Bloomington Past and Present

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Thus begins Bloomington Past and Present, a volume that anyone who has lived in—or even just ...

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"Good places are shaped by the gifts of nature and by the labor and love of many people over generations. The city of Bloomington, tucked away in the forested hills of southern
Indiana, is one such place. Three of us who have worked here, played here, reared children here, and set our roots right down to the limestone bedrock made this book to chronicle and celebrate our home town."

Thus begins Bloomington Past and Present, a volume that anyone who has lived in—or even just passed through—this memorable city will want to have and pass down to future generations of Bloomingtonians.

Photojournalist Will Counts gathered some of his own photographs taken over a long career, along with photographs by more than a dozen other fine artists. Some drawn from archives, some taken recently, these images capture the city’s people and places.

The essay "Loving This Place" by Scott
Russell Sanders leads the reader on a walk through Bloomington today, evoking the feel of the city,
its human fabric and natural setting. In "Old Times and New Times in Bloomington," James
H. Madison writes about what Bloomington once was, tracing changes in the community from the 19th century on through today’s complex and vibrant civic scene.

"Across from the fire station and post office rises the limestone mass of First Methodist, the grandest of our churches, one known for fine music and powerful preaching. In general, as you move west from here to the far fringes of Bloomington, the preaching becomes hotter and hotter, ranging from
Baptists and African Methodist Episcopalians on through various brands of evangelicals, apostolics,
and Pentecostals; and as you move east from here the preaching generally becomes cooler, ranging from Presbyterians and Episcopalians, through Catholics and Lutherans, on out to the Quakers, who keep their silence."
—Scott Russell Sanders

"There were
Bloomington residents at the beginning of the twenty-first century who had heard the
Metropolitan Opera perform Aida in the University Auditorium in 1942; given their sex histories to
Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s; subjected their teeth to the stannous fluoride tests that produced Crest toothpaste in the early 1950s; listened to Gene McCarthy and Bobby Kennedy explain why the Vietnam
War was wrong in 1968; heard not only Elvis but also Bill Monroe, the Supremes, and Ray Charles;
participated eagerly in a new curbside recycling program begun in the early 1990s; bought sushi and tofu at the grocery store; and listened to the Dalai Lama more than once. The small town in southern
Indiana was hardly isolated or ordinary."
—James H. Madison

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253340566
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Russell Sanders was born in Tennessee and grew up in Ohio. He studied at Brown
University before going on, as a Marshall Scholar, to complete a Ph.D. in English literature at
Cambridge University. In 1971 he joined the faculty of Indiana University, where he is Distinguished
Professor of English and where he directs the Wells Scholars Program. Writing from the Center, a personal account of the quest for a meaningful and moral life, won the 1996 Great Lakes Book Award.
His most recent books are Hunting for Hope (1998), The Country of Language (1999), and The Force of
Spirit.

James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History and former chair of the Department of History at Indiana University. Among his books are: The Indiana
Way: A State History and Eli Lilly: A Life. His most recent book is A Lynching in the Heartland:
Race and Memory in America.

Will Counts has lived in Bloomington, Indiana since
1960. For thirty-two of those years he taught photojournalism at the IU School of Journalism.
Before he began teaching, he worked as a photographer-editor for the Arkansas Democrat in Little
Rock and for The Associated Press in Chicago. He and his wife, Vivian, have four grown children. He is photographer-author for A Photographic Legacy...Arkansas Photographs from the FSA Collection,
Monroe County in Focus, The Magnificent 92: Indiana Courthouses, and A Life is More Than a
Moment.

Indiana University Press

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