Sunday, October 21, 2012

Museum Exhibit

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.

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.


  1. Hi Patty...........haven't visited you in a while. The museum was interesting. I can remember standing in line here at our Electric Co. to receive our sugar cubes which contained the newest polio vacination of the day. Boy, those were scary times.
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. I am a child of the 50's and I remember so many people had polo.
    My grandmother used to take me to see one of my friends that was in a iron lung.
    That was a scary time in my life.

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  4. Peggy, I remember having a colleague with polio. We use to shake our head because the vaccine wasn't available until 1 year after she had gotten it. She was in a wheel chair but she had the most beautiful personality. I always enjoy visiting museums when I can, there's so much to learn about our history.

  5. Hi Patty,

    I very much enjoyed reading your post. My grandmother had polio in her left arm and wasn't able to use it. She had contracted it as a baby. Beautiful photo of the canal. I hope your week if off to a great start!

  6. Hi Patty! I really appreciate this post. The place is like paradise. The scenery was relaxing and refreshing. Thank you for sharing your story about your husband. I can relate to your story because I have a brother who became special because technology somehow came late for us. I appreciate stories of families who have survived and carry on life despite of everything. I hope you are having a great week! Hope to see you again on Sunday :)


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