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Excelsior School -- Cheney’s Grove Township, 1938

Three boys in school constructing a model home, 1938

Excelsior School was one of more than 250 one-room schools in McLean County. Joe and Jack Powell working on the kitchen floor while Gayle Bane looks on.

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Emerson School, Bloomington March 1976

Group of children hold hands in a circle at Emerson School, 1976

Built in the early 1900s, Emerson School was demolished in 1985. The old school site was converted to green space and is known today as Emerson Park.

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Withers Public Library Bookmobile, undated

Bloomington bookmobile, undated

The Bloomington Public Library bookmobile program “bookwagon” parked in front of Bent Elementary School.

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Bird House Contest, 1930s Anchor Grade School

Elementary school children with homemade birdfeeders, 1930s.

This photograph comes from the Museum’s William Brigham Collection.

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Lone Star School Dawson Township, undated

Lone Star school children and teacher, undated.

Located north of Ellsworth, Lone Star was one of eight one-room schools in Dawson Township, which is east of Bloomington. The interesting name speaks to the fact the schoolhouse, painted white, was easily spotted from afar on the “lonely prairie.”

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Mystery Photos The Museum needs your help! Mystery Solved!

Classroom photos, 1946.

Thanks to Mary Jennings Arbogast and her husband Dan, as well as Darlene Coleman, for assisting the museum in determining that these photographs show the Thomas Metcalf School fifth grade class, circa 1946. They also helped us identify many of the students and the teacher, Christine Thoene. Mary Jennings (Arbogast) is shown in the second photograph, front of the table, left side.

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Patrol Boys Confab, January 1946 Franklin School, Bloomington

Franklin School patrol boys, 1946.

Some 140 patrol boys from nine Bloomington public schools gathered at Franklin School on January 8, 1946, for a joint meeting on traffic safety. Seen here is the gathering’s principal speaker, Capt. Emerson H. Westwick (left) of the Illinois State Highway Patrol, bantering with some of the local lads.

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All I Want for Christmas … Lincoln School First Graders, 1965

Lincoln School first graders, 1965.

Back in early December 1965, these six-year-old first graders from Lincoln School in Bloomington could sympathize with the wishes expressed in the grating holiday novelty song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

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T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G 1980 Towanda Grade School

Thanksgiving grade school play, 1980.

Towanda Grade School kindergartners perform Thanksgiving themed poems and songs for their parents the week of Thanksgiving 1980.

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Happy Halloween! Jefferson School, Bloomington, 1957

Halloween costumes, 1957.

James and Evora Ross, pictured here with their four-year-old daughter Janet, chaired the all-family Jefferson School PTA Halloween party back on October 28, 1957.

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