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June 2017

June 2nd, 2017 / 5:00 PM

Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening

The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. The Museum of History will be the site of history presentations and our Tea Room, and one block away a stunning Tesla Coil demonstration will light the night. Enjoy dining, dancing, workshops (and a cabaret/burlesque show!) in restored buildings from the 1860s–1930s. The streets will be bustling with a costume contest, promenade, Splendid Teapot Races, and Makers’ Faire entries… we can’t wait to see you here!

For registration and more information, please visithttp://www.cogsandcorsetsil.com/

June 3rd, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening

The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. The Museum of History will be the site of history presentations and our Tea Room, and one block away a stunning Tesla Coil demonstration will light the night. Enjoy dining, dancing, workshops (and a cabaret/burlesque show!) in restored buildings from the 1860s–1930s. The streets will be bustling with a costume contest, promenade, Splendid Teapot Races, and Makers’ Faire entries… we can’t wait to see you here!

For registration and more information, please visithttp://www.cogsandcorsetsil.com/

June 4th, 2017 / 9:00 AM

Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening

The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. The Museum of History will be the site of history presentations and our Tea Room, and one block away a stunning Tesla Coil demonstration will light the night. Enjoy dining, dancing, workshops (and a cabaret/burlesque show!) in restored buildings from the 1860s–1930s. The streets will be bustling with a costume contest, promenade, Splendid Teapot Races, and Makers’ Faire entries… we can’t wait to see you here!

For registration and more information, please visithttp://www.cogsandcorsetsil.com/

June 6th, 2017 / 7:00 PM

Suffrage in Stitches

Join the Museum in welcoming Katherine Durack, crochet designer and Ph.D., who will present a trunk show program that will explore the curious connections between needle arts and women’s suffrage. This free program will be held on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Governor Fifer courtroom and is open to anyone.

Durack began the Suffrage in Stitches project with the goal to commemorate and raise awareness of the women who committed their lives so that women could have the right to vote, as well as raising awareness of historic sites and encouraging participation in the project. This five-year project will culminate with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, in 1920. Durack’s trunk show includes: stories about forgotten activists who sacrificed so women could vote in America; raises awareness of local and national women’s history sites; encourages audience members to participate in creative remembering and retelling by making their own versions of the crocheted projects; and encourages audience members (both men and women) to value and exercise their right to vote. Her program will be illustrated with displays of original crochet designs inspired by the history and heroes of the women’s suffrage movement. Her non-partisan, civically inspirational program will offer a unique glimpse of history for those who crochet and for those who don’t.

Katherine Durack is a Cincinnati crochet designer, scholar, and storyteller. Formerly an award-winning academic, Durack founded Patterns for Success LLC in 2014 after 15 years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In April of this year, she was named as the Ohio representative to the national board for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, which is a group, committed to raising funds to build a memorial in Occoquan Regional Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. Durack guesses she was about eight years old when she first learned how to crochet. After a decades long hiatus during her academic career, she picked up her hooks again in 2008.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org, (309) 827-0428, or visit www.suffrageinstitches.com/.

June 12th, 2017 / 8:03 AM

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!

June 13th, 2017 / 11:27 PM

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!

June 14th, 2017 / 11:28 PM

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!

June 15th, 2017 / 5:30 PM

6th Annual History Makers Gala

Each year, the History Makers Gala recognizes senior citizens whose outstanding, lifelong contributions of time and talents have helped to make McLean County a better place to live. The Gala dinner will feature live entertainment that celebrates the honorees and their service to the community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Join us for the 6th Annual History Makers gala as we celebrate the 2017 class of honorees:

  • Craig Hart, business leader, preservationist, and volunteer who co-founded Heritage Enterprises in 1962 and worked to restore and preserve historic Downtown Bloomington
  • Charles and Jeanne Morris, educators, civil rights activists, and volunteers whose involvement with numerous organizations have improved life for minorities and children in the community
  • Judy Stone, whose work as a volunteer and activist included the foundation of the local branches of Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity
  • Jesse Smart, who served three terms as mayor of Bloomington and has participated in numerous volunteer organizations

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June 15th, 2017 / 11:29 PM

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!

June 16th, 2017 / 11:30 PM

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!

June 19th, 2017 / 11:36 PM

Registration Closed for Futures in History Camp

Registration is closed for Futures in History Camp 2017.