History of the Junior League of Indianapolis

In the fall of 1921 ten women established Junior League of Indianapolis to promote voluntarism.  Throughout its history it has sought to demonstrate effectiveness through trained volunteers through a wide range of projects and community activities.  From first efforts to equip and maintain the occupational therapy department at Riley Hospital to currently improving literacy among children, it has served as a catalyst by bringing together other organizations and groups for action.

AJLI is an organization representing more than 180,000 women in 294 Leagues in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico.

Long committed to historic preservation, the Junior League of Indianapolis is proud to have held headquarters in a landmark building. Built in 1904 by renowned architect Bernard Vonnegut, the Schnull-Rauch House is one of the few remaining examples of French Romanesque architecture in Indianapolis. The house was acquired by the Junior League of Indianapolis in 1979 from John G. Rauch. In 2009, the Schnull-Rauch House was sold to neighbor and world-renowned Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

The Junior League of Indianapolis is proud to have been involved with dozens of community organizations over the years.  Learn more about our past projects here.

90th Anniversary History - Published in June 2012  

90 Years of History Video   

95 Years of History Video