We visited the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. I had a special interest in an exhibit there about polio for two reasons. One is because I am a school nurse and continually work with immunizations and the other is because my husband, Dan, contracted polio when he was 3 years old, right before the polio vaccine became available.
The Indiana History Center is located along a beautiful canal where people love to walk.
Dan vaguely remembers being in an iron lung. When he was able to go home, he had to continue to lie flat. He remembers hearing his parents talk about the Pastor of the church having to take him home because he was the only person they knew who had a station wagon. Then for Dan's therapy sessions to help him get to walking again, my MIL would gather her 3 babies and take a bus to get there because she didn't have a car.
Fear was instilled in mothers.
Then the polio vaccine became available in 1955 by Eli Lilly & Co.
According to the World Health Organization, polio does still exist, although polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988.
Outside of the Ending Polio exhibit were some interesting things. I enjoyed seeing these timepieces hanging in the lobby.
and in the gift shop I saw this dog t-shirt
and a display of Christmas Story items. They are always fun to look at.