In honor of the 2018 Monroe County Bicentennial, we have had Monroe County’s first deed book preserved. Dating from December 1817-December 1825, this book is a record of the first land transactions in the county. Along with these first land sales, Deed Book A also contains numerous city plat maps. This invaluable piece of Monroe County history can now be viewed in the MCHC Research Library.
With funds from the Wahl Trust Grant and the Monroe County Recorder’s Office, we sent Deed Book A to Kofile Restoration in late 2015. As you can see from the photo below, this book was in extremely poor condition.
If you would like to get involved in saving our county’s precious artifacts, check out the “Adopt and Artifact” program, created by our Collections Manager, Hilary Fleck. This program allows the public to donate funds for the restoration of various items in our permanent collection including the Schmalz Taxidermy Collection and an 1891 Bloomington Photo Album. If you’d like to donate to the “Adopt an Artifact” program, please visit the display in the 1st floor hallway of the History Center, or mail your contribution to the History Center specifying which artifacts you’d like to sponsor. If you have questions, please contact Hilary Fleck at firstname.lastname@example.org.