It is with a heavy (and yet excited) heart that I write this last note of thanks to all of you. As I reflect over the last 11 years, this building has had a profound effect on me and changed me in ways that will last a lifetime. I will never forget coming into this building and finding many thriving octogenarians, which gave me a vision for aging well; I will never forget the “aha” moment when I realized why I knew nothing about my personal German history as I learned how the German heritage went underground as result of WWI; I will always be grateful for Indiana Landmarks and the work they did (and do) to preserve this  amazing architectural treasure, and those spunky Germans who fought to keep this building alive in the early 1990s.

I am grateful for the staff who works tirelessly and well beyond a job description, as surprises lurk in every corner!

I am grateful for the Board of the Athenaeum. They have trusted and entrusted me with their support and kindness and allowed me to push this building a little past its comfort zone. Whew. It seems to have worked!

I am grateful for the tenants/partners that make this building pop. It truly is diverse cast of characters that make this wonderful community thrive!

I am very grateful for each one of you. It is only with your financial support, volunteering of your time, and your willingness to be part of this building that has allowed it to become a revitalized community treasure. So much gratitude…

I am thrilled to transition the care of this historic treasure to Craig Mince. Craig’s involvement and creativity in this City has already been noted and I am confident that, with your support, he will take the trajectory of this building and continue moving it forward! Which is why I ask you again to consider making a donation to support the Athenaeum today?

As I bid farewell and safe passage to each of you. I’ll be watching from afar....

Cassie Stockamp


Being the new guy, I’m in complete awe of the amazing work the staff, tenants and volunteers have done with regards to the upkeep and placemaking of the beloved National Historic Landmark that is the Athenaeum.  I also know that none of this would be possible without your generous support.

As The Athenaeum Foundation continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community, we hope you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events we will be offering this upcoming year and to experience first-hand the pride we take in supporting Indianapolis.

It is our mission to preserve and enhance our historic German-American landmark and to advance the Sound Mind in Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.

In order to fulfill our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses like you and yours for support. Without the assistance of community-minded people just like you, we wouldn't be able to serve our neighbors in Indy and around the globe each year.

Whether you’ve grabbed a latte at Coat Check Coffee, attended a Young Actors Theatre performance in the Basile Theatre or shared a pretzel at the Rathskeller, you’ve experienced the magic that emanates from this Building and understand its importance to the community at large. We ask that you make a commitment to support our continued growth by making a donation? Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue in our work that is more important now than it ever has been.

Thank you for your continued support,

Craig Mince



The Athenaeum preserves its historic German-American landmark to advance the Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages in diverse communities.
401 East Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46024

The Athenaeum Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization