BLOOMINGTON STORIES . . .
The Bloomington Stories project will include a TechHeroes Training Academy, an online training resource for TechHeroes. Fortifying youth to become technology assets to support the growing needs. , partnering with the Heroic Imagination Project enriches the TechHeroes experience with the understanding of the challenge.
Technology has become a vital part of our everyday life but not for seniors and they often feel left behind. In an effort to bridge the digital divide for seniors, the TechHeroes program fosters increase mental health, and aptitude through supported and effective use of technology. Project need return the tech heroes Bloomington stories projects identifies and solves the following needs it helps by providing educational services for basic technology literacy such as having a Web email address how to answer your email and how to use email properly and Internet safety and Internet literacy free course.
Working with StoryCorps and providing a overarching goal that supports awareness of the unique city of Bloomington and captures the stories of our residents as well as allows them the opportunity to grow and participate in digital life. All participants 50+ will be able to access highway61 chat as an effective tool to mitigate isolation in our community.
The Farmer House Museum with outreach throughout the county via Monroe County Public Library, Senior Centers, Care Facilities and Public Spaces. Bloomington Stories project, content, assets and outcomes will be available on the web in an effort to utilizing technology to share the process and progress of the project.
The Bloomington Stories Project will continue as an annual event, hosted by the home of Bloomington Stories archive; The Farmer House Museum. The program will be self sustaining with the goal of seeking additional grants as the community awareness of the project grow, seeking to secure the valuable place in preserving the stories of our community. The parable "When an Elder dies, a library burns." expresses the desire of the Bloomington Stories Project to preserve the stories of our elders. TechHeroes will continue to Bridge the Digital Divide, growing and partnering with others to create solutions. One of the digital equity gaps in which 48% of families felt they were in adequately able to protect their children from online bullying one of the main principles of the Heroic Imagination Project is to mitigate online bullying and other issues of inequality and injustice.
TechHeroes began 10 years ago as a pilot program of the Heroic Imagination Project. TechHeroes continues to fortify youth to become technology assets to support the growing technology needs in our community while also instilling the ethics and values of having a Heroic Imagination. The Bloomington Stories and the connections created, can serve as a model for other communities to embrace technology as a basic need, fortifying the community with technology access and skills as well as giving lasting voice to the stories in our community.
Emily’s enthusiasm for community history began when she was growing up south-central Indiana.
She graduated with a BA from Indiana University in 1998. Emily Purcell is the Director of the Farmer House Museum. The Farmer House Museum is a small house museum dedicated to family and community history.
Emily has been with the Farmer House Museum for ten years and also works at the Monroe County Public library.
Jack Kilby is a designer and audiophile with over 15 years of experience. Since 2016 he has worked as an archivist, where he digitizes film, records, photos, and cassette tapes for library catalogs and private collections. Jack received his BS in Industrial Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Since 2005 he has designed, developed, and built products for music, technology, and industrial clients.
Specializing in audio, Jack has dedicated much of his professional life to music. He has experience in event production as well as audio recording and editing. Boutique recording equipment and analog media have a special place in his heart - especially vinyl records.
Jack is passionate about music and technology and looks forward to using his technological expertise to create greater access to technology in his community.