You are not alone! The Living with History program is free and available to anyone living with dementia and caring for those experiencing dementia. Our programs and activities are designed to encourage memory sharing, increase communication, and enhance daily life. Come join us and learn how the Monroe County History Center and the Living with History program can assist you!
The Living with History program, in collaboration with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Service of IU Health, is made possible by the support of a 2018 Community Impact grant award from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Inc. In 2019, the Living with History program was the recipient of the Outstanding Collaborative Project Award from the Indiana Historical Society.
Our interactive Memory Boxes are themed boxes available for a one-week rental. A great way to spark conversations with a loved one or group, a Memory Box engages the senses while encouraging reminiscences. As the Living with History program continues, more boxes and themes will become available.
Memory Box Themes:
Memory Box Requests have been suspended until further notice.
Please see dates below for any upcoming programs:
Memory Walks will be open to the public in 2020 every fourth Monday of the month. For the health and safety of all participants, Memory Walks are offered virtually.
January 25 February 22 March 22
April 26 May 24 June 28
July 26 August 23 September 27
October 25 November 23 December 27
Memory Lane Cafes:
Memory Lane Cafes are available to local community organizations and facilities upon request. Memory Lane Cafes hosted at the History Center will take place every three months.
Care Partner Trainings
The Monroe County History Center offers training workshops for friends and family care partners the center on objects, photographs, ephemera, and their associated stories housed at the Monroe County History Center. Care partners will learn what types of memory activities and resources are available and how to use them to communicate with people living with dementia.
Self-Guided Gallery Tours
Not able to make it for a Memory Walk or want to explore the exhibit galleries on your own? Our Self-Guided Gallery Tour is available at the welcome desk and online.