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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Halloween Traditions

These place cards were among many Halloween party favors found in 2009 residing in a wicker trunk in the attic of the Lewis Green Stevenson House at 1316 E. Washington Street in Bloomington.

Although there are several theories regarding the origin of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, its roots can be traced back to the ancient Celts of Ireland and Northern England. The Celtic New Year begins on November 1st and the festival of Samhain (pronounced “sow-win”) is celebrated on October 31st to mark the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.

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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...

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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!

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Written by Bill Kemp in Collection Highlights

Salute from a Korean War Vet- Memorial Day 1982

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982.

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Collection Highlights

Remember the Fallen

monument featuring the names of some 700 Civil War dead from McLean County

Memorial Day is next Monday, May 25. On that day please take time to remember those men and women in uniform who sacrificed their all.

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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.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 90: Jack-o'-lantern Harvest in the Eisenhower Era

Happy Halloween from the board, staff, volunteers and members of the McLean County Museum of History!

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