IHS Presents Broad Ripple Gazette Editor with Statewide Award
By Joey Amato
The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) proudly presents its 2019 Hubert Hawkins Local History Award to a life-long Broad Ripple resident who strives to chronicle the rich history of one of the city’s most dynamic Cultural Districts. IHS will honor Alan Hague at its Founders Day dinner, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
As founder and editor of The Broad Ripple Gazette, Hague is described as a living historian. His bi-weekly newspaper has served the northside area of Indianapolis since 2004, with stories on education, entertainment, transportation and the ever-changing commercial scene.
“This is far more than the first draft of history,” award nominator Rees D. Morgan wrote of The Broad Ripple Gazette. “It is a very robust, modern and living document updated several times a month. In the years to come, we will want more than the what, when and where of events. This body of work provides the who, why and how so vital to a full understanding.”
Under Hague’s direction, The Broad Ripple Gazette also focuses on the history of the area, a place his family has called home for many generations. Author Dan Wakefield points to pieces on The Canal and The Vogue Theatre as being especially meaningful to those, like himself, whose childhood memories are forever linked to Broad Ripple.
“The Gazette makes living here special and reminds us that we are a neighborhood with a rich and colorful past, not just an anonymous amalgam of streets and houses,” wrote Wakefield in a letter of support for Hague’s award nomination. “In today’s world, that is a special gift.”
Hague is one of 13 individuals and organizations recognized with IHS’s 2019 Founders Day awards. The annual Founders Day dinner and ceremony, presented by Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., celebrates the accomplishments of historians, teachers, writers and businesses from around the state, as well as the work of IHS.
For more information on this event and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.