images, both print and digital. Our archival collection numbers over 25,000 photographs. Enjoy these and let us know if you have more information about any that you see. Stay tuned, because we will be adding to this page. We love sharing history with you in this way!

1870s
Creamery in Lakeville - Casad
Lakeville Creamery

Get your milk and ice cream!

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Green- stockings

Play Ball!

Notre Dame 1870s astronomy lab - resize (1)
Notre Dame Astronomy Lab

I see Mars!

1880s
circus 1880s ph 1011
The Circus

The day the circus came to South Bend

Pokagon ph 3437 resize
Simon Pokagon

Well-known Potawatomi writer.

Roman and Pauline Luzny
Roman Luzny and Pauline Zach

Newly married

1890s
snow 1890 ph 1694
Winter Scene

Brrrr!

Buffalo Bill Cody ph878
Buffalo Bill Cody

…and his Old West carnival show

1900s
barber shop ph 538
Barber Shop

Inside the Oliver Hotel

telephone operators ph 705
Telephone Operators

Number please…

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Turnverein Club

A local German club

3 ladies car
3 Ladies and a Car

Waiting on a train

1910s
Albright's Bicycle
Albright's Bicycle Store

Established in 1914

prohibition
Prohibition

Bottoms up!

LeMert Telephone
LeMert Telephone

Hello?

1920s
1920s pop stand
1920s Pop Stand

Drive up convenience

fire at Kresge's
S.S. Kresge

FIRE!

Erskine Golf Course golfers
Erskine Golf Course

FOUR!

Odd Fellows Building March 1, 1929
Odd Fellows Building

Hard hats required

1930s
Bendix Sit-down Strike ph 1530
Bendix Sit-down Strike

Occurred in 1936

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Grand Jury

Convened September 1935

Wyman's 1930s
Wyman's Department Store

50 mile delivery

Amelia Earhart ph 7323
Amelia Earhart

Landed in South Bend in 1936

Josephine Curtis ph 2529
Josephine Curtis

A local arts heroine

1940s
cheerleaders ph 1556
Cheerleaders

From Mishawaka High School

First AME Zion ph 7515
First A.M.E. Church

Founded in 1907

Philadelphia 1939
The Philadelphia

You scream, we scream for ice cream!

Rockne Premiere (1)
Rockne Premiere

Win one for the Gipper!

1950s
Eisenhower with Mamie resize
Ike Visits South Bend

September 15, 1952

Hering House playground ph 7528
Hering House Playground

Gifted to South Bend in 1925

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Swedish congregation founded in 1880

1960s
A LOOK BACK - 1960s Main Street ph 1897
Main Hotel

Please sign the register book

Mary Geraldine Hatt ph9232
Mary Geraldine Hatt

South Bend resident and world volunteer

1970s
1980s
A LOOK BACK - Coveleski Stadium under construction IMG_215
Coveleski Stadium

Play ball!

1990s
2000s
Undated
Bloch Bakery - Fox
Bloch Bakery

An early bakery in Mishawaka

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