Historic Preservation News & Events

Remo Belli Honored with Historical Marker

(The following story first appeared on the WNDU website June 22, 2022)
Direct link to the story: https://www.wndu.com/2022/06/22/historical-marker-remo-belli-unveiled-mishawaka/

The Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission unveiled a historical marker for Remo Belli.

Belli was a Mishawaka native who grew up to build his own drum company. Through his work, the company has become the world’s largest drum head manufacturer making drumheads for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rose Parade, and even Purdue!

“Well, I’ve always been proud of my brother! Because, no matter, of all his success, he was still Remo,” said Elsie Van Bruaene, Remo Belli’s sister. “A young kid who grew up on twelfth street. Yeah. Mishawaka was still home.”

Belli graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1945, and became a professional drummer at just 16 years old.

The historical marker is located in front of 127 W. 12th St., his childhood home.

Wednesday also marked what would have been Belli’s 95th birthday.

Edgewater Park Historic District Guidelines

In the summer of 2018, the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission held an informational meeting with the Edgewater neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, a Neighborhood Association was formed and has since held events such as block parties and garage sales.

HPC Honors POW Capt. Richard Brenneman

UPDATED -- On Veteran’s Day, Mishawaka's Historic Preservation Commission held an unveiling of the Captain Richard C Brenneman Historic Marker at 1801 E. Third Street. Placement of the marker was to recognize Captain Brenneman’s 5+ years spent in a POW camp during the Vietnam War. Mr. Brenneman, who retired from the Air Force in 1993, was onhand for the celebration.

HPC Honors Elizabeth Ann Richardson

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission honored Elizabeth Ann Richardson with the placement of a historical marker at Richardson's former home located at 834 Lincolnway East. Ms. Richardson volunteered with the American Red Cross in 1944 during World War II, serving as a Clubmobile captain.