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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Pony Giveaway Courthouse Square, August 1947

Pony giveaway gathering, 1947.

In 1947, Bloomington merchants staged a promotional drawing on the west steps of the McLean County Courthouse Square (now the Museum Square). Nine-year-old Donald Lake, whose family lived north of Lexington, won the top prize, a bay pony named “Flag.”

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Lucy Orme Morgan Home Washington St. Party, Aug. 1949

Pony cart ride, 1947.

In 1947, a group of young girls from the Lucy Orme Morgan Home in Bloomington, which took in neglected girls from families unwilling or unable to care for them, were guests at the home of Violet Whitmer. Activities included rides on a pony cart.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 130: Dogs of War, 1946 Bella and Her Two Surprises

U.S. Army veteran Dwight Pierceall of Normal, Dog Bella, and two puppies

U.S. Army veteran Dwight Pierceall of Normal received quite a shock on June 6, 1946, when he opened a crate sent from Europe. Inside was Bella, a canine refugee from war-torn Europe. That wasn’t the surprise though...

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the week, 121: Miller Park Fishing Season Underway -- June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side

Did you know today, June 18, is National Go Fishing Day?

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Written by Bill Kemp in Collection Highlights

Slitherin’ no more Mystery Pic, 1958

This fascinating photograph is a mystery to Museum staff. The only thing we’re sure about is that it was taken on June 30, 1958.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 120: Carl Loeseke’s Homing Pigeons, 1938

Seen here is Bloomington restaurateur Carl J. Loeseke tending to many of his homing pigeons at his 1103 W. Moulton St. (now MacArthur Ave.) residence

Seen here is Bloomington restaurateur Carl J. Loeseke tending to many of his homing pigeons at his 1103 W. Moulton St. (now MacArthur Ave.) residence on Bloomington’s west side. This photograph dates to mid-June 1938.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Volunteers: Helping the Museum make history every day

Cane given to Isaiah Dillon.  The dates on the inscription, 1855 – 1905, correspond with Isaiah and Mary Fisher Dillon’s wedding anniversary.

The value of each object the Museum owns isn't measured in monetary terms but rather its provenance. Knowing who owned the object, when and where it was used, and for what purpose, helps us to preserve the history of McLean County.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 108: Beekeeping During Wartime Sugar Shortage

Beekeeping During Wartime Sugar Shortage

In 1942, Edward Adams discussed the benefits of raising honeybees during the sugar shortage and civilian rationing spurred by World War II.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 97: Betsy Lee's Morning "Airing," January 1947

Betsy Lee's Morning

Four times a day, Margaret Brechbeller and her fox terrier Betsy Lee would go out for an "airing" around the block surrounding her Washington Street residence.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 85: Tarzan Gets Heartfelt Farewell, April 1941

On April 5, 1941,

On April 5, 1941, "Tarzan," a beloved crow well known to children in the Illinois Wesleyan University neighborhood, was laid to rest in the backyard of the Elwood O. Allison home.

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