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November 2017

November 7th, 2017 / 7:00 PM

History Reads Book Club: Dime Novel Desperadoes: The Notorious Maxwell Brothers by John Hallwas

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 and 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.



November 9th, 2017 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: The Proven Value of International People-to-People Programs presented by the Sister Cities Association

The value of International people-to-people programs will be the topic of discussion presented by Elaine Cousins (president), Desiree Quizon-Colquitt, and Karen Dennis of the Sister Cities Association.

Learn about the unique history of our 3-city sister city partnership with Vladimir, Russia and Canterbury, England and how it is bringing people-to-people diplomacy to our area with medical, high school, university, and young professional exchanges. Images of contemporary Canterbury and Vladimir will also introduce these two historic cities to lunch and learn participants.

November 11th, 2017 / 10:00 AM

Veterans Day Observance

This year’s ceremony will commence at 11 minutes before 11 a.m. with the color guard firing one round each minute until 11 a.m. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of hostilities during World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Museums Gov. Fifer Courtroom.

For more information please contact: Royden Jones, Commander American Legion Post 56 309-376-5331

Additionally, the first 100 veterans who attend the ceremony will receive a hand made scarf created by local knitters and crocheters as a thank you for their service and to show our community’s appreciation and gratitude for them.

November 11th, 2017 / 1:00 PM

Music from the Great War with Dale Evans

As part of the Museum’s continuation of programming to commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Museum will host local artist, musician, and luthier Dale Evans and singer/songwriter Hannah Kerrigan, for a musical program featuring their renditions of well known, (and not so well known) songs from the Great War on Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Governor Fifer Courtroom and will be free and open to the public.

In times of war, artists and musicians have often been called upon to use their talents in the pursuit of “victory.” The explosion of publishing popular music after the U.S. Civil War saw its peak during the Great War of 1914. The performance will also include a display of Evans’ collection of colorful song sheets and original 78 rpm recordings played on his Victrola.
Dale Evans was born and raised in Bloomington. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art at Indiana University. He is a self-taught musician who has built hundreds of instruments including hammered dulcimers, banjos, and many other folk and exotic instruments. Evans teaches watercolor at the McLean County Arts Center and his interest in World War I sheet music blends his three passions—art, music and history.

Hannah Kerrigan, also a native of Bloomington, has been singing and writing songs since childhood. It was only until recently that she began to share this talent, accompanied by dear friend and musical partner, Dale Evans. Both Kerrigan and Evans share a passion for traditional folk music.

Prior to the program, the public is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony that will be held on the east side of the Museum. The ceremony will begin at 11 minutes before 11:00 a.m. with the American Legion color guard firing one round each minute until 11:00 a.m. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of hostilities during World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Museums Gov. Fifer Courtroom.\

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428 or via email at education@mchistory.org.

November 14th, 2017 / 6:30 PM

Movies Under the Dome: Wings

Movies Under the Dome: Wings

As part of the Museum’s continuation of programming to commemorate the centennial of World War I, the fifth installment of Movies Under the Dome will feature the 1927 classic silent film Wings, directed by William Wellman, composer J.S. Zamecnik, and staring Clara, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and Richard Arlen. This program will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom and is free and open to the public.

Wings, which won the first Oscar for Best Motion Picture in 1929, is set during World War I in1917. David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) and Jack Powell (Charles “Buddy” Rogers) are rivals in the same small American town, both vying for the attentions of pretty Sylvia Lewis. Jack fails to realize that “the girl next door,” Mary Preston, is desperately in love with him. The two young men both enlist to become combat pilots in the Air Service. When they leave for training camp, Jack mistakenly believes Sylvia prefers him. She actually prefers David and lets him know about her feelings, but is too kindhearted to turn down Jack’s affection. Jack and David are billeted together. The two men endure a rigorous training period, where they go from being enemies to best friends. Upon graduating, they are shipped off to France to fight the Germans and Mary follows them by joining the war effort as an ambulance driver. This remastered version features an original score re-orchestrated and performed by a full orchestra, enhanced coloring, and several added sound and visual effects.

World War I related artifacts from the Museum’s archival and object collections will be on display before and after the film. During the short intermission, a program about local World War I aviators will be presented by local World War I enthusiast Jim Hoppe.

This film is rated PG-13 for mild violence and intense situations. Canned soda and popcorn will be available for purchase before the movie. The Museum will also be collecting new, personal care items that will be donated to veterans at the VA Hospital in Danville. Bring in any new, personal care item from the list below, and receive a free bag of popcorn!

New and unused items which can be donated are the following (no hotel items please): deodorant, mouthwash, hairbrushes, combs, liquid hand soap, body powder, tooth paste, shaving cream, pre-shave lotion, aftershave, disposable razors, stationary kits, playing cards, t-shirts, socks, paperback puzzle books (large print is preferred), telephone cards, and coffee.

Before the movie night, you can learn even more about McLean County’s local aviation history by stopping by the Prairie Aviation Museum to see their current display honoring local World War I aviators! For more information about their display and information about the Prairie Aviation Museum, please visit https://prairieaviationmuseum.org/rotating-exhibits/.

Contact: Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428

November 18th, 2017 / 10:00 AM

Under the Dome Knit-In

Under the Dome Knit In- helping those in need, one stitch at a time!

Knitters and crocheters—mark your calendars for the next Under the Dome Knit In on Saturday, November 18 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.

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.

November 21st, 2017 / 6:30 PM

McLean County Genealogical Society Meeting - My Family Tales are Taller than Yours

This event will include the genealogical society dessert social and installation of 2018 officers and directors.