Neighbors: Stories of Community in Northwest Indiana
September 24, 2015 – December 5, 2016
We live in community every day. We go to the store, talk with our friends and coworkers, and wave at our neighbors. Our children go to school, and play at the park with their friends. We travel to shop, to eat, to entertain and be entertained. We vote, pay taxes, volunteer, argue, and agree. We are socially, politically, economically, and culturally connected by the people we interact with daily.
What defines a community, and what does it mean to live in one? Is there a right way or a wrong way to do so? How are communities formed? By circumstance? By intention? By inclusion? By exclusion? What does it mean to live well in community? What does it mean to be a good neighbor?
Neighbors: Stories of Community in Northwest Indiana is the result of a partnership with Valparaiso University’s Hands on History class and describes the history of race relations and civil rights in the Region. Through stories of exclusion and inclusion, the exhibit asks us to examine what it means to be a neighbor.
View a digital image of the exhibit.