The Ralph O. and Alma E. Deckard Education Room, located on the first floor of the History Center, is available for rental by individuals and businesses during daytime and evening hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Formerly the Community Room of the Carnegie Library, the Education room continues to be available to the community for small group use.
Rental of the Education room includes use of the stage and the staging kitchen. Five foot round or six foot long rectangular tables and black padded folding chairs are available for use and included in the rental fee.
Guidelines for Group Use of Room
(At least one of the following guidelines must be met.)
1. Programs that promote the mission of the History Center.
2. Programs that incorporate a talk or a tour by a staff person.
3. Programs that are co-sponsored by the History Center may have fees waived/reduced. Speak with the Office Manager for details.
4. Programs that support the community and gain exposure for the Center. (Including family reunions)
5. Patron level members of the History Center are entitled to one free use of the room per year.
6. All programming is dependent on the availability of room and staff to host the building.
$50 Education Room use only, per hour Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
$75 Education Room use only, per hour Tuesday-Saturday 4:00 pm-10:00 pm
$400 Flat fee to use the entire building, including the museum, between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm. This will not be pro-rated.
For more information or to reserve a date and time for your event, please contact:
Monroe County History Center
202 E. 6th St, Bloomington IN 47408
Room Regulations for All Users
1. Occupancy of the room is 80.
2. No smoking in building or within 30 feet of the door.
3. No public phone is available.
4. No tape or thumbtacks of any kind on walls.
5. The kitchen is available for staging only. Food must be prepared in advance.
6. Food and drink must stay in the Education Room. No food or drink may remain over night.
7. No red, purple or orange punch or wine.
8. Follow local, state, and federal rules regarding alcohol use. (No hard liquor allowed).
9. Patrons must provide own tableware and linens. White or black tablecloths may be rented from the History Center for $20 each.
10. No confetti, rose petals, glitter, etc. are allowed inside the building.
11. Patrons are expected to return room to its original layout and clean up kitchen (if used) and Education Room before they leave.
12. Patrons must leave the building by the time stated on the reservation.
13. Audio-visual equipment we have available for use: microphone, public audio system, laptop computer and LCD projector, podium and piano for a small fee.
14. Any room set up and tear down will be the responsibility of the renter. A $40.00 fee will be added if the Center is left with tear down responsibilities.
15. The display cases are not to be used to hold items of any type (vases, linens, pictures, food, etc.)
16. The display cases in the Education Room are not to be hidden from the view of patrons during regular History Center hours.
17. The piano is not to be used for any type of display and nothing is to be placed on the piano.
18. Live plants will be examined and monitored by the Collections Manager for presence of pests. If a plant is determined to be infested, it will be removed from the building immediately and the Patron notified.
All groups must be out of the building by 10:00 pm, any night. The room is not available on Sunday, Monday, or any holiday. Space rental includes 30 minutes before and after the event for set up and tear down, at no additional charge. Members receive 10% off the room use rate. *Not for Profit rates are available.*
Rental fees must be paid in full no later than the day of the event. A separate damage deposit of $100 must accompany the rental fee for events that involve food and/or beverages.