Historic Preservation News & Events


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.

Historic Mishawaka Coloring Contest

The Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a coloring contest to be judged at the Mishawaka Heritage Festival, August 10th in Merrifield Park. Entries will be divided into three categories: Children (5-11), Teens (12-17), and Adults (18+). Prizes include Strikes and Spares gift certificates, a preserved piece of Main Jr. High gym floor, and more.

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.

Marker Honoring Freddie Fitzsimmons Unveiled

The City of Mishawaka has unveiled its first historic marker at 524 W Grove Street, which has been identified as the family home of baseball pitcher Freddie Fitzsimmons. The official unveiling took place Thursday morning, June, 29, 2017 at 10 am.

Fitzsimmons, or “Fat Freddie” as he was known, played, managed, and coached with several major league baseball teams from the 1920’s into the 1960’s. He was a World Series champion with the New York Giants both as a player (1933) and a coach (1954).