Millions of Native American Artifacts At Glenn A. Black Archaeology Lab — Found a relic? Bring it in!

BY PETER DORFMAN Got a mysterious Native American artifact you’d love to identify? Bring it to the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology. Indiana University archaeologists hold Artifact Office Hours the first and third Thursday of every month at the lab at 423 N. Fess Ave. They’ll examine your find and do their best to determine what it is and where it came from. “Recently, somebody brought in a stone, probably from Central America, with an interesting face carved on it,” says April Sievert, the lab’s director. “People have brought in some amazing Native American ceremonial pipes. We won’t offer an appraisal — that’s not our mission. But we can offer historical insights.” That’s just one reason to visit the […]

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Society Celebrating the Middle Ages Creates Illuminated Medieval Text

BY JULIE GRAY They may live in Indiana, but Hoosier members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) consider themselves denizens of the Middle Kingdom, a realm that includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Iowa, Kentucky, and Canada. The SCA, founded in Berkeley, California, in 1966, is an international organization of people who love the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Members gather regularly to do (mock) battle wearing suits of armor, followed by feasting, singing, and dancing. They give themselves medieval names, fabricate their own costumes using ancient methods of production, and practice ancient skills, such as jousting. John Cash, a Bloomington resident who works at Indiana University, has been an SCA member for 38 years, under the name […]

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‘A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana’ Describes Wonders of Region’s Unspoiled Areas

BY JULIE GRAY “A true measure of civilization is what it leaves unspoiled,” observes noted frontier-fiction writer James Alexander Thom in his introduction to A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana. And thumbing through the guide, recently published by Indiana University Press, you’d have to conclude that southern Indiana is indeed a civilized place. Subtitled 119 Unique Places to Explore, the guide describes the wonders of the region’s remaining unspoiled areas, from vast expanses such as the 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest to tiny patches like the 60-acre Tank Spring Nature Preserve in Martin County. Writer and environmentalist Steven Higgs tells curious explorers how to find these oases and what to look for and do once they have. The founder […]

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Sponsors Wanted: Campaign On To Replace Sick Trees

BY PAUL BICKLEY When Jim Murphy, president of CFC Properties, Inc., and an officer on the Bloomington Parks Foundation board, noticed the trees around the Monroe County Courthouse weren’t looking as healthy as they had in the past, he didn’t just wonder what could be done, he decided to do something. “The trees were getting old and weren’t ones normally planted in urban areas,” he says. Murphy pitched a tree-replacement plan to city officials, then toured the downtown Square with them to identify trees that needed to be replaced. Replacement began in 2014 with two trees on Kirkwood. “Most of the trees weren’t ready yet,” Murphy says. “Now they are.” At the city’s Arbor Day ceremony in April, the Parks […]

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Mild-Mannered Architect Doug Bruce Savors Alternate Life in the Fast Lane

BY MOLLY BRUSH Architect Doug Bruce’s passion for racing first took root when he was growing up near the Bloomington Speedway, where he watched sprint cars race around the dirt track. It grew during annual trips to the Indianapolis 500 with his grandfather. When he was in high school, his father bought a vintage Triumph Spit re, sparking in him a lifelong love of classic British sports cars. It was this combination of racing fandom and an affinity for classic cars that led Bruce, owner of Bloomington-based Tabor/ Bruce Architecture & Design, to vintage racing in 2007. By then the owner of a 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 and a 1968 Austin-Healey Sprite, Bruce attended his first vintage race that summer, watching […]

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