First Floor Exhibits – Free


Case Exhibit: Monroe County Carnegie Library Turns 100!

The Monroe County Carnegie Library, currently the home of the Monroe County History Center, was built in 1918 and has served the public in several ways. Visit this free exhibit, organized by student intern Richard Larimer, to learn more about our historic building!


Textile Case Exhibit: Star of Indiana


The Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1984 in Bloomington with the aid of Bill Cook. The band was the first in history to place in the top ten during its first year at the Drum Corps International World Championship in 1985. Check out Star of Indiana uniforms on display now from our collection. This free exhibit will be open through May on the first floor.


Dot and Eugene

The Oil Paintings of Dr. Matthew A. Parmenter

The Monroe County History Center is honored to bring the exhibit Dot and Eugene to the first floor of the History Center from April 7 to July 14. There will be an opening event on Friday April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The artist, local surgeon Dr. Matthew A. Parmenter, will be our guest, discussing his work and inspiration. This event is free and open to the public. This exhibit showcases oil paintings created by Dr. Parmenter in honor of his parents, Dot and Harlen “Eugene” Parmenter.