If you are interested in digging deeper into some of the themes, evidence, and historical narratives presented in this exhibition in the context of local history, check out the presentations below created by other students in past sections of HIST 200: Introduction to History and Historical Methods, History 414: Seminar in Middletown Studies, or the Teacher-Scholar Program at Ball State University.
To learn about Cocaine Alley, the racialization and gendering of drug use, and how Muncie struggled with controlling access to narcotics from 1870-1920, in this StoryMaps project created by Griffin Hamilton and Samantha Kidder (Summer 2022):
Interested in hearing more from the historians who investigated Muncie in the Progressive Era? Watch this recording of "Spotlight on Muncie," a session from the 2023 Ball State Student History Conference (90 mins.) to hear about the joys and challenges of tracking social and women's history:
Work by Kathleen Donoho, Katrina Partlow, Halle Pressler, Sophia Halfman, Griffin Hamilton, and Samantha Kidder is presented here. The session was moderated by Melissa Gentry.
The Evolution of Getting a Living in Middletown is a Scalar website created by students who completed History 414: Seminar in Middletown Studies (taught by Dr. James J. Connolly) in Fall 2022. Students explored and documented the work experience from the late nineteenth century to the present using archival materials focused on Muncie, IN. This site traces changes in work during and after the period of rapid industrialization and the impact of deindustrialization on workers and companies, as well as the intersectional experiences of women, Blacks, and other minority groups.
Did you know that Indiana prohibited the sale and possession of alcohol a full year before the American federal government passed the Eighteenth Amendment introducing the period called Prohibition (January 17, 1920-December 5, 1933)? Learn more about the debates in Muncie about alcohol and the road to Prohibition in these two podcasts by Cristian Patino and John Williams:
Did you like learning about alcohol and prohibition? Check out this MapFling presentation counting Muncie's saloons:
Investigate prostitution in Gas Boom Muncie through mapping and primary source analysis with a StoryMaps project created for HIST 633 in Fall 2021 by Cory Balkenbusch and Emily McGuire: https://tinyurl.com/msbh247k