A Tribute to Julie Brumleve

For over nineteen years, Julie Brumleve was the Administrator at the Indian Hill Historical Society.  Her dedication, creativity and intelligence helped the Society become a vibrant organization in the Village and the state.  Described as an “energizer bunny”, “tsunami” and “steam engine”, Julie approached every task with an enthusiastic frame of mind.

Julie was a “jack of all trades” at the Historical Society.  She instituted the concept of the Village Bicentennial, composed monthly articles for the Indian Hill Bulletin, created and maintained the Historical Society’s website, prepared and presented numerous PowerPoint presentations on Village history, assisted in the orchestration of its many programs and activities, such as the Attic Treasures Sales and Landmark Plaques.  Additionally Julie managed all rentals of the Little Red Schoolhouse and oversaw finances, taxes, marketing,,and membership of the organization.

Besides working with about forty members of the Board of Trustees, Julie served four Historical Society Presidents.   Her administrative skills of communication, archiving, and event planning implemented the Board’s vision.  A hard worker, she was passionate about her job and was an ambassador to the community for the group. As Administrator, she was the backbone of the organization, and was influential in the Society’s tremendous growth during her tenure.

An amazingly compassionate woman, Julie was devoted to family and friends.  She volunteered for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind, and ushered at Music Hall and the Playhouse in the Park.  Other pursuits included photography, gardening, and travel.  Julie and her husband hosted a Kentucky Derby Party every May for more than 45 years.

Though she retired from the Historical Society in 2008, her legacy endures.  All who worked with Julie appreciated her many talents and accomplishments.  Her death on May 23, 2017 was a sorrowful event for her friends at the Society.


The Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage and promoting history of the Village of Indian Hill, Ohio. It manages two historical landmarks, the Bonnell House, also known as Buckingham Lodge, and the Little Red Schoolhouse. Archives of Village history are maintained at Buckingham Lodge. The Schoolhouse may be rented for special gatherings and meetings. Programs are presented on building and home architecture, art, local history, and noteworthy families who have lived or are living in the area.