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October 2017

October 1st, 2017 / 11:00 AM

Evergreen Cemtery Walk

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured over 157 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery is one of the richest historical resources in our community. People from all walks of life are buried in this over 150 year old cemetery. Rich, poor, famous, infamous, loved or forgotten alike, they are all buried here. Evergreen provides an honorable resting place for all members of our community.

This annual event is a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

October 7th, 2017 / 11:00 AM

Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured over 157 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery is one of the richest historical resources in our community. People from all walks of life are buried in this over 150 year old cemetery. Rich, poor, famous, infamous, loved or forgotten alike, they are all buried here. Evergreen provides an honorable resting place for all members of our community.

This annual event is a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

October 8th, 2017 / 11:00 AM

Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured over 157 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery is one of the richest historical resources in our community. People from all walks of life are buried in this over 150 year old cemetery. Rich, poor, famous, infamous, loved or forgotten alike, they are all buried here. Evergreen provides an honorable resting place for all members of our community.

This annual event is a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

October 12th, 2017 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: Working in McLean County presented by Mike Matejka

McLean County changed dramatically when the railroad arrived in the 1850s, particularly as small businesses grew larger. The 19th and early 20th century saw real contests as the economic system changed and workers spoke up for their rights. Mike Matejka, Governmental Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council and editor of Grand Prairie Union News, will discuss how this contest played out in Bloomington-Normal and how working people organized to improve their conditions.



October 13th, 2017 / 2:00 PM

Waxing Historic: Living History Museum

On Friday, October 13 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. the Museum is pleased to host area home school students who will be creating a living history wax museum. Each student will create a display about the historic figure they will bring to life! Historic figures from throughout local, state, U.S. and world history will be featured during this program. Watch your October monthly mailer and the Museum’s Facebook page for more details. This event will be free and open to the public.

October 24th, 2017 / 7:00 PM

Images of the Eighth Judicial Circuit with Guy Fraker


Images of the Eighth Judicial Circuit with Guy Fraker

The Museum is pleased to welcome retired lawyer and local historian, Guy Fraker, for a program about his forthcoming book Looking for Lincoln in Illinois; A Guide Book to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit. This free program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.