Office of Student Affairs Olivia Gronenthal, a graduate student in the Jacobs School of Music and a project coordinator with the Division of Student Affairs Marketing Department, demonstrates how the Hidden Hoosiers exhibit works. The exhibit is located near the Tree Suites on the main floor of the Indiana Memorial Union. (Chris Howell / Indiana University)
Office of Student Affairs Olivia Gronenthal, a graduate student in the Jacobs School of Music and a project coordinator with the Division of Student Affairs Marketing Department, demonstrates how the Hidden Hoosiers exhibit works. The exhibit is located near the Tree Suites on the main floor of the Indiana Memorial Union. (Chris Howell / Indiana University)
Five relics from the past have been repurposed to tell the stories of everyday Hoosiers.

Each of the old phone booths at the Indiana Memorial Union contains the story of someone who may not be well known, but had an impact on Indiana University.

“Hundreds of thousands of people made IU what it is today,” said Alexandria Ruschman, an intern with the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Ruschman, a junior, helped research the people highlighted through the “Hidden Hoosiers” exhibit. She took over the project from Kayla McCarthy, a former intern in the Office of the Bicentennial who has since graduated.

McCarthy’s idea was to create an interactive exhibit that shows off relatively unknown figures from the university’s history. When Ruschman took over, she realized completing the project would take a group effort.

“A lot of people were instrumental,” she said.
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