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Bloomington Centennial ‘Young Pioneers’ Parade, September 19, 1950

Bloomington Centennial, 1950.

The City of Bloomington celebrated its centennial over a seven-day extravaganza, September 17-23, 1950 (though the kickoff dance held September 15 somehow didn’t count, if one goes by the banner pictured here). Anyway, festivities included a “Young Pioneers” parade through downtown Bloomington on September 19.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

‘Swing Time’ at Victory Hall October 1935

Swing set, 1935.

Opened in 1919 and located at 904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall was a safe place for boys from troubled families. At the time of this photograph (unfortunately, no one is identified) Victory Hall was home to 43 “wards”.

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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

Springtime in “BloNo’ Iris Walk, 1939

Although you wouldn’t know it from this past weekend’s weather, the end of May and the beginning of June mark the traditional start of the garden walk season in Bloomington-Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 112: Lincoln Marker Dedication, June 1922

Lincoln Marker Dedication, June 1922

In 1922 and 1923, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected 19 markers in Central Illinois commemorating the route Abraham Lincoln traveled on the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 111: Libraries Before the Internet Era

patron searches the Withers Public Library non-fiction card catalog in March 1940.

An unidentified patron searches the Withers Public Library non-fiction card catalog in March 1940.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 92: Thanksgiving in the Great Depression, 1938

Photo of the Week, 92: Thanksgiving in the Great Depression, 1938

On the day before Thanksgiving in 1938, the Young Men's Commercial Club of Bloomington prepared gift baskets for local needy families.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 78: War Clouds Looming

Seen here are Bloomington area Girl Scouts training as blackout and air raid messengers. From left to right: Charlotte Ratcliffe, Isabel Gottschalk, Kay Johnston, and Gloria Sampson.

On November 16, 1941, with the likelihood of American entry into World War II increasing with each passing day, The Pantagraph ran a photo essay on the type of work women should expect come wartime on the home front.

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Photo of the Week, 75: Amen and Let's Eat!

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School.  Betsy Ross Cottage, 1955

Established in 1864/1865, the Illinois' Soldiers' Orphans' Home (later renamed ISSCS) was a state-run orphanage in north Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 71: Grim Reapers Pay Respects to Fallen Comrade

About 50 members of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club led a funeral procession for L. Wayne Martin.

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