In 1986 Alice Morrison (née Mordoh), a doctoral student at the Indiana University Folklore Institute, published her 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.”
For her dissertation, Morrison collected the oral histories of past residents of Salt Creek while also exploring other fields such as local history, cultural geography, political influence, and the industrialization of agriculture. These oral histories, now housed in the Monroe County History Center Research Library, tell the stories of the people and places whose traditional ways of life were disrupted by the construction of Lake Monroe.
All the audio and research in this online exhibit comes from Morrison’s fieldwork. Due to this, some of the audio may be less clear than is desirable and some locations may have changed since the 1980s.
Exhibit created for the Monroe County History Center Research Library by Delainey Bowers and Dorothy Berry. Edited by Emily Noffke. Huge thanks to Alice Reed Morrison for the donation of her research materials and oral history recordings.
The Monroe County Hall of Fame was established on July 4, 1976 in honor of the United States Bicentennial. Ten individuals who contributed significantly to the history of Monroe County were inducted that first year. Throughout the years the citizens of Monroe County have continued to elect more people who helped make our community special into the Hall of Fame. You can find out more information about each of the members of the Hall of Fame with this digital exhibition. The Monroe County History Center developed this digital exhibition of the Hall of Fame, which can also be viewed at the History Center on a large interactive touch screen, was made possible with funding provided by the Operation Round Up program of SCI REMC.