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May 2017

May 2nd, 2017 / 7:00 PM

History Reads Book Club:Labor, Loyalty, & Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I by Carl R. Weinberg

This is a joint program presented by the McLean County Museum of History and Bloomington Public Library. The program is free, open to the public, and is regularly held in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the Museum. All meetings occur on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to explore the Museum before or after the meeting.

Free parking is available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

Copies of each book will be available for checkout at Bloomington Public Library or may be requested via interlibrary loan through your local public library.

For more information on this program please contact the Museum’s Education Department by email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428; or contact Karen Moen at Bloomington Public Library at reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org



May 4th, 2017 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn:Assessing First 100 Days of Trump Presidency with Bob Bradley

SPECIAL EVENT

It is political tradition to take stock of a new president’s tenure after the first 100 days, to measure successes and accomplishments during the time that their power and influence is at it’s greatest. Bob Bradley will offer his insights into the start of President Trump’s tenure.

Robert Bradley is Professor Emeritus of Politics & Government, Illinois State University.

Bring your brown bag lunch to the Museum’s series, featuring engaging and enlightening topics for discussion. Join us the second Thursday of every month from September through May for a new topic to explore and discuss. The programs are held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom from 12:10-12:40 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Collaborative Solutions Institute.

May 11th, 2017 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: The End is Near: Waste Management in a Post-landfill World presented by Michael Brown

The McLean County landfill is expected to reach capacity and begin closure in 2017. What happens to our trash once we have no landfill? Is this a crisis for our community? Area Solid Waste Coordinator for the Ecology Action Center, Michael Brown will discuss the future of waste in McLean County.

Bring your brown bag lunch to the Museum’s series, featuring engaging and enlightening topics for discussion. Join us the second Thursday of every month from September through May for a new topic to explore and discuss. The programs are held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom from 12:10-12:40 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public and sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Collaborative Solutions Institute.

May 19th, 2017 / 11:38 PM

Registration Closed for Futures in History Camp

Registration is closed for Futures in History Camp 2017.

May 20th, 2017 / 10:00 AM

Under the Dome Knit-In

Under the Dome Knit In- Wrap a Senior in love!

Knitters and crocheters—mark your calendars for the next Under the Dome Knit In on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.! The Museum welcomes all knitters and crocheters to come down and create charity items or work on their own project. This event will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.
This quarter’s featured knitting/crocheting charity opportunity will be making lap blankets and shawls for residents at assisted living/skilled nursing care facilities in Bloomington-Normal. For seniors who are less mobile, lap blankets and shawls are the perfect way to stay warm any time of the year. Plus, these items are a great way to brighten their day as some seniors may not have any family or friends who visit them. Handmade items like these can really make a difference in the life of a senior; showing them there is someone who cares! So let’s wrap our seniors in love with some lap blankets and shawls. There will be several lap blanket and shawl patterns available for participants to use, or feel free to use your own.

The Under the Dome Knit In is FREE and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served.All you need to bring is your own project or the materials to begin a new one.

Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck, one block south of the Museum on Front Street. For more information or any questions, please contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428 or education@mchistory.org.

Photo courtesy of KJ Photography

May 29th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Museum Closed In Observance of Memorial Day

Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday.