IU Bloomington Story Maps

Mapping out Indiana University's history

Disclaimer: The Story Maps on this page are visual depictions of pieces of Indiana University's history. If you would like the information in an alternative format, contact Brittany Terwilliger at bterwill@iu.edu or 812-855-8713.

Theophilus A. Wylie III’s Memory Map

Bloomington in the 1800s was vast and unknown, and occupied mainly by frontier settlers. The landscape was dominated by farmland and only a few log cabins, until the first college building was erected at Seminary Square. Andrew Wylie was one of the first individuals to build a house, and this Story Map compares that property to the Wylie House and grounds as they look today.

The Legacy of Andrew Wylie

Andrew Wylie was the first president of Indiana College (which became Indiana University in 1838), serving from 1829-1851. He built a house near the college that reflected his Pennsylvania origins, to help his wife Margaret assimilate to her new life on the Indiana “frontier.” This StoryMap showcases life in the 19th century, the Wylie House, and artifacts owned by Andrew Wylie. These artifacts were discovered in 2009 during construction for the Morton Bradley Education Center on 2nd street.