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Pre-Meeting Tours

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Indiana University Folklore Sites and Resources Tour

Wednesday, October 12, 8:45 AM--3:30 PM

Cost: free (lunch on your own)

Indiana University has a long history of folklore and ethnomusicological studies. We invite you to join us for a pre-meeting tour that will introduce you to some of the unique facilities available to these fields on campus. Alumni may remember these places from their time in Bloomington, and we hope that members unfamiliar with the campus will discover new resources and possibilities for future collaboration.

Each facility on the tour is putting together an exhibit and/or presentation to coincide with the conference and its theme of "Peace, War, Folklore.” The tour is free (except for lunch) and you may register for all of the sites or only those of your choosing. Spaces are limited, and you must preregister for each location, so please act quickly.

Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 9:00-9:45 AM
Presentation on the Mathers Museum, "Bloomington Time Capsule” Exhibit, "From the Big Bang to the Present” Exhibit, small group tours of the collections
(Maximum number: 40)

IU Libraries Folklore Collection, 10:15-10:30 AM
Presentation on the Folklore Collection and a showcase of select materials
(Maximum number: 20)

IU Folklore Archives, 10:30-11:00 AM
Presentation on the IU Folklore Archives and a showcase of Folklore Archive materials
(Maximum number: 20)

Archives of Traditional Music & Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis (EVIA) Digital Archive, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Presentation on the Archives of Traditional Music and EVIA, a noon concert, and small group tours of the archives
(Maximum number: 40)

Lilly Library, 2:30–3:30 PM
Presentation on the Lilly Library, a showcase of Richard M. Dorson and various other folkloric collections, a Richard M. Dorson exhibit
(Maximum number: 20)

If you would like to consult with any of these facilities on your own, you can find contact information on the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology’s website at

If you register for the entire tour, please plan to meet in the hotel lobby of the Indiana Memorial Union by 8:45 am. A guide will escort you to the Mathers Museum for a presentation beginning at 9:00 am. Guides will then escort the group from one location to the next for the rest of the day. If you register for only one site on the tour, please meet in the hotel lobby of the Indiana Memorial Union 15 minutes before your tour site presentation is scheduled to begin. A guide will escort you from the IMU to the tour site.

Lunch is not provided. However, you may purchase lunch from the cafeteria in the Wells Library between 11:30 am and 12 noon. Additionally, boxed lunches may also be available for purchase during the Archives of Traditional Music’s presentation (cash only).

Hoosier Limestone Tour

Wednesday October 12, 9:30 AM--3:30 PM

Cost: $45 (does not include lunch, includes gratuity for drivers)

Note: Portions of this tour will require extensive walking.

Indiana is the source for the best limestone in the country. Limestone from Bloomington and the surrounding area has been used in such famous buildings as the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and the Washington National Cathedral. This tour will take you on a fun-filled ride to explore the production and use of limestone around Bloomington.

In the morning we will leave from the doors of the Indiana Memorial Union (built with Indiana limestone) and the Marriott Courtyard to see local quarries, buildings, sculptures, and possibly a limestone carver’s studio.

After a break for lunch at a local eatery, we will tour various cemeteries around Bloomington to look at tombstones made from limestone. This portion of the tour will include extensive walking, so please wear comfortable shoes and come dressed for the weather!

(Minimum number: 6. Maximum number: 21)

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