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April 2017

April 8th, 2017 / 1:00 PM

The Museum of Americana Poetry Reading

The Museum of Americana Poetry Reading

Saturday, April 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Held in the historic gov. Fifer Courtroom, three poets connected with the online magazine The Museum of Americana will read poems that explore aspects of American history and Americana in the courtroom of the McLean County Museum of History.

Originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, Justin Hamm now lives near Twain territory in Missouri. He is the founding editor of the museum of americana and the author of American Ephemeral (forthcoming, 2017) and Lessons in Ruin, both from Aldrich Press, as well as two poetry chapbooks. His poems or stories have appeared, or will soon appear, in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Cream City Review, Sugar House Review, and a host of other publications. Recent work has also been selected for New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press, 2014) and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center.

Tim Hunt’s publications include Fault Lines (2009, The Backwaters Press); The Tao of Twang (2014, CW Books); Poem’s Poems & Other Poems (2016, CW Books); and the chapbooks Redneck Yoga, White Levis, and Thirteen Ways of Talking to a Blackbird. His work has appeared in such journals as CutBank, Epoch, Quarterly West, and Rhino. He has been awarded the Chester H. Jones National Prize for Poetry and thrice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His scholarly publications include The Textuality of Soulwork: Jack Kerouac’s Search for Spontaneous Prose, Kerouac’s Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction; and the five-volume edition The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Originally from the quicksilver mining region of Northern California, he is University Professor of English at Illinois State University. He and his wife Susan live in Normal.

Kathleen Kirk is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life, an online magazine, and a former co-editor of RHINO Magazine. She helps to host an open mic series, Poetry is Normal, at the Normal Public Library every other month on the third Thursday at 7:30 in the library’s Café. Kirk is the author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently ABCs of Women’s Work (Red Bird, 2015). Her work appears in many print and online journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Crab Creek Review, The Fourth River, and Poetry East, as well as The Museum of Americana. Her poem “Parallel Lives” will appear in New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press, 2016). She taught English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and Lincoln College.

http://www.escapeintolife.com/poetry/justin-hamm-p…


April 11th, 2017 / 11:35 PM

Registration Open for Futures in History Camp

Calling all future historians! Registration for the 2017 season of Futures in History Camp (formerly known as History Careers Day Camp) at the McLean County Museum of History is quickly approaching. Registration for two separate sessions of camp—one in June and one in July—will open Tuesday, April 11. Registration for the two sessions is open to the first 20 students to apply for each week of camp. Preference will be given to those students who have never attended camp before. The dates for the two sessions are as follows: June 12-16 and July 24-28. Camp registration is available to all area kids entering fourth through sixth grade. Online registration will be available through the Museum’s website at http://mchistory.org/learn/programs/daycamp.php. Printable registration forms will also be available through the Museum’s website, as well as through the Unit 5 and District 87 online backpacks. Registration will close Friday, May 19.

This summer, campers will have the chance to explore five potential future careers related to the field of history: law, archaeology, architecture, museum studies, and environmental science. Over the course of the five-day camp, students will visit the David Davis Mansion and Sugar Grove Nature Center, and will become well acquainted with the Museum and Downtown Bloomington’s own Museum Square. For more information, please contact the Education Department by email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428. We look forward to hearing from all of you burgeoning history buffs in April!

April 13th, 2017 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: When Downtown became a Problem presented by Professor Alan Lessoff

When Downtown became a Problem, presented by ISU Professor Alan Lessoff

Once the city’s physical as well as retail and business heart, downtown Bloomington first came to seem seriously threatened by outlying shopping centers and office developments in the late 1950s. Drawing upon an ongoing exhibition project with the McLean County Museum, this talk reviews the first three decades of redevelopment plans for downtown, when the hope remained that the central district could recapture retail and business from the periphery through massive reconstruction and modernization.

April 24th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 weeklong Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.


April 25th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 week-long Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.

April 26th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 week-long Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.

April 27th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 week-long Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.

April 28th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 week-long Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.

April 29th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Clothesline Project in the Rotunda - Free Admission All Week

The McLean County Museum of History will be partnering with YWCA’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the 2017 week-long Clothesline Project display.

The Clothesline Project, started in 1990, is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their stories by decorating a T-shirt. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to their survival and the problem of violence against women. The shirts will be on display in the Museum’s Rotunda during the week of April 24-29 during regular hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday).

Admission to the Museum during the week will be free to the public thanks to support from the organization NO MORE. NO MORE aims to raise public awareness and engagement around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more, visit nomore.org.