Indianapolis, IN  – September 24-26, 2009

(03-06-2010) Here are links to shipmate Garry Stone's Picasa Gallery of photos

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Registration and Hospitality Room at the Adam's Mark Hotel

Bus tour waiting line

Conner Prairie— Conner Prairie is known as an "Interactive History Park."  A living history museum in Fishers, Indiana, USA, that preserves the historic William Conner home and recreates part of life in Indiana in the 19th century on the White River.  What makes Conner Prairie different from other historic sites with costumed staff? At most sites, staff learn facts, historic trades and techniques. That means visitors listen to the facts and watch the historic methods.  At Conner Prairie, you engage face-to-face with 19th-century Indiana residents and explore history first-hand.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway— Since the inaugural race in 1911, the Indy 500 has become steeped in tradition, one of the most alluring aspects of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum- The museum is on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. It is intrinsically linked to the Indianapolis 500, but it also includes exhibits reflecting other forms of motorsports, passenger cars and general automotive history. Many Indy 500-winning cars are on display.

Rathskeller Restaurant - Set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of both a quaint inn tucked in the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. Voted Best German Restaurant in Indy every year, even a true German feels at home here.


Lucas Oil Stadium (Home of the Indianapolis Colts) -Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS) is the new multi-purpose facility that replaces the former RCA Dome and opened as the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts for the 2008 NFL season.  LOS is a state-of-the-art, retractable roof, multi-purpose stadium featuring spectacular views of the Indianapolis skyline. 

Indiana War Memorial -The origins of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza lay in attempts by the city of Indianapolis in 1919 to lure the newly formed American Legion from its national headquarters in New York City. One of the promises the city made was to erect a fitting memorial to those who served in World War I. Thus, in January 1920 a public library, St. Clair Park, University Park, and two occupied city blocks were designated for the construction, with one new building for the American Legion to use as their national headquarters, various public buildings, and a war memorial.

Indianapolis Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument- The Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a 284 feet (87 m) 6 inches (15 cm) tall neoclassical politic limestone and bronze monument in the center of Indianapolis. It was erected to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the American Revolution, territorial conflicts that partially led up to the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the US Civil War, and the Spanish American War. It was designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz and was completed in 1901. In addition to its external commemorative statuary and fountains, the basement of the monument is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, a museum of Indiana history during the American Civil War.


Scottish Rite Cathedral -One of the most recognizable landmarks in Indianapolis, the Scottish Rite Cathedral is said by many to be the finest example of the neo-Gothic architectural style in the country. The size and beauty of its castle-like structure will amaze you.  Inside, the view is stunning with ornate ceilings, superb woodwork, and stained-glass windows. This Cathedral is the largest building ever built by Freemasons.  Freemason symbols and design patterns are evident throughout the structure.

Eli Lilly Mansion Tour - A National Historic Landmark, Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens is an elegant 26-acre estate and historic house museum located on the grounds of IMA. At the heart of Oldfields is Lilly House, the 22-room mansion that was once the home of Josiah K. Lilly Jr., the late Indianapolis businessman, collector and philanthropist. Lilly House has undergone historic restoration and is now open to the public. Oldfields' gardens and grounds were designed in the 1920s by Percival Gallagher of the landscape architecture firm Olmsted Brothers. Lilly House features eight furnished historic rooms on the main level. The majority of these rooms reflect the 1930s period of the Lilly family's occupancy, and almost 90 percent of the furnishings and decorative arts objects featured belonged to the Lillys and were used in the home.


USS Indianapolis Memorial - This National Memorial is the climax of a 50 year dream by the crew members who survived the sinking of the cruiser USS Indianapolis in 1945. They worked continually to erect a fitting memorial to their missing shipmates. The Memorial is located at the North end of the Canal Walk. Engraved on the South face of the monument are the names of the ship's company and one passenger who made up her final crew.

The USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35) National Memorial was designed, erected and paid for by The USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA-35) Survivors Memorial Organization, Inc., a not-for-profit (501-c-19) established in Indianapolis, IN., in 1990 for that purpose. No government funds per se were used. The Organization raised slightly more than eight hundred thousand dollars for the purpose. The Memorial was designated a National Memorial by an act of Congress in 1995, one of only 26 such memorials. The USS INDIANAPOLIS National Memorial was dedicated on August 2, 1995.  

Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial – Canal Walk –Indianapolis - The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial is on the south edge of Military park along the bank bordering the canal.  It is unique in its curved glass panels listing the names and service branch of all the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.  During the day an audio system periodically tells the story of one of the recipients.  Each of the panels covers a separate time period in U.S. military history, including times of "peace" in between major wars and conflicts.  A little known fact is each of the U.S. Unknown Soldiers is automatically awarded the Medal of Honor.  They are also listed in their own place on the panels.  At night lights at the base of each panel illuminates them.

President Benjamin Harrison Home Tour -From the time Harrison purchased the empty lot in 1868 until the last room was painted in 1875, his north side home had cost $29,000. With H. Brandt as the architect and Petrie and Cummings as excavators, the 10,000 square-foot-home, complete with 16 rooms, three stories and a basement, was finished in one year.


Saturday Night Pre-Banquet Photos

Banquet Entertainment


Saturday Evening Banquet


Hula contest down the hall at the hotel. (By invitation)  

2010 Host and Hostess -  Bill & Ulla Melyan    


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