Welcome to the website of the Riverside/Normal City Neighborhood!

In Fall 2016, students in Dr. Jen Erickson’s Ethnographic Methods course at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, created this site to share their research about the Riverside/Normal City neighborhood, located to the east of the University. The story of this neighborhood is also a story about Ball State and the city of Muncie, known widely as Middletown, U.S.A., after Robert and Helen Lynd’s iconic study of this small city (1929, 1937). We invite you  to read about the history and contemporary status of this iconic Middletown Neighborhood.

Check out this video of our project.

The Schroeder Gallery

Linda Gregory Gallery

Linda used to live a home across the street from Hazelwood Church. There she would host annual Ball State Homecoming events.

What Linda had to say about her events:

“We used them as campaign fund-raisers (having a fabulous breakfast buffet) for my campaigns in 2007 and 2011, for Team Democrat PAC candidates in 2008 and 2012 and for Teamwork for Quality Living in non-political years.”

She mentions campaign fundraisers because Linda has been an elected official for City Council.

-Barbara Dickensheets

Gayle Harrold Gallery