Bloomington Then & Now

Bloomington Indiana Lovers

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BloomingtonTHEN & NOW began as Bloomington Fading, a husband-and-wife effort on facebook to document the many changes in the Bloomington landscape. The projects following grew to thousands who shared their passion for our unique and vibrant city, adding their own contributions.

Using side-by-side and super-imposed photographs, readers gain perspective of how Bloomington has evolved over the last 100 years. Historic information, newspaper clipping, and accounts and stories from long-time residents add context and depth to over 160 photographs.

The result of the authors’ tireless effort and the broad community support await you in the pages of BloomingtonTHEN & NOW.

Bloomington locations selling copies:

Downtown: The Book Corner, Bloomington Antique Mall, Boxcar Books, Monroe County History Center

North: Visitor’s Center on N. Walnut, Farmer House Museum (529 N. College), Butler Winery (College Ave.)

East: TIS Bookstore on E. Third St.

South: Twin H Tree Farm and Nursery on Chumley Rd. off S. Old 37

Bedford: Lawrence County Historical Society, 929 15th St.

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Payment by check or money order should be made out and sent to: Pen & Publish, 4735 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN 47401.


Derek Richey and Jennifer Sommer-Richey's presentations are a trip down memory lane, covering over 100 years of changes in the Bloomington, the history and why it happened. Learn how and why Bloomington Fading started and how the "fading" process works and came to be. Presentations range from 30 to 90 minutes. Email derekandjenrichey@yahoo dot com to schedule.

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"Bloomington is a community working hard for a better future while simultaneously valuing the past. It's crucial for us to remember what's been lost in order to actively protect what we've got. Bloomington Then and Now reminds us that our community character cannot be taken for granted." ~ Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

"The book is extraordinary. I enjoy it and its importance will grow in the years to come as part of capturing our history." ~ Diane Ballard, Monroe County History Center Managing Director


Gold Sponsors
City of Bloomington
Ivy Tech Community College—Bloomington
Deb Tomaro, RE/MAX Realtor
Solution Tree
Knights of Columbus—Bloomington
Silver Sponsors
Farmer House Museum
Michael’s Uptown Cafe
Small Box Design
Nick’s English Hut
Baker Family Dentistry
Bronze Sponsors
Cafe Pizzeria
Crazy Horse
Thomas Watkins DDS
Macri’s at the Depot
The Bishop
Robert E. Gougeon
Bell Trace
Swing-In Pizza
Rocky Rice     Susan Armeny


Authors presenting book to Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.