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Programming for Community Members living with Dementia and their Care Partners


The Living with History program, in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Resource Service of IU Health, with the support of a Community Impact grant award from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Inc., is a variety of dementia-friendly programming based on the artifacts and archives of the History Center for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s along with their families and care partners. Because of the Community Impact grant, we are able to offer these programs and Memory Boxes at no cost to the community.

The program includes several Memory Boxes, filled with items chosen to spark memories and conversations about a specific theme, available to be checked out or used by staff or volunteers to spark conversations at our Memory Cafes. Dementia-friendly guided tours and self-guided tour brochures will be available and we will offer training, resources, and support for Care Partners.  

Memory Boxes

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:

The 1960s

Request a Memory Box Here

Please see dates below for any upcoming programs:

Memory Walks:

July 22, 10:00 am
September 23, 10:00 am
November 25, 10:00 am

Memory Lane Cafes:

June 27, 10:00 am- Gardens Galore
August 22, 10:00 am- Picnics of the Past
October 31, 10:00 am- Spinning Stories



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.

May 30, 10:00 am

December 12, 10:00 am

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.

Download our Self-Guided Gallery Tours here