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S04 E06 – Everyday Life in Middletown


Everyday Life in Middletown is a multi-media examination of ordinary life in Muncie, Indiana, led by the Center for Middletown Studies, whose mission is to build on the scholarship inaugurated by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd in their landmark studies Middletown (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937). These in-depth accounts of life in Muncie, Indiana, became classic sociological studies and established the community as a barometer of social trends in the United States.

An earlier version of the Everyday Life in Middletown project was sponsored by the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and the Center for Middletown Studies. The results from that seminar may be explored at this project page.

The upcoming Everyday Life in Middletown project is gathering the many voices of Muncie to create a true representation of life in the city and seeks to create a rich historical archive that will be accessible to researchers and neighbors alike.

The project is looking for participants, preferably by its next “diary day” on November 15th, 2017. Interested individuals may view this document for more information and contact project director Pat Collier, whose contact information is at the bottom of the document (a PDF viewer is required).

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