In July, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum holds its annual monthlong series of workshops and public events in Solsberry, capped by the Fire@Nite Iron Pour on July 27. (in yellow hardhat) Sculpture Trails founder Gerry Masse working the iron furnace at a previous event. | Courtesy photo

This July in Greene County, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum marks 10 years of “giving back” their passion for metalwork. The museum conducts monthlong workshops for students and working artists, with many events open to the public, capped by the Fire@Nite Iron Pour, which “lights up the night sky,” says writer Laurie D. Borman. Click here to read what’s happening at Sculpture Trails.

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    Welcome to Limestone Post, an independent magazine committed to publishing informative and inclusive stories about Bloomington, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. We are in the process of converting into a nonprofit media company, and during the transition we will continue to post in-depth stories about our community. Send us an email if you’d like to learn more.

    July 16, 2019

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The Bloomington Fire Department sent five firefighters to Sierra Leone in February to share expertise and training methods with the Sierra Leone Fire Force. The trip was coordinated by BFD Chief Jason Moore and Sierra Leonean Eastina Taylor, who participated last summer in the IU Mandela Washington Fellowship. | Courtesy photo

In February, the Bloomington Fire Department sent five firefighters to Sierra Leone to train with the Sierra Leone Fire Force. The trip was coordinated by BFD Chief Jason Moore and Sierra Leonean Eastina Taylor, who participated last summer in the IU Mandela Washington Fellowship. Taylor wrote about the experience for LP. Click here for the full story.

Members of the music group Adilei performed in the gymnasium of Childs Elementary in April as part of the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation’s Lotus Blossoms educational outreach program. Childs fifth-grader Stella H., 11, called the performance "an eye opener.” | Courtesy photo

In April, Adilei, a yodeling-based a cappella group from the Republic of Georgia, performed at Childs Elementary School as part of the Lotus Blossoms educational outreach program presented by the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation. Childs fifth-grader Stella, 11, reviewed the performance for Limestone Post, calling it “an eye opener.” Click here for Stella’s review and a brief video of Adilei.

Antoinette Leach was living in Sullivan County in 1893 when she became the first female lawyer in Indiana. While her law practice specializing in “Commercial Law and Collections” prospered, she was also active in politics, including local and national suffrage associations. This photo is of a suffrage parade in downtown Sullivan that Leach likely organized. | Photo courtesy of the Sullivan County Historical Society

Since Antoinette Leach began her career as Indiana’s first female lawyer 126 years ago, “the power and presence of women lawyers have increased exponentially, mostly in the past 30 years,” writes Diane Walker, who adds that “both women lawyers and women voters — and, one could argue, all Americans — owe a debt to Antoinette Leach.” Click here to see why.

Lee Ranaldo (left) of Sonic Youth plays at Landlocked Music in 2012. Ranaldo also recited a poem about Bloomington that he had written in 1990. Landlocked has hosted about 50 in-store performances since it opened in 2006. | Photo by Jeremy Hogan

13 Years of ‘Intimate’ Performances at Landlocked Music

Since it opened in 2006, Landlocked Music has been showcasing performers as varied as Kurt Vile, a gong player, and members of Sonic Youth. On May 1, they host psychedelic-folk songwriter Kath Bloom. Landlocked co-owner Heath Byers talked to writer Josephine McRobbie about 13 years of in-store performances. Photography by Jeremy Hogan. Click here to read the full story.

As a nonprofit, Limestone Post intends to develop programs that will help citizens engage more effectively in the community, with programs such as workshops, seminars, a speaker series, and more. | Limestone Post

Limestone Post Joins the Nonprofit Journalism Movement

Limestone Post is joining a national movement of media outlets by becoming a nonprofit organization. While continuing to publish in-depth articles covering the interests and concerns of people in our community, as a nonprofit Limestone Post also intends to develop programs that will help citizens engage more effectively in this community. Click here to read the post from Publisher Ron Eid.

While strides have been made toward income equity between men and women, Indiana ranks 49th in the country in gender wage gap. Amanda Stephens (pictured), a lawyer and Ph.D. candidate in gender studies, says, “We need to look at what is going on in our society that allows this pay gap to persist.” | Photo by Nicole McPheeters

High Cost of Living Among Factors in Local Gender Pay Gap

Indiana has the 49th largest gender wage gap in the nation. And the cost of living in Monroe County compounds the problem. While strides have been made, at the current rate it will take decades to achieve equal pay. Writer Hayley Miller looks at the data and gets the perspectives of three local experts. Click here to read the story.

A nonprofit called CDFI Friendly Bloomington offers financial support for underserved communities, including projects in the "creative sector." One possibility is to help fund public art in the Trades District, as shown in this rendering prepared for the City of Bloomington by Anderson + Bohlander, LLC. | Courtesy image

Guest Column: CDFI Friendly Bloomington Funds Overlooked Projects

Banking rules and regulations often prevent underserved communities from getting financing for needed programs. Without investments, projects to assist in affordable housing, develop small businesses, create community facilities, and support the arts go unrealized. Writer Rachel Glago explains how an innovative financial model, a nonprofit called CDFI Friendly Bloomington, expands opportunities for low-wealth communities. Click here to read more.

In an ever-growing and -changing city, much of its heritage gets lost, along with the stories that go with it. While barns might have been common throughout what is now the Bloomington city limits, only a few such structures remain, such as this restored barn on what was once the property of the prominent Borland family on Bloomington’s southwest side. | Photo by Paul Bean

The Borland Barn: Preserved Relic of a Bygone Time

In an ever-growing and -changing city, much of its heritage gets lost, along with the stories that go with it. While barns might have been common throughout what is now the Bloomington city limits, only a few such structures remain. Writer Paul Bean found one such barn and the onetime prominent Bloomington family who built it. Click here to read more.

In the early 1800s, free Black pioneers settled in Orange County in what is now part of the Hoosier National Forest. The community thrived, despite a racist state constitution, hateful whites, and fugitive-slave catchers. As racial tensions increased, many of the families sold their land and left. Writer Diane Walker tracked down sources and documents to reveal what happened during this remarkable time in Indiana history. Pictured here, the East Fork of the White River near the Hoosier National Forest in Martin County. | Limestone Post

Lick Creek Settlement Holds Piece of Black History in Indiana

In the early 1800s, free Black pioneers settled in Orange County. The community thrived, despite a racist state constitution, hateful whites, and fugitive-slave catchers. As racial tensions increased, many of the families sold their land and left. Writer Diane Walker tracked down sources and documents to reveal what happened during this remarkable time in Indiana history. Click here to read the full story.

Front porches in Bloomington began to flourish in the early 1900s, when bungalows became the most common type of house being built. As writer Harriet Castrataro observes, front porches create a liminal space between two worlds — where the private and public come together. Bloomington’s front porches, both old and new, serve a multitude of purposes. Castrataro uses her front porch, pictured here with her cat Beppo, any time of year. | Photo by Harriet Castrataro

Bloomington’s Front Porches, a (Living) Space Between Two Worlds

Front porches in Bloomington began to flourish in the early 1900s, when bungalows became the most common type of house being built. As writer Harriet Castrataro observes, front porches create a liminal space between two worlds — where the private and public come together. Bloomington’s front porches, both old and new, serve a multitude of purposes. Click here to read the full story.

Protesters affiliated with the Indiana Forest Alliance work to protect 300 acres of the Yellowwood State Forest Back Country Area in Brown County in 2017. Since 2012, the Indiana Division of Forestry has increased logging of state forests by 400 percent, says IFA's Anne Laker. | Photo courtesy of the Indiana Forest Alliance

Guest Column: Protecting Indiana Forests, the Bad News and the Good

Since 2012, the Indiana Division of Forestry has increased logging of state forests by 400 percent, says Anne Laker of the Indiana Forest Alliance. In this guest column, Laker talks about the dangers facing our publicly owned forests and an Indiana Senate bill that could protect them. She also previews the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Bloomington. Click here to read the full story

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