Exhibition of the Historical Museum of the County of Vigo available in person and virtually | Local News


For the first time, the Historical Museum of the County of Vigo presents one of its rotating exhibitions in person and virtually.

The 360-degree presentation of “Vice & Virtue” is made possible by Indiana State University graduate Angela LoCoco, who created the exhibit as part of a final project for her anthropology degree.

“COVID was one of the driving factors for wanting to do virtual exhibits,” LoCoco said in a press release. “During the pandemic, museums have suffered when people couldn’t visit, so having the option of virtual exhibits gives them the opportunity to check it out, and then when they can come to the museum, they will come.”

“Vice & Virtue” opened in January 2022 in the museum’s “Special Exhibit Gallery”. The gallery houses rotating exhibitions, traditionally renewed four times a year.

The exhibition presents the story behind Terre Haute’s label as “Sin City” and walks visitors through the shadows of the designated Red Light District on the west side of the city. The exhibit covers the history of crime, corruption and reform in the Wabash Valley.

LoCoco, who served as an intern and volunteer for the museum during his time at ISU, spent nearly a month working on transferring the physical exhibit into a virtual offering. The exhibition, available until the end of June, can also be found on the museum’s website, www.vchsmuseum.org/our-collection.

“We were so happy that Angela offered to do this project for us at the museum,” said Suzy Quick, curator of the museum. “It helps us to be able to put an exhibition that was only meant to be temporary in a more permanent setting. People can go online to see the artifacts, information and what has been presented here. »

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