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March 2018

March 3rd, 2018 / 12:30 PM

BN Black History Project 2.0

Join the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) and the Museum for a special program to reboot the Black History Project’s oral history and collections efforts, Saturday, March 03, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The program will feature a public reminiscence panel discussion between long-time Bloomington-Normal residents and area youth. There will also be a local history performance by youth in the community and a dance performance by Breaking Chains and Advancing Increase. (BCAI) This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The McLean County Museum of History is the repository for the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, collecting stories and preserving them for future generations.

Interested in participating? Email: marketing@mchistory for more information.

March 6th, 2018 / 7:00 PM

RESCHEDULED History Reads Book Club: They Fought Like Demons

The McLean County Museum of History and Bloomington Public Library invites all Civil War and women’s history aficionados for the first installment of the History Reads Book Club for 2018. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the Museum’s second floor. The featured book will be “They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War” by De Anne Blanton—which tells the stories of hundreds of women who adopted male disguise (including locally known figure Albert Cashier, formerly Jennie Hodgers, from Saunemin, IL) and fought as soldiers. It explores their reasons for enlisting; their experiences in combat, and the way they were seen by their fellow soldiers and the American public. This discussion was rescheduled from Tuesday, February 6.

This free, quarterly program is brought to you by the Museum and Bloomington Public Library. Our discussion will last approximately 60 minutes. Participants are welcome to explore the Museum before the discussion. Free parking is available at the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

Copies of this 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: contact the 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.

March 8th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: Lincoln at 15: the maturing of his self-education presented by Robert Bray

Lincoln at Fifteen: the maturing of his self-education presented by Robert Bray

We will look at the influence of two texts Lincoln discovered sometime around his fifteenth year, while still living in Indiana. Both would profoundly influence him throughout his political and personal life. One is familiar: the Declaration of Independence; the other, much less so: Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ (1751).

March 10th, 2018 / 10:00 AM

Pedal Power! - Exhibit Opening

Pedal Power! will open on March 10, 2018. On display will be the personal pedal car collection of long-time State Farm executive Bruce Callis. This exhibit will feature dozens of child-sized autos which spans fifty years of pedal car production from the 1920s through the 1970s.

In addition to Bruce’s successful career and community involvement, he was an avid pedal car collector and restorer. His family has gifted 53 pedal cars from his personal collection to the Museum. One of the highlights of this exhibit is the original 75th Anniversary State Farm commemorative pedal car prototype. Discover who designed these popular toys and interact with these icons of childhoods past. Whether you remember these toys from your childhood or are discovering pedal cars for the first time, you will want to cruise down to the Museum and explore Pedal Power!

March 13th, 2018 / 7:00 PM

Caterpillar,Inc: A Legacy of the Great War in Central Illinois

Join the Museum as we welcome Lee Fosburgh, who will present a program on Caterpillar, a legacy of the Great War in Central Illinois, in the historic Gov. Fifer Courtroom. Fosburgh is the Supervisor of Caterpillar Corporate Heritage Services. Fosburgh manages Caterpillar’s archival collections, develops company heritage messaging, and curates historical exhibits at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 15th, 2018 / 9:00 AM

Museum Closed for In-Service Day- Thursday, March 15

The Museum and Visitors Center will be closed to the public on Thursday,March 15 for an in service day.The Museum and Visitors Center will resume operations on Friday, March 16, at 9:00 a.m. We thank you all for your consideration and we are sorry for any inconvenience.