Mathers Museum 800 Seasons Exhibit

The history of Bloomington

Bloomington's population includes many people who relocated from elsewhere and may or may not live in the city for long. Helping this population and others learn about choices made by past city governments and residents will help citizens better understand the shape of Bloomington today.

Opening in 2019, the exhibition “800 Seasons: Change and Continuity in Bloomington, 1818-2018” considers how Indiana University and the residents of Monroe County have provided for themselves through the use of such essential resources as food, fuel, water, and building materials. It looks at the constraints and challenges presented by Monroe County’s landscape—a hilly, wooded terrain, far from navigable waterways, that presented no obviously conducive settlement opportunities. In doing so, 800 Seasons will communicate the implications of human actions on the environment and foster dialogues about future actions to be undertaken.