Indianapolis Propylaeum

The Indianapolis Propylaeum is a club exclusively for the women of Indianapolis, Indiana, which was founded in 1888. The group seeks to be an Indianapolis cultural and social center for its women, and to explore science as well as all of the live and fine Indianapolis arts. They are also active in civic and community service.

The word Propylae means “gateway” in Greek. In the context of this women’s club, it means “gateway to culture.” The membership is a cross-section of Indy women, who come from all social groups, cultures and ages.

Some of the clubs within the Indianapolis Propylaeum focus on investments, literature, Bible study, heritage, bridge, sewing & needlework and poetry. A very special sector is dedicated to the Language and Culture International Gallery, a hub in downtown Indianapolis and a leader in the respect and understanding of the diversity that makes Indiana strong.

Monthly events often include special Indianapolis music concerts or theatrical programs and a variety of interesting and pertinent seminars. The Propylaeum is one of the most unique among the diverse and excellent Indianapolis performing arts venues.

The Club offers a sort of home away from home for holidays, producing these special holiday events every year: A fourth of July day, Thanksgiving buffet, the Holiday Bazaar, Easter buffet and a mother’s day buffet. Fashion shows and dinner-dances also figure into the yearly offerings.

The Indianapolis Propylaeum maintains various community outreach programs as part of its stated goal to serve the community of Indy. To that end, they’ve instituted the Dayspring Center, nursing scholarships, the Mary Wright Sewall Leadership Award, a neighborhood Easter egg hunt, an Indianapolis Public School reading program and programs for newborns in need and dress for success.

The Indianapolis Propylaeum is a longstanding member of the Historical Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the Old Northside historic district, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and the Indianapolis Conventions and Visitors Association. Housed in a beautiful, historic Victorian building, painted in pink, the organization has been a bulwark for the women of Indianapolis for more than a century, and is still going strong.

Indianapolis Propylaeum
1410 N Delaware St # 2
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 638-7881
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