Did this visit way back last spring, but just getting around to sharing the pictures. This is the Discovery Center in Corydon, Indiana. The Discovery Center is small but choice. It’s housed in the building that used to be the jail. I used to think it was funny that the jail was right next to the bank. Like, How convenient. Then they built a new jail outside of town. Next to the new bank. So apparently, it’s A Thing.
#3 Daughter and her bestie/cousin used to play Detective all the time, and they wrote to the sheriff (they were about 10) and applied to be deputies. They gave their qualifications as, “We’re sneaky and we can run fast.” He called me and asked if he could speak to these young applicants, and he invited them on a tour of the jail. So I have happy memories of this building, although I realize that many don’t.
Here’s the door, now. Not the original jail door, obvs.
Inside, behind the souvenirs, is a plate-glass window displaying the old archives. Drawers are kinda sorta doors, right? These would have been full of folded paper documents.
To your left:
The office was swell!
Here, on the inside of the display of the original archive boxes, are metal slide-outs made to look like archive boxes. Slide one out to view the original document and a clear print-out of what it says. This one is an emancipation document. Corydon has had its faults, but two landmark emancipation cases were adjudicated here, in favor of emancipation.
There were three pictures on the wall. One of the archivist (Picture didn’t turn out — sorry), a Civil War soldier (because John Hunt Morgan came through and whupped our boys but got whupped hisownself as word spread he was coming), and a lady reporter. All of a sudden, they started talking! The reporter and the archivist had quite the little spat. Too funny! What’s even funnier is that I took still photographs of them.
We could have stayed in there for hours, but we were on the clock, so we went through this door into the actual museumy part.
There was only one door in the actual museum part. I kept waiting for this guy to get out of the way so I could take a picture, but he wouldn’t, so I just had to snap and go on.
This has actually been part of Thursday Doors, a link-up hosted by Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his photographs, click on the blue frog link, and enter a world of doors.
A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Send a character to visit a small museum, where they discover something.