Working Men's Institute & Library

Working Men's Institute & Library

Working Men's Institute & Library
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MaaikeBradenton
Brookfield, OH133 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Others have commented on all the wonderful items, so I’ll talk about the genealogy section. Small - but a good selection of items to study. There are even more items in a vault and the librarian was very helpful in finding them.

I am in a power wheelchair and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get into the building much less to the 2nd floor museum. But there is an elevator to the right of the front door (as you’re looking at the building). There is a button (like for automatic doors) that opens the door to a tiny lobby. Just call the elevator and you are off. Both floors were very easy for me to get around.
Written April 19, 2021
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vdempsey
Quincy, IL169 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Still the town library, it is free to enter and see the museum of art and 200 year old collections of shells, turtles and bones on the third floor.The Utopian society was short lived. But an interesting story.
Written June 12, 2022
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gazooby
Bloomington, IN427 contributions
Oct 2020
the best collection of historical artifacts, totally free, and really interesting fossil/natural history collection. Kids will LOVE it, especially your budding scientists.
Written October 26, 2020
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Prestinna
Chicago, Illinois182 contributions
Aug 2021
One of the best places we visited in New Harmony, because unlike almost everything else, it was open. Perfect place for dancing in the dark, because there were no lights! That's right; no light switches, no one to ask about the lights, shades pulled down, presumably to protect the artifacts. I saw a framed copy of a well-known Murillo, a wagon used to transport things to the original New Harmony, and taxidermy showing widely varying degrees of skill. Maybe they have great stuff here, but we wouldn't know, because we couldn't see it.
Written August 6, 2021
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robinreagan3
Indianapolis, IN102 contributions
Mar 2021
The history of the Working Men's Institute & Library, which we learned on an Atheneum tour, is what we found quite interesting. Actually touring the building a little less so. The building itself is beautiful and the second floor library awash in natural light on a sunny, early spring day. The small history museum/art gallery opposite to the library is interesting, but could use a museum intern to devise ways to engage people, especiallly kids, with the exhibits and history. Worth a stop, but probably would spend less than 30 minutes here.
Written March 31, 2021
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN3,000 contributions
Apr 2022
We missed this when we visited 23 years ago. I was looking forward to visiting. Unfortunately, the entire building is covered with scaffolding. There's no mention of this on the web site or on the sign outside. Is it open? Is it safe to go in? I did see someone inside at the window, but it it seemed like an OSHA violation to walk under scaffolding. We left disappointed.
Written April 27, 2022
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LaChatNoir
West Lafayette, IN1,230 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Totally worth a quick stop to visit the little museum upstairs chock full of history and oddities. Very interesting history and important tie to the Owen/Maclure Utopian community.
Written October 4, 2020
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Dianna P
Independence, Missouri726 contributions
Aug 2020
If you are running short of time skip the Athenium and go here! There is history and geology and it is much more worth the trip.
Written August 25, 2020
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hoosier16
Indiana50 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
The building is interesting, but the free museum on the second floor is a must see. It is Like the attic for stuff from Posey County and the Town of New Harmony. It is an eclectic collection, but there is something for everyone. This building is not on the official tour, so you have to seek it out. But it is well worth and helps tell the story of New Harmony.
Written October 31, 2018
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AaronWilliams
Saint Louis, MO72 contributions
Nov 2016 • Solo
This historic jewel of New Harmony is the oldest public library in the state. WMI also serves as an excellent eclectic museum, containing collections of past residents, artwork, natural science and historic artifacts, and furniture. The building and many of its fixtures are beautifully restored. Have a chat with the librarian trustee for even more insight to better appreciate what you're seeing. Free, though donations welcomed.
Written November 12, 2016
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