New Digital Media Repository Collections
Newly added to the Digital Media Repository:
The Delaware County Fraternal Orders digital collection includes pamphlets and publications documenting the formation and history of the Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias, Knights Templar, Odd Fellows, and Red Men orders in Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana from 1846-1931.
The history of fraternal organizations in Delaware County began in the fall of 1842 when a number of Masons met and petitioned the Grand Lodge of the State of Indiana for recognition as Delaware Lodge No. 46. The lodge met in an upper room of the Dr. Samuel Anthony home at 116 S. High St. and Dr. Anthony was appointed first master. A short time later, the Lodge moved its meeting rooms to the West upper room of the Courthouse.
The Kirkpatrick Memorial Conference and Workshops on Aging digital collection provides access to conference proceedings and programs from the Kirkpatrick Memorial Conference and Workshops on Aging at Ball State University with materials dating from 1955 to 2004. The conference and workshop sessions present the scholarship of nationally prominent figures in the field of gerontology, examining social, biological, psychological, and economic aspects of aging.
The conference and workshop series was first organized in 1955 by Nila Kirkpatrick Covalt and is funded by the estate of her parents, prominent Muncie residents J. Walter and Arrena I. Kirkpatrick, for whom the series is named. Initially, workshops were held jointly at Ball State and the Indiana University Medical Center, but by 1959, Ball State became the sole location for the event.
Before becoming an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Ball State, Kenneth Heinen spent 35 years as a photojournalist. In 1968, he captured the story of the Poor People's Campaign in a series of captivating photographs featured within this digital collection.
Organized in November 1967 by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Poor People's Campaign was part of the second phase of the Civil Rights Movement. The campaign's purpose was to address issues of economic justice, including fair minimum wage and unemployment insurance, education for the poor, and housing. Ten thousand individuals planned to descend upon southern and northern states, as well as Washington, D.C., to spread their nonviolent message. Dr. King hoped this event would pressure the federal government into enacting anti-poverty legislation totaling $30 billion.
After Dr. King's assassination in April 1968, SCLC decided to continue the campaign in King's honor. On May 12, the first wave of demonstrators, spearheaded by King's Wife, Coretta Scott King, began what would become weeks of protest in Washington, DC.
The powerful and striking photographs that Heinen took during this period illustrate and illuminate this important event in American history and the people who lived it.
The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County digital collection provides online access to newsletters, meeting minutes, annual reports, news releases, brochures and correspondence regarding their philanthropy work in the community ranging from 1985-2012.
This digital collection will continue to grow and include news releases, brochures, and correspondence ranging from 1985-2012.
The mission of The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. is to encourage philanthropy, assist donors in building an enduring source of charitable assets and exercise leadership in directing resources to enhance the quality of life of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana. It was established in 1985 as the result of a challenge from the Ball Foundation and Ball family members. Today, the Foundation continues to grow as a vital philanthropic partner in the community providing a range of services in Muncie and throughout Delaware County.