200 North Main Street | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428

#Holiday

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Bo Peep Has Found Her Sheep Halloween Parade, Bloomington 1938

Halloween parade, 1938.

A Depression-era tradition in Bloomington was the annual Halloween Mardi Gras parade and street dance. Seen here from the parade of October 31, 1938, is Little Bo Peep played by Joe Raycraft.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Spooktacular 1957 Jefferson School, Bloomington

Jefferson School Halloween, 1957.

The Jefferson School PTA held an all-family Halloween party on October 28, 1957. Seen here are prize winners for the prettiest, most original, and ugliest costumes. The ballerina (prettiest) is Susan Anderson, the robot (most original) Allan Swartz, and the farmer (ugliest) Carolyn Hirsch.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Labor Day Parade Bloomington, 1985

Labor Day parade, 1985.

“Buy American—Save the USA” was the theme for the September 2, 1985, Labor Day parade.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Labor Day in Bloomington Circa 1920

Labor Day, 1920.

Bloomington’s first Labor Day parade was held on September 7, 1891, three years before the day became a national holiday. This parade float, dating to sometime around 1920, is the handiwork of the International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers Local 79. This local represented blacksmiths at the Chicago & Alton Railroad Shops on the city’s west side.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in

And the rockets' red glare … Independence Day, Miller Park, 1957

Fourth of July fireworks at Bloomington’s Miller Park

Fourth of July fireworks at Bloomington’s Miller Park have been a local holiday tradition for several generations...

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Flag Day, 1948

Local Girl Scouts hoist Old Glory at Forrest Park in south Bloomington in preparation for Flag Day 1948. Running the Stars and Stripes is Mary Jane Anderson, assisted by Joanie Magirl. In the background (left to right) are Karen Figg, Carole Colteaux, and Peggy Bennington. Happy Flag Day from the Museum!

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Mothers of Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day 1958

Memorial Day, 1958.

Founded after World War I, American Gold Star Mothers consists of mothers who have lost a son or daughter to military service. Seen here are local Gold Star members from the Evergreen chapter in Bloomington.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Salute from a Korean War Vet Memorial Day 1982

Korean War veteran, 1982.

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982. Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Rudolph the Red-Nosed … Llama? McLean County Christmas, 1958

Santa and a llama, 1958.

In the week before Christmas 1958, Santa Claus paid a visit to Bloomington’s Forest Park to inspect the local reindeer stock. But Old St. Nick found his attention monopolized by a nosy llama.

Read more…

Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 96: The Most Popular Guy in the Room

Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater.

More than 600 grade school children attended the Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater in 1944.

Read more…