Kings Daughters facilities
feature historic photos of area
(March 2002) MADISON, Ind. - The new Kings Daughters
Hospital buildings in Madison and Vevay provide not only new facilities
for health services but a new collection of historic photographs.
In fall 2000, as the hospital in Madison was completing the addition,
its administration was seeking ways to decorate the newly finished interior.
Since we are already a community-oriented hospital, we wanted
something that would pay tribute to the community, said Denine
Hallgarth, director of the Medical Office Building.
by Ben Fronczek.
photo features the Vevay Band with the late Paul Ogle on saxophone.
As a result, the committee for the new hospital building
approached one of Madisons most resourceful entities when it comes
to community memorabilia, the Jefferson County Historical Society.
Ron Grimes, a retired Chicago policeman and current volunteer for the
societys historical archives library, assisted them in locating
pictures from the past.
They have historical pictures of the hospital in their main corridor.
I assumed when they approached us, they wanted the same thing (in the
new building), said Grimes. They wanted scenes of Madison
people would enjoy. Maybe it was to take peoples minds off waiting
to see the doctor.
As 2000 came to a close, Hallgarth and Grimes worked to organize a series
of photographs that would best represent Madisons past. Grimes
took old photographs from the societys archives, scanned them
by computer to enhance their quality then the society sent the refinished
photos off to be enlarged.
Such a process is nothing new to Grimes. He said the reproduction of
old photographs is a rapidly developing practice at the society.
Were getting the ability to reproduce things to the point
where we can soon do enlargements, he said. For an increasing
number of our photos, we dont have the original, but we have a
The digital photos have been sent to him via electronic mail. That
way, people who share family photographs with us do not have to let
The 42 photos Grimes gathered for the new hospital building include
images of current Madison landmarks dating back as far as the mid-1800s.
Onlookers can see the original states of the old Broadway Fountain,
Main Street and the Madison riverfront. Images that may be unfamiliar
to current citizens include the old railroad, the shipyard and Harpers
Drug Store, where the current River Valley Financial Bank now sits.
Ive worked on these so much that I go around town and in
my minds eye I can see what was once here, said Grimes.
Ron has been such a tremendous help in putting this display together,
said Hallgarth. She added that this kind of display has been continued
in the new Vevay, Ind., building on Hwy. 56 just west of town.
This building, which officially opened in December with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony, includes historic photographs of Vevay and Switzerland County.
It was organized with the help of the Switzerland County Historical
Museum. Photographs include the Vevay Band with philanthropist Paul
Ogle on the saxophone, the Vevay Furniture Factory and the making of
the movie A girl Named Sooner, filmed in Vevay.
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