The McLean County Museum of History opens its doors to the community each year on the first Saturday of December for a day of family fun and holiday cheer. Visitors can enjoy holiday music, caroling, homemade cookies, cider and much more on Saturday, December, 07 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
An architectural gem, the old courthouse on the square will be decked out in holiday finery and guests are greeted by a beautiful traditional decorated tree in the center of the majestic rotunda.
This year the Bloomington fire department’s engine and the Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine will again escort St. Nicholas up the Museum steps immediately following the Jaycees Parade. Families can take photos with St. Nick and make 1940s themed crafts in the Museum galleries. Mike Matejka will bring his model toy train which is always a hit with the children.
Music performances will feature the acoustical styling of Graham Cowger, the Bloomington High School Quartet, Orpheus Mandolin Society, Loving Missionary Choir, Sound of Illinois Chorus,story telling with Dr. Mike Lockett and the Tale Spinners, and the State Farm Singers.
The On the Square gift shop will be open all day and visitors can choose from a wide range of gift items including signed copies
of “Pages from the Past: Stories from the Sunday Pantagraph” by author, Bill Kemp, Museum librarian/archivist.
New this year, look for the Illinois State University baseball team cap replica from the 1969 NCAA
National Championship team exclusively through the gift shop in downtown Bloomington. History, Hollywood and sports heroes have inspired a unique fund raiser for the McLean County Museum of History. Local sports history fans have a chance to own a unique piece of baseball memorabilia that also benefits the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits.
In partnership with David Davis Mansion, this year we are offering a new Holiday History Pass at either site. Visit both sites between November, 29 and December 31 and be eligible for a special holiday prize give-away. For more information visit www.mchistory.org.
Christmas at the Courthouse is sponsored by State Farm Insurance Company.