Released on the heels of this year’s presidential election, the Ball State University Archives & Special Collections exhibit, “Muncie Votes! Middletown’s Contribution to National Politics” will be displayed in Bracken Library through January 27, 2017. The installation seeks, as the Ball State Libraries report, to “present national presidential politics and campaigns through the lens of Muncie as Middletown, highlighting the city as a significant and symbolic destination for national political figures throughout many eras.”
(Shown: Excerpts here from “Muncie Votes! Middletown’s Contribution to National Politics” on display now at the BSU Archives and Special Collections, Bracken Library, 2nd Floor. Photo credit: author.)
Owing to its prominence as America’s Middletown and an industrial powerhouse of the 20th Century, Muncie has been consistently able to garner – and stir! – a significant political interest throughout its history. Among the showcase will be items from the University Archives’ collections of Frank A. Bracken, son of the library’s namesake and former counsel to the U.S. Department of the Interior; Indiana’s 44th governor and former U.S. Secretary of Health Dr. Otis R. Bowen; and Philip R. Sharp, the 20-year Democratic House Representative from Indiana.
Make certain not to miss your chance at experiencing this one-of-a-kind salute to Muncie’s political prominence!
The Archives & Special Collections, hosts of “Muncie Votes!” are located on the second floor of Ball State’s Bracken Library, in room 210. Their offices are open 8:00am-8:00pm, Monday and Tuesday, 8:00am-6:00pm Wednesday-Friday, and can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling (765) 285-5078.