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Archives March Madness

March 22, 2018

Is your bracket still intact? No, not the one you’re thinking of – it’s Archives March Madness here at IHS. We had staff members choose their favorite image in our collections. And this is no small task – we have more than 2 million in our collections and thousands of those are digitized for everyone to see.

Now we’re asking our social media followers on Facebook and Instagram to choose whose photo is the popular favorite. Each weekday, we posted two games from our Sweet 16.

The winners are in for the first round. Below are the images advancing to the Elite Eight. Keep on voting – we’ll be posting two match ups tomorrow and on Monday! Who will be in the Final Four?

We have a Final Four! Check out these two matchups on Facebook and Instagram!

We have our finalists on Facebook and Instagram!

We have a winner!

Amy Vedra, director of reference, won with her photo of a bridge collapse from Aug. 19, 1920 in Putnam County. People on Instagram and Facebook were concerned for the man peering out of the precarious train. He must have been fine, because a quick search of revealed only that the collapse happened. The papers used the image that we now have. And we think that is so cool!

Newspaper clipping of bridge collapse in Putnam County in 1920.

From The Hagerstown Exponent, Sept. 23, 1920: Monster Locomotive in Perilous Plight … The collapse of a bridge near Greencastle, Ind. from under a battleship type of locomotive developed an unusual problem for the wrecking crew. The bridge had just been built and had been approved by engineers but the locomotive had hardly brought its full weight on it before it sank with a roar and a crash, the center falling 25 feet to the ground leaving the locomotive suspended with the front wheels on the bastions of one side of the bridge and the rear wheels on the other.

Thanks for joining us for Archives March Madness. We love sharing our collections with you every day. Congratulations to Amy Vedra!

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Chelsea Sutton is communications coordinator at the Indiana Historical Society. She started drinking coffee at age 3 with her dad and always stays up too late reading.

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