CoryDoors – Discovery Center #ThursdayDoors

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.

Front door with a sombodyelfie. I like the brickwork. Boring light.

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:

Doors to the model of an Archivist office.

The office was swell!

The roll-top of a desk is a door.
This cabinet has a door.
Tin ceiling!

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.

Moving picture not moving
Just like in Harry Potter. Only, you know, not.

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.

Not fancy, but nice.

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.

That’s not a Chinese dragon behind them; it’s the Mississippi. These are of the Mississippian culture.

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.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “CoryDoors – Discovery Center #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan Antion

    June 21, 2018 at 9:17am

    Excellent doors! I love walking through this display and museum with you. I’m gonna pass this along to an archivist friend. I also like the word “sombodyelfie”

    Drawers, doors, boxes, desktops, they’re all doors of a sort. A museum is a door to the past…right?

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      Marian Allen

      June 21, 2018 at 9:34am

      Absolutely! I adored that room. My companion was like, “Aren’t we going into the actual museum?” I was like, “This isn’t it?”

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  2. Norm 2.0

    June 21, 2018 at 3:09pm

    Drawer doors are still doors in my book so I’m glad you included them.
    That was real nice of the Sheriff to call the kids and offer a tour.
    Good post šŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      June 21, 2018 at 3:17pm

      I couldn’t believe the sheriff was so nice! He told them those were good qualifications, but he didn’t run as fast as he used to. lol

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  3. Tammy Breitweiser

    June 21, 2018 at 4:35pm

    Love these pics!
    I collect pics of doors too. Have used them for writing prompts with kids numerous times!!!

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      Marian Allen

      June 22, 2018 at 7:21am

      Oh, that’s a great prompt! I have a collection of pictures of pictures of doors I’ve snapped in various places that I’m going to dig into sometime when I don’t have time for a doorscursion. Each would be a good story prompt!

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  4. Deborah

    June 21, 2018 at 5:22pm

    Ooh, I reeeally like those archival drawers! I like a roll top desk too. I used to have a small one, but it was too small, and I really didn’t want a bigger one so sold my small one, and bought a bigger desk, but now want a smaller one!

    I liked that cabinet, and that old typewriter too.

    Great collection today!

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      Marian Allen

      June 22, 2018 at 7:30am

      Thanks, Deborah! Whenever I see a roll-top desk, I think of the movie His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

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  5. joey

    June 22, 2018 at 4:16pm

    That looks like a super neat place! I am all about the way they made those drawers! Fabulous!

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      Marian Allen

      June 22, 2018 at 5:24pm

      I know — they ARE fabulous! And we only had time to open a couple. I truly could have spent the day in that room. Too bad they don’t have a cafe, but there’s barely room for the museum. lol

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