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Seventh Day Adventist Church History: A Bit of a Conundrum

Blog post by Randi Richardson The Genealogy Library at the Monroe County History Center has a wonderful collection of files for the various churches in Monroe County.  Although the collection is quite comprehensive, there are several files that contain only a limited amount of information.  One of those files is for the Seventh Day Adventist

People of Color Residing in Bloomington in 1913 and Earlier

Blog post by Randi Richardson   In 1913 Byron K. Armstrong, an individual of color and founder of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, wrote a thesis titled “Colored Population of Bloomington.  It was written under the direction of Dr. U. G. Weatherly in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Economics and Sociology of

DAVID STARR JORDAN AND THE HISTORY OF EUGENICS

Blog post by Randi Richardson David Starr Jordan was the seventh president of Indiana University.  He was inaugurated on January 1, 1885, becoming the nation’s youngest university president at the age of 34 and the first president of Indiana University that was not an ordained minister. During the course of his six-year presidency he oversaw

BLOOMINGTON HOSPITAL: FROM DREAM TO REALITY

Blog post by Randi Richardson Although the location, or even the existence, of certain buildings in Monroe County are a mystery to some residents, everyone knows the tall, limestone building at Second and Rogers—Bloomington Hospital. I learned the early history of this building recently when Cynthia (Shephard) Burroughs from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, stopped by

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