Join us for the opening reception of Building a Nation: Indiana Limestone Photograph Exhibit, May 29th from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Wylie House Museum Education Center, located at 307 E. 2nd St., Bloomington, Indiana. The exhibit features historical photographs of Indiana limestone quarries, mills, and building sites from around the country and showcases the important legacy that Indiana limestone played in the architectural and social history of the United States. Duncan Campbell, a retired professor in Ball State’s architectural program with extensive experience in historic preservation, will give a presentation at 6 pm. The exhibit and reception are open to the public and admission is free.
The exhibit will remain up for the entire month of June. This event is part of Limestone Month, a series of activities and events highlighting the industry, architecture, artistry and heritage along the Indiana Limestone Heritage Trail. Sponsors of this event are Indiana Geological Survey, Wylie House Museum – IU Libraries, and Visit Bloomington.
Coal, oil, natural gas. Scientists at the IGS are involved in assessing the distribution and quality of the state's energy resources and determining the feasibility of developing new ones like shale oil, coal-bed methane, and geothermal energy.
The IGS's important sources of information — geologic maps, rock and core collections, and well records — help geologists refine our understanding of these vital resources to help Indiana sustain a viable economy.
Building a Nation: Collection of Photos Rescued
The IGS recently rescued a hidden collection of more than 10,000 photographs of buildings that were built from Indiana limestone. The photos, originally used by the Indiana Limestone Company for marketing purposes, were housed in a dilapidated house in Bedford, Indiana, and were beginning to deteriorate. They were taken from the early to mid-1900s and illustrate architectural styles, limestone uses, and limestone types. Reflecting the urban transformation of the country, the collection details commercial, municipal, institutional, and residential building projects in nearly every state.
IGS staff categorized and scanned the photos and, working with the Indiana University Libraries, have made the Indiana and Chicago parts of Building a Nation: The Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection available on the Web.
Rocks and mineral resources are essential for Indiana’s continued economic development. Rich deposits of limestone, dolomite, gypsum, and sand and gravel are source materials for concrete and mortar used in building foundations, roadways, and bridges. The IGS mapping program accurately locates these mineral commodities so that effective routing and shipping keeps their cost as low as possible. Another valuable resource is Indiana limestone, renowned the world over as a premier building stone. Survey scientists carefully map, test, and assess this valuable mineral resource to benefit the state’s economy.