Spotlight on Local History
- March 9, 2017 - May 6, 2017
- Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Monroe County History Center
- 202 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
- (812) 332-2517
- 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Adults $2, Kids 6-17 $1, Kids 5 and under free
What We Wore: 20th Century Fashion
Fashion in the 20th century saw more change and innovation than any other century. Take a walk down memory lane in What We Wore, an exhibit about 20th Century fashion featuring clothing, accessories, and photographs from the Monroe County History Center’s collection. Experience the look of your choice with authentic garments in our interactive Fashion Review. Exhibit open through June 3, 2017.
The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines
This traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society showcases Indiana's contributions to the war effort and the war's long-lasting effects. Visitors will see how Hoosiers experienced the First World War in distinct ways. While those of German heritage faced discrimination, African Americans and women pointed to their wartime contributions years later while advocating for social and political rights. The exhibit also explores the impact the war-time demand for steel, machinery and equipment had on Indiana's towns and cities such as Indianapolis, South Bend and Gary. In addition, the traveling exhibit explores the roots of World War I, America's entrance to the war, the evolution of warfare, the construction of the American Legion Building and the Indiana War Memorial, and more. Made possible by the Indiana Historical Society and Kroger. This exhibit will be open April 1st through April 26th.
Artists of War: Perspectives of the Vietnam War from Both Sides
During the Vietnam War, militaries from both sides appointed enlisted artists to sketch and paint what they saw around them including combat, communication technology, hardscapes, and landscapes. This exhibit features the art and stories of Truing Be from North Vietnam and Richard Nickolson of Indiana, USA. Exhibit open May 12th – June 17th. Keep an eye out for announcements of special programing with Hoosier artist, Richard Nickolson.
Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts
Indiana’s own Marie Webster (1859-1956) is widely acclaimed as a pioneer in the art of quilt design and construction, publishing in 1915 the first book solely dedicated to the history of the quilt, Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them. Her early 20th century designs recently inspired artists to create small-scale art quilts for an exhibition, Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts. This juried show is sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) featuring 26 pieces from eight Midwestern states. Each work reflected a unique perspective on Webster’s traditional patterns some one hundred years after the fact. Exhibit open February 3 - April 29, 2017. Join is for a special guest presentation, Marie Webster: Quilt Pioneer and Entrepreneur, April 19, 2017 at 6pm.
Community Voices Showcase: Middle Way House
Middle Way House is an organization that provides free, confidential support to women in situations of domestic violence or sexual assault. Their services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, affordable transitional housing, legal and personal advocacy, and prevention education. Their mission is “to end violence, both structural and interpersonal, in the lives of women and children.” Visit the Community Voices Showcase exhibit March – May to find out more and see how you can get involved.