Ken-Way Studio -- Consistory

The Bloomington Consistory photographs, contained within the Ken-Way Studio Photograph Collection, highlight the annual production of the American Passion Play in Bloomington, Illinois. The production is one of the longest running Passion Plays in the United States. First held in 1923 in the newly constructed Scottish Rite temple, the consistory has since been renovated and repurposed as Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts where the production is still held. The Bloomington Consistory photographs show the many generations of local community members involved with the production as well as the changes made to the show through the years to reflect cultural changes in modern society.