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Community Voices Exhibit – Alliance of Bloomington Museums


Continuing through November 30th, the Community Voices Gallery at the Monroe County History Center is home to an exhibit highlighting the varied collections of the Alliance of Bloomington Museums (ABM). Whether it is art and design, history and culture, or science and human sexuality, there is something for everyone.  Indiana University members of the ABM include the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, the Grunwald Gallery of Art, the Indiana University Art Museum, the Kinsey Institute, the IU Archives, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Wylie House, the Lilly Library, and the Indiana Geological Survey. Community museum members are the Farmer House Museum, the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Community Historic Site, the Monroe County History Center, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology.


Items drawn from the IU Archives include photographs from the Charles Cushman and David Repp photograph collections, Professor Robert Borkenstein‘s original prototype for the Breathalyzer and Leonard Ruckelshaus‘s “I Men” sweater and diary from the 1922 IU baseball team trip to Japan,  A few of the other items not to be missed will be Dr. Alfred Kinsey’s two books—Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female—as well as a novelty item that appeared the same year as the female volume, all from the Kinsey Institute; archaeological finds from the Glenn Black Laboratory and limestone-industry offerings from the Indiana Geological Survey; and items related to maple syrup production from the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead.


There will be a special free reception on Friday, September 6 from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm where visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at potential student work-study jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in local museums. and speak with museum staff members. The reception coincides with the downtown First Friday Gallery Walk.

The Monroe County History Center is located at the corner of 6th and Washington Streets in downtown Bloomington, just five blocks from the Sample Gates. For more information about the exhibit, please call the Center at (812) 332-2517. For more information about the Alliance of Bloomington Museums, as well as a link to each of the member’s websites, go online to

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