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Oscar Schacht, Jersejoy Farm, and the Milk Pasteurization Debate

Blog post by Gabby Krieble In conducting research for our newest exhibit, Barns of Monroe County: Our Heritage Built in Wood, the curatorial team came across an early version of a surprisingly contentious debate that continues to the present day: mandatory milk pasteurization. Pasteurization is the rapid heating and cooling of a product, in this case

Marcus Deal

The History Center’s current exhibit, Breaking the News, couldn’t hold all the stories of Monroe County newspapers. So here is a Breaking the News EXTRA: Marcus Deal, a Whig editor in Indiana. Blog post by Rod Spaw.   Frontier editors bounced around from town to town, rarely staying in any one place long. Such was the career of

Bob Knight: It Was Always About the Players

Italicized text from “Silver Knight: 25 Remarkable Years of Championship Indiana Basketball” by Bob Hammel. Images from the H-T photo archives at the Monroe County History Center. Blog by Rod Spaw. Robert Montgomery Knight (October 25, 1940,- November 1, 2023) When they met in a hotel room in Houston in March 1971 – 30-year-old Army coach

William Gabe and the Republican Progress

The History Center’s current exhibit, Breaking the News, couldn’t hold all the stories of Monroe County newspapers. So here is a Breaking the News EXTRA: William Gabe and the Republican Progress. Blog post by Rod Spaw. Few examples survive of one of the most successful Bloomington newspapers of the 19 th century, the Republican / Republican

George Purcell and The Bloomington Evening World

The History Center’s current exhibit, Breaking the News, couldn’t hold all the stories of Monroe County newspapers. Here is another Breaking the News EXTRA: George W. Purcell – publisher of the Evening World. By Rod Spaw   One of Bloomington’s 20th Century newspaper owners could boast of ties to the earliest days of journalism in the Hoosier State. George

The Herald-Times Auction

The Monroe County History Center, along with the IU Archives and the Monroe County Public Library, have been fielding phone calls and questions for weeks once it was announced that bound copies of the Herald-Times were going to be auctioned off instead of being taken in by a local repository. Dina Kellams, Director of the

John Stempel

Blog post by Rod Spaw The History Center’s current exhibit, Breaking the News, couldn’t hold all the stories of Monroe County newspapers. So here is a Breaking the News EXTRA: John Stempel, newspaperman and educator. John Stempel learned the gritty lessons of journalism in newsrooms from the Bloomington Evening World to the New York Sun. But his greatest contribution was

Breaking Away: Exploring the “Town and Gown” Dynamic

Blog post by Dan Reid   Breaking Away is a 1979 film which follows a group of young working-class friends in Bloomington, IN, who are struggling to find their place in the world. The film explores themes of class, identity, and friendship as the protagonist, Dave, pursues his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. When creating

My Experience as an Intern with the Monroe County History Center

By Matt Nokes I remember being interviewed for the role of Permanent Collections and Exhibits Intern during the second week of classes of my senior year. I immediately knew that this would be a great place to work. Hilary and Gabby–curator and assistant curator–were very friendly and made for great supervisors–always offering to help or

Taco Takeover

Tales of the H-T: blog posts taken from or inspired by The Herald-Times archive at the Monroe County History Center. Blog post by Rod Spaw Three of the most successful college basketball coaches in the nation got together in Bloomington for a few days in early 1996, but the purpose was only indirectly related to

March Is For Magic and Memories

Tales of the H-T: blog posts taken from or inspired by The Herald-Times archive at the Monroe County History Center. Blog by Rod Spaw.   March is a special month for fans of Indiana University basketball, a time of magic, memories, and championships. This year, Hoosiers will be watching both the men’s and women’s tournaments closely,

Elvis and the Student Power Movement at Indiana University

Tales of the H-T: blog posts taken from or inspired by The Herald-Times archive at the Monroe County History Center. By Rod Spaw. For much of the 1960s, Indiana University could boast of having its very own Elvis, but about the only thing IU’s Elvis had in common with the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll was

Happy Birthday, Joshua Bell

Tales of the H-T – stories taken from or inspired by the Herald-Times Archive at the Monroe County History Center. Article by Rod Spaw. Monroe County residents of a certain age feel really old: Joshua Bell just turned 55. Yes, the violinist extraordinaire who grew up in Bloomington now is eligible for a whole bunch of

Election Central

Tales of the H-T: blog posts taken from or inspired by The Herald-Times archive at the Monroe County History Center Blog post by Rod Spaw   Election night is a special time to be around a newspaper office. It’s sort of like Christmas Eve in Santa’s workshop; weeks of careful planning and preparation come down

Server Success at Boxman’s and Groves Restaurant

Blog post by Assistant Curator, Gabby Krieble. Be sure to stop by the History Center to see the “Order Up! Restaurants of Monroe County” exhibit before it closes on November 5. Many mid-century American sit-down restaurants prided themselves on excellent service. Boxman’s and Groves Restaurant in Bloomington were no exception.             The photo above shows the