Arch Madness: Sweet 16

Check out the University of Southern Indiana Archives “Arch Madness 2017!”

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

To celebrate March Madness, the University Archives and Special Collections wants to know what you think is the coolest artifact in the archives. During the month of March, sixteen items from our four areas of collecting are battling for the ultimate prize of becoming USI’s coolest artifact! We are asking students, faculty, staff, and the public to vote each day.

Starting February 27th, the archives will post the artifact teams competing that week. We are asking students, faculty, staff, and public to vote on their favorite artifact each week. The winners of each week will continue to the final showdown to determine the “Coolest Artifact.” Voting is available through polls located on the David L. Rice Library Facebook, Twitter, amUSIngArtifacts, or in person in the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of Rice Library. The sixteen artifacts represents the four different areas we collect at the archive such as: University History, Regional History, Special Collections, and Communal Studies.

For more info go to amUSIng Artifacts at


1907 Oak Summit Park

You might remember that Oak Summit Park is now known as Mesker Park.  In current memory, many might recall concerts in the amphitheater but it was a local gathering place long before that.  Check out this advertisement for a concert at the park in 1907.


June 18, 1907 Advertisement for the Thomas Preston Brooke Band and for Miss Grace Chaliear Caborn, a popular soloist on the Chautauqua circuit.