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Lake Monroe Oral History Project

Using materials generously donated by Alice Reed Morrison, the History Center Research Library has launched its first online exhibit. The Lake Monroe Oral History Project focuses on the stories of Salt Creek Valley residents who were displaced by the construction of Lake Monroe in the 1960s.

This exhibit, created for the History Center by interns Delainey Bowers and Dorothy Berry, uses original audio recordings and photos from Morrison’s 1986 dissertation entitled “Portrait of a Lost Community: A Folklife Study of the Salt Creek Valley of South Central Indiana and the Effects of Community Displacement Following Formation of the Monroe Reservoir.”

Lake Monroe Materials


To learn more about this project and to view the online exhibit, click here. The original recordings, transcripts, photos, and maps can be viewed in the Monroe County History Center Research Library.



Dorothy Berry is a Spring 2016 graduate of the Dual Masters program at Indiana University Bloomington, with an MA in Folklore & Ethnomusicology and an MLS.

Delainey Bowers is a graduate of Indiana University with a Masters in Library Science and a former intern at the Monroe County History Center.  She currently serves as the Reference and Adult Services Librarian at a public library in South Carolina.

Post Submitted by: Emily Noffke

Comments (2)

  1. Lee Ehman


    Fine work, Delainey, Dorothy & Emily! Congratulations on a wonderful exhibit. Lee

  2. David Lemon


    Fine work–really shows the local flavor of this Southeastern Monroe County locale.

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