Journey Indiana

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Episode 215

Coming to you from the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington...meet an Indianapolis musician who's sharing his love of classical music throughout the state; and go a few rounds with the folks at B-Town Boxing.

AIRED: January 28, 2020 | 0:26:46
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>>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

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>> COMING UP, GO A FEW ROUNDS

WITH THE FOLKS AT B-TOWN BOXING.

>> AND AN INDIANAPOLIS MUSICIAN

WHO IS SHARING HIS LOVE OF

CLASSICAL MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE

STATE.

>> THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA"!

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

I'M ASHLEY DILLARD.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ.

AND WE'RE COMING TO YOU FROM THE

MONROE COUNTY HISTORY CENTER,

THE MONROE COUNTY CENTER

COLLECTS, PRESERVES AND PRESENTS

THE HISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY.

IT'S ALL HOUSED IN A FORMER

CARNEGIE LIBRARY AND YOU WILL

FIND VARIOUS EXHIBITS AND

EXTENSIVE RESEARCH LIBRARY AND

MORE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, BRANDON AND WE

WILL TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THAT

IN JUST A BIT, BUT FIRST, WE'RE

HEADED NORTH TO INDIANAPOLIS TO

MEET A MAN WITH A CLASSICAL

CALLING.

PRODUCER JOHN TIMM HAS THE

STORY.

>> MY NAME IS JOSHUA THOMPSON

AND I'M A CLASSICAL PIANIST AND

I EXCLUSIVELY SPECIALIZE IN

COMPOSING THE WORKS OF COMPOSERS

OF AFRICAN DESCENT.

>> THAT'S CAME ABOUT MAYBE THREE

YEARS AGO BUT BEFORE THAT, I WAS

A LIFELONG STUDENT OF CLASSICAL

MUSIC.

AS A YOUNG CHILD, I WAS

ALWAYS -- I WAS JUST REALLY

FASCINATED BY CLASSICAL MUSIC

AND JUST PEOPLE WHO COULD SING

AND PEOPLE WHO HAD THAT ARTISTIC

GIFT.

AND FOR SOME REASON, I DON'T

KNOW IF IT WAS A MIX OF NATURAL

TALENT AND AN INTEREST, OR MAYBE

IT WAS THE FACT THAT MY PARENTS

SAID YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO QUIT

PIANO AND TRUMPET LESSONS.

I WAS GOOD AT IT.

I FELT I WAS GOOD AT A YOUNG AGE

AND GOOD ENOUGH THAT I WANTED TO

CONTINUE TO EXPLORE WHAT ELSE

WAS OUT THERE AND PUSH MYSELF.

>> SO THIS PIECE BY WILLIAM

GRANT STILL, I THINK PREMIERED

IN 1933.

AND IT'S THE SECOND MOVEMENT

FROM AFRICA, WHICH IS A PIANO

SUITE, WHICH IS CALLED "LAND OF

ROMANCE."

I'M PRETTY WELL SKILLED AT THE

PIANO AN A, IT IS AT THE TRUMPET AND

I ENJOY WRITING.

I'M A GRANT WRITER AND I LIKE TO

SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH

OTHER ARTISTS AND INDIVIDUALS

WHO HELP THEM FIND OPINION TO

FUND THEIR ARTISTIC PROJECTS

BECAUSE THAT AS A COMPLETELY

SEPARATE GAME BETWEEN BEING A

PERFORMER AND THEN ALSO FIGURING

OUT HOW TO FINANCE AND LEARN

THAT PART OF THE INDUSTRY AND

THE BUSINESS.

THE FACT THAT PEOPLE NOTICE THAT

I DON'T PLAY WITH SHOES ON.

SOMETIMES IT'S MORE POPULAR AND

INTERESTING THAN MY PLAYING

ITSELF.

IT'S JUST A THING.

I USED TO PLAY WITH A FLUTIST,

AND, YOU KNOW HOW CERTAIN PEOPLE

IN THEIR HOMES, THEY ARE LIKE,

HEY, YOU KNOW, TAKE YOUR SHOES

OFF.

VERY COOL.

NO BIG DEAL.

BUT YOU ALSO PERFORM THE WAY

THAT YOU PRACTICE, AND I GOT

USED TO PRACTICING WITHOUT SHOES

ON.

AND I REMEMBER ONE TIME GOING UP

AND PLAYING AND I HAD SHOES ON

AND SOMETHING JUST DID NOT FEEL

LEGIT.

IT DIDN'T FEEL ORGANIC.

I'M LIKE IT'S THE SHOES, TAKE

YOUR SHOES OFF.

I NEVER WEAR SHOES WHEN I PLAY.

BY THE TIME I'M PERFORMING A

PIECE, I HAVE DONE ALL THE WORK.

I HAVE TAKEN ALL THE TIME TO

THINK ABOUT FULL

CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE WORK,

THE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS THAT WERE

GOING ON WHEN THEY WERE WRITTEN,

THE HISTORIES OF THE COMPOSER.

SO I ABOUT THE TIME I'M

PERFORMING IT, I HAVE TEASED OUT

EVERY SINGLE NUANCE.

I HAVE FLESHED OUT EVERY COLOR I

SEE IN MY HEAD WHEN I LISTEN TO

IT, AND EVERY OF MOVEMENT.

SO IT'S JUST A MATTER OF SITTING

DOWN AND PLAYING AND LETTING IT

GO.

WHEN I PERFORM, IT'S ONE OF

THOSE, I HAVE TO STOP MYSELF

FROM THINKING AND REALLY ALLOW

MYSELF TO SIT IN THE MOMENT AND

JUST ENJOY THE FACT THAT I HAVE

AN ABILITY TO TAKE SOMETHING I

HAVE WORKED ON FOR MONTHS OR

WEEKS OR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG AND

JUST ENJOY IT.

>> THIS PIECE THAT I REALLY

ENJOY DOING DOING SATISFIES MULTIPLE

DIFFERENT CATEGORIES.

IT WAS WRITTEN BY AN AFRICAN

AMERICAN WOMAN BY THE NAME OF

MARGARET BONDS AND IT'S CALLED

"TROUBLED WATER."

I LOVE TO HIGHLIGHT IT BECAUSE

COMPOSERS OF AFRICAN DESCENT

HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING

NOTORIETY ANYWAY.

THE WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT WHO

CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR GENRE HAVE

AN EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TIME.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I

INCORPORATE THAT AS WELL.

IT'S A BRILLIANT PIECE.

IT'S TAKING, AGAIN, THE

CLASSICAL TRADITION, BUT NEGRO

SPIRITUALS, WITH JAZZ, WITH

FLUTE.

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN GENERAL JUST

HAS, I THINK, A TOUGHER ROAD TO

HOE THAN SOME OTHER GENRES, JUST

BECAUSE PART OF IT IS BECAUSE, I

THINK THIS IS -- THE GENRE

PROGRAMS ITSELF ON REPEAT WAY

TOO MUCH, RIGHT?

WE HAVE THESE AMAZING MASTER

WORKS BY BACH AND BEETHOVEN AND

SHOEMACH AND BRAUNS.

AND WE GOT AWAY FROM USING THEM

AS JUST MERE EXAMPLES AND WE

HAVE GOTTEN TOWARDS HAVING THEM

EXCLUSIVELY DEFINE THE GENRE.

THAT LINE OF THINKING

INTENTIONALLY AND

UNINTENTIONALLY HAS EXCLUDED SO

MANY PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY BE

PERFORMERS, MUSIC PATRONS AND

FOLKS WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ART

FORM ITSELF.

AND WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO

DO AND LIKE TO SEE -- I THINK

IT'S HAPPENING A LITTLE BIT --

IS BEING ALLOWED TO LET THE

GENRE EVAL EVOLVE AND BECOME MORE

USEFUL AND UTILITARIAN IN THE

21st CENTURY.

AND I THINK JUST ONE WAY OF

DOING THAT IS TAKING WHAT'S

ALREADY THERE BY BEING VERY

COMPREHENSIVE IN THE

REPRESENTATION AND THE

PROGRAMMING AND TENSIONAL ABOUT

IT.

-- AND INTENTIONAL ABOUT IT,

AND FOR ME, IT'S TAKING THE

WORKS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN

DESCENT.

IT PREDATES THE 16th AND THE

17th CENTURY AND ALL THE WAY

UP TO NOW.

AND IT SOUNDS DIFFERENT.

THERE'S AN AESTHETIC THAT'S

DIFFERENT.

SO THE USE TO EXPLAIN ARE

HISTORY, TO EXPLAIN MAYBE HOW WE

CLASSIFY PARTICULAR PERIODS IN

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN GENERAL.

I THINK WE CAN DO THAT NOT JUST

FOR COMPOSERS OF AFRICAN

AMERICAN DESCENT AND ANY GROUP

THAT'S BEEN HISTORICALLY LEFT

OUT.

>> THREE YEARS AGO WAS WHEN I

INTENTIONALLY DECIDED TO START

EXCLUSIVELY PROGRAMMING AND

PERFORMING MASTERS OF WORK OF

AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENT.

IT BREATHES NEW LIFE IN MUSIC

FOR ME IN GENERAL.

I HAVE ENJOYED THEM, BUT THIS

GAME, IT OPENED UP A BRAND NEW

WORLD OF MUSIC FOR ME AND I WAS

JUST LIKE, WOW, THIS ADDED

LONGEVITY TO SOMETHING THAT I AT

SOME POINT DIDN'T KNOW IF I

STILL WANTED TO DO ANYMORE.

THE MESSAGE I FEEL LIKE I'M HERE

TO GIVE IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT

THAN ME AS THE MESSENGER.

I'M FUN FOR A LITTLE BIT, BUT

THE MESSAGE OF PROMOTING AND

ADVOCATING FOR AND INSISTING ON

THE INTENTIONAL PROGRAMMING AND

THE PERFORMANCE OF MASTERS WORKS

OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENT.

THAT'S A MESSAGE THAT'S BEEN

EXPLAINED AND TALKED ABOUT

BEFORE I GOT HERE, WHILE I'M

HERE, AND THEN WHEN I'M NOT HERE

ANYMORE.

THERE'S STILL GOING TO BE A NEED

FOR THAT.

I WANT TO SEE A DIFFERENT

EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG BLACK

MUSICIANS SPECIFICALLY, PEOPLE

OF COLOR, AND WOMEN IN GENERAL,

THAN I HAD GROWING UP.

>> AND YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE

ABOUT THE ADDRESS ON THE SCREEN.

NOW WE ARE JOINED BY SUSAN DYER,

THE DIRECTOR HERE AT THE MONROE

COUNTY HISTORY CENTER.

>> THANK YOU.

I'M GLAD YOU CAN BE HERE.

>> YOU ARE ALL ABOUT THE HISTORY

OF MONROE COUNTY BUT WE WOULD

LIKE TO KNOW HOW THIS GROUP GOT

STARTED.

>> YOU ARE IN FRONT OF AN

HISTORIC BUILDING, AS YOU CAN

TELL.

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1918 MONROE

PUBLIC LIBRARY.

AND WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE MONROE

COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TOOK

THIS OVER IN OH, THE MID-'70s.

THE CITY WANTED TO TEAR IT DOWN

AND TURN IT INTO I APARKING A PARKING LOT

FOR THE NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY NEXT

DOOR.

THEY CAME TOGETHER TO SAVE THE

BUILDING AND GOT THINGS TOGETHER

SO THAT THEY COULD, BY 1980,

OPEN UP A HISTORY CENTER.

THE REST OF THIS IS WAS AN

ADDITION THAT WAS PUT ON IN THE

1990s, BUT IT HOUSES OUR

COLLECTION, OUR EXHIBITS, AND

ALSO OUR GENEALOGY RESEARCH

LIBRARY.

AND EVEN BEFORE YOU WERE HOUSED

IN THIS BUILDING, THERE WAS A

GROUP OF LOCAL HISTORIANS WHO

SORT OF STARTED THIS GROUP,

CORRECT?

>> YES.

SO IN 1905, THE MONROE COUNTY

HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

IT WAS ABOUT FIVE OR SIX

ACADEMICACADEMIC PROFESSORS AT I.U. THAT

WOULD COME TOGETHER AND RECITE

ESSAYS TO EACH OTHER, ABOUT

LITTLE HISTORICAL FACTS IN

MONROE COUNTY.

IT STARTED THAT WAY, AND, YOU

KNOW, IT WENT ON AND OFF FOR

MANY YEARS THROUGH THE WAR.

IT FADED A LITTLE BIT AND THEN

THEY WOULD GET BACK TOGETHER

WHEN SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN, AND

THAT'S THE GROUP THAT EVENTUALLY

CAME TOGETHER TO OPEN UP THE

HISTORY CENTER.

>> SO INSIDE THIS BUILDING, WHAT

KIND OF THINGS CAN VISITORS

FIND?

>> WE HAVE A REALLY WIDE

COLLECTION OF THINGS.

SO WE HAVE GOT THINGS THAT

PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE

DONATED.

WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF NATURAL

HISTORY, A LOT ABOUT LIMESTONE,

OF COURSE.

WE HAVE PIONEER HISTORY.

WE TALK ABOUT COOK INDUSTRY, AND

A LOT OF THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE TEMPORARY

EXHIBITS THAT OPEN UP AND WE CAN

FEATURE DIFFERENT THINGS WHEN WE

TALK ABOUT THOSE.

>> ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US,

SUSAN.

WE WILL TALK MORE WITH YOU IN

JUST A BIT ABOUT SOME OF THINGS

HOUSED HERE IN THE BUILDING,

BUT, FIRST, WE'RE HEADED JUST

DOWN THE ROAD TO LACE UP OUR

GLOVES AND STEP INTO THE RING.

OUR PRODUCER HAS THE STORY

BEHIND B-TOWN BOXING.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS

THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN

WAITING FOR.

NOW MAKING HIS ENTRANCE INTO THE

RING, WELCOME THE CHALLENGER.

SO LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

>> BOXING IS UP WITH OF THE

LONELIEST SPORTS THERE IS.

IT'S ONLY YOU AND YOUR OPPONENT

IN THE RING.

NOBODY ELSE CAN FIGHT FOR YOU.

YOU HAVE TO BE DEDICATED.

YOU HAVE TO DEDICATE MORE TIME

THAN ANYTHING IF YOU WANT TO BE

A FIGHTER.

YOU HAVE TO KEEP TRAINING, KEEP

FIGHTING AND IT DOES GET LONELY

SOMETIMES.

SOMETIMES YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE

IN THE GYM AND YOU HAVE TO FIGHT

THROUGH THAT WORKOUT, EVEN IF

YOU DON'T NECESSARILY WANT TO

THAT DAY.

>> I DIDN'T REALLY CHOOSE

BOXING.

BOXING KIND OF CHOSE ME.

WHEN I WAS 12 OR 13, ME AND MY

BROTHERS WERE FIGHTING A LOT,

AND MY PARENTS THREW US IN THE

GYM, AND I JUST KIND.

FELL IN LOVE WITH IT -- KIND OF

FELL IN LOVE WITH IT AND STUCK

WITH IT EVER SINCE.

>> COME ON, JOSH!

>> BOXING MEANS EVERYTHING TO

ME!

IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE DONE FOR A

LONG TIME.

IT'S SOMETHING I'M REALLY

PASSIONATE ABOUT.

IT'S SOMETHING I CAN SEE MYSELF

DOING FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE,

IF POSSIBLE.

EITHER, I'M FIGHTING OR COACHING

OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE, IT'S

SOMETHING I WANT TO BE A PART OF

FOR AS LONG AS I CAN.

I DON'T THINK BOXING IS A

VIOLENT SPORT.

I THINK IT'S A CLASSY SPORT.

I THINK THIS' A LOT OF RHYTHM

AND TECHNIQUE THAT A LOT OF

PEOPLE DON'T SEE.

SOMETIMESPEOPLE THINK THAT

BOXING IS JUST TWO PEOPLE TRYING

TO KNOCK EACH OTHER OUT.

YOU HAVE TO TIME YOUR OPPONENT.

YOU'VE GOT TO TIME YOUR SHOTS

CORRECTLY, AND YOU'VE GOT TO

HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF RANGE AND

TIMING AND RHYTHM IN ORDER TO BE

SUCCESSFUL.

SO IT'S NOT JUST LIKE A STREET

FIGHT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> WHEN YOU'RE IN THE RING,

THREE MINUTES SEEMS LIKE A LONG

TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE

THAT FOCUSED AND THE MINUTE REST

SEEMS LIKE IT'S INSANELY SHORT,

LIKE 10 SECONDS SOMETIMES.

THAT'S WHY YOUR PREPARATION IS

SUPER IMPORTANT.

IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO FIGHT

THOSE THREE, THREE-MINUTE ROUNDS

AS LONG AS YOU CAN, IT WILL SEEM

EVEN LONGER TO YOU.

THAT'S WHY ALL THE PREPARATION

IS DONE IN THE GYM SO THE THREE

MINUTES DOESN'T SEEM LIKE

ANYTHING WHEN YOU ARE REALLY IN

THERE.

AT THAT MOMENT, WHEN THE BELL

RINGS IN THE FIRST ROUND,

THERE'S NO TURNING BACK.

I KNOW I'M IN THERE, AND I'M

READY TO FIGHT.

I KNOW I WON'T QUIT OR LEAVE THE

RING AS LONG AS I GET KNOCKED

OUT.

NO BOXER WANTS TO GET KNOCKED

OUT, BUT IT HAPPENS.

BOXING IS 80% MENTAL AND 20%

PHYSICAL.

ANYONE CAN TRAIN AND LEARN HOW

TO BOX.

A LOT OF BOXING HAS NO DEAL WITH

HOW STRONG YOU ARE MENTALLY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF MENTAL

ASPECTS.

CONSISTENTLY TRAINING AND

CONSISTENTLY STAYING FOCUSED AND

NOT GETTING DISTRACTED BY

ANYTHING FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD

AND THEN YOU HAVE TO STAY

COMPLETELY RELAXED.

YOU DO.

WANT TO BE TENSE OR ANYTHING AND

THAT.

COULDS DOWN TOCOMES DOWN TO THE MENTAL.

IF YOU HAVE ONE GOOD SHOT, YOU

GO DOWN.

AND THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE TO

BRING YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND

STAY STRONG AND KEEP FIGHTING.

WINNING A BOXING MATCH IS ONE OF

THE BEST FEELINGS EVER AS A

FIGHTER.

YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN.

A LOT OF SACRIFICE IS MADE SO

YOU CAN TRAIN AND WINNING A

FIGHT JUST FEELS AMAZING!

BUT LOSING IS ALSO VERY

IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE A

LOSS AND TAKE SOME LESSONS

LEARNED FROM IT.

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT,

THEN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A

TOUGH TIME, BECAUSE YOU WILL

LOSE SOMETIMES.

YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO AT LEAST

TAKE SOMETHING FROM THAT, THAT

YOU CAN WORK ON TO BETTER

YOURSELF.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT

EXERCISES THAT YOU DO AS A

FIGHTER.

IT'S A GOOD FULL BODY WORKOUT.

YOU DO THE BATTLE ROPES AND THE

TIRE FLIPS AND SPEED BAG WORK.

DOUBLE END BAGS, AND WE HAVE A

LOT OF DIFFERENT HEAVY BAGS

HERE.

SO EVERY HEAVY BAG WILL MOVE

DIFFERENT WAYS.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT SHAPES,

DIFFERENT WEIGHTS AND DIFFERENT

MOVEMENTS TO MIMIC THE DIFFERENT

STYLES OF FIGHTERS THAT YOU WILL

FACE.

WHEN YOU ARE WORKING DOUBLE END

BAGS YOU WANT TO WORK MORE ON

YOUR SPEED AND TECHNIQUE AND

YOUR FORM AND WORKING MORE ON

SNAPPING YOUR PUNCHES AND

KEEPING YOUR PUNCHES QUICK AND

MOVING AROUND A LITTLE BIT MORE.

B-TOWN BOXING CLUB IS A U.S.A.

BOXING CERTIFIED GYM, AND WE

TEACH THE FUNDAMENTALS OF

BOXING, NOT VIOLENCE.

SO ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO COME

HERE AND LEARN HOW TO BOX OR GET

IN SHAPE, THAT'S WHAT WE DO

HERE.

WE HAVE FIVE GOLDEN GLOVE

CHAMPIONS, WE ALSO HAVE A COUPLE

OF OUR FIGHTERS THAT HAVE WENT

ON TO TURN PRO.

SO ONE OF THEM IS IN TEXAS,

MARQUES KING AND THE OTHER ONE

SKYLER ORTIZ, HE'S FIGHTING UP

IN INDY.

THEY ALL STARTED HERE.

AND I WILL MAKE MY PRO DEBUT IN

JUNE OR JULY OF 2020.

I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD TRY

BOXING ONCE IN THEIR LIFE,

WHETHER IT FOR STRESS RELIEVING

OR GETTING IN SHAPE.

IT WILL TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT

YOURSELF IN WAYS YOU DON'T

EXPECT IT TO.

I THINK BOXING AND LIFE ARE VERY

SIMILAR.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF

PEOPLE HAVE SAID OVER THE YEARS.

YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH RELATE

ANYTHING IN BOXING INTO LIFE.

IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH

SOMETHING HARD IN YOUR LIFE, YOU

STILL GOT TO KEEP FIGHTING.

LIFE WILL NOT STOP FOR ANYBODY.

THE SAME WITH BOXING, IF YOU GET

KNOCKED DOWN OR WHATEVER, YOU

HAVE GOT TO GET BACK UP AND KEEP

FIGHTING.

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU ARE

GOING THROUGH.

IT WILL TEACH YOU TO DIG DOWN

AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE

FIGHTING FOR AND TEACH YOU A LOT

ABOUT YOURSELF.

IT WILL BRING OUT SOMEBODY THAT

YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WAS THERE.

>> YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO SAY, I

ALWAYS WANTED TO TAKE BOXING

LESSONS.

I JUST NEVER HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY.

>> WELL, I ACTUALLY HAVE TAKEN

SOME BOXING CLASSES AND IT IS SO

MUCH FUN!

VERY EMPOWERING.

>> YOU CAN GET ALL THE INFO AT

BTOWNBOXING.COM.

>> AND NOW WE ARE JOINED ONCE

AGAIN BY SUSAN DYER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> EARLIER WE TALKED A LITTLE

BIT ABOUT THE GENERAL

COLLECTIONS IN THE MUSEUM.

CAN YOU POINT OUT A FEW

HIGHLIGHTS FOR US?

>> UP WITH OF THE THINGS I LOVE

IS THE 1840s CABIN THAT THEY

ACTUALLY RECONSTRUCTED IN THE

BUILDING.

THAT'S AN INCREDIBLE ONE.

I FEEL WHEN I GO IN THERE, I CAN

FEEL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LIVED

IN AND WE HAVE SO MANY FAMILIES

THAT COME IN AND SAY, I PLAYED

IN THIS BUILDING WHEN I WAS A

CHILD, WHICH JUST REALLY IS A

NEAT WAY TO RECOGNIZE THE

HISTORY OF THIS COMMUNITY.

>> AND IS THIS A MORE POPULAR

EXHIBIT AROUND?

>> MONROE, THE BEAR, WHO IS A

9-FOOT KODIAK BEAR THAT USED TO

LIVE IN SCHMULTZ'S DEPARTMENT

STAR.

IF YOU TOUCH THE LITTLE FUR

PATCH WE HAVE, HE ROARS FOR YOU.

THAT'S VERY POPULAR WITH EVERY

SCHOOL KID THAT COMES THROUGH

HERE.

>> IF FOLKS WANT MORE

INFORMATION, WHERE SHOULD THEY

GO?

>> OUR WEB PAGE IS REALLY GRAY,

MONROEHISTORY.ORG AND WE HAVE A

LOT OF THINGS ON THERE ARE.

YOU CAN SEARCH THE COLLECTION ON

THERE, AND COME UP WITH -- YOU

CAN HIT A RANDOM THING AND IT

WILL SHOW YOU DIFFERENT RANDOM

PIECES FROM THE COLLECTION.

THAT WILL TELL YOU MORE.

>> AND HOW ELSE CAN FOLKS

EXPLORE THE COLLECTIONS HERE?

>> WELL, IN ADDITION TO CHECKING

OUT THINGS LIKE, YOU KNOW,

EXPLORE THE COLLECTION WITH

RANDOM PHOTOS, WHAT I'M REALLY

EXCITED ABOUT IS THE NEW

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING

THAT WE STARTED THIS YEAR.

SO THIS IS ACTUALLY REACHING OUT

TO AN AUDIENCE THAT WE WEREN'T

REACHING OUT TO BEFORE, AND

WE'RE PARTNERING WITH

ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH LIBRARY

SOURCE SERVICE OF I.U. HEALTH.

THEY ARE HELPING US TO BECOME A

DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY BUSINESS.

AND WE HAVE A WHOLE SERIES OF

DIFFERENT THINGS, GALLERY WALKS

AND MEMORY CAFES THAT ARE

FOCUSED ON MAKING PEOPLE LIVING

WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARE

PARTNERS COMFORTABLE AND

ALLOWING THEM TO SHARE MEMORIES

WITH EACH OTHER.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M REALLY

EXCITED ABOUT AND THAT'S

AVAILABLE, FREE TO THE

COMMUNITY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT TO

DEVELOP THAT.

>> THAT'S REALLY WONDERFUL.

>> THANK YOU.

>> AND WHAT IS THE WEBSITE SO

PEOPLE CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

OUT ABOUT YOU.

>> WWW.MONROEHISTORY.ORG.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVE

US, SUSAN.

>> THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOU COMING.

>> AND AS ALWAYS, WE ENCOURAGE

YOU TO STAY CONNECTED WITH US.

>> JUST HEAD OVER TO

JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG.

AND THERE YOU CAN SEE FULL

EPISODES AND CONNECT WITH ON

FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE AND GET

STORIES FROM YOUR NECK OF THE

WOODS.

>> BEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE, LET'S

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME MORE OF THE

TREASURES HERE AT THE MONROE

COUNTY HISTORY CENTER.

>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

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