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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Soap Box Derby Dreams

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937.

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937. Millard would go on to win the Central Illinois title and compete at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Take Me Out to the Ball Game...!

Maybe I have spring fever. Or, maybe it's my excitement for the upcoming play, “Old Hoss" which will be performed March 7th - 9th here in our Governor Fifer Courtroom. Whatever the reason, I'm ready for some baseball; and, what better time to share one of the Museum's most beloved treasures!

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 49: Church League Hoops, ca. 1916

Photo of the Week, 49: Church League Hoops, ca. 1916

This photograph, circa 1916, shows the church league basketball team from Grace Methodist Episcopal (now Grace United Methodist) Church in Bloomington.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform donated to Museum

Uniform worn by a member of the Normal Sanitary Dairy's baseball team in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The Museum recently received a Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform worn during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Located at 301 Broadway in Normal, the Normal Sanitary Dairy sold milk and other dairy products to McLean County residents from 1930 to 1959.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 41: We’re Number One!

On June 6, 1969, Illinois State University's baseball team captured the NCAA College Division (now Division II) national championship by defeating Southwest Missouri (now Missouri State University) by a score of 12-0.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 32: Are you ready for some football?

Pictured here is the 1915 University High School football team. The “U Men" (the school nickname “Pioneers" was still a long way off) went 4-3-2 that season, with wins coming against Paxton, Urbana and Normal (twice); loses to Joliet, Decatur and Peoria Manual; and ties with Champaign and Springfield.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 26: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Olympic Speedster Jesse Owens Visits Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 15: Play Ball!

Seen here is the Junior American League baseball team sponsored by J. Stern Furniture Co,. sometime in the late 1940s.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 12: Fore!

Incorporated in 1919, Maplewood Country Club stretched southeast of Linden St. and Jersey Ave. in Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 1: Bowling Association Tournament

Illinois Women's Bowling Association (IWBA) state tournament

This is the inaugural “Photo of the Week" from the Archive collections of the Museum.

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