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Presidents' Day Open House 2014

Mon Feb 17 12:00:00 2014

Presidents’ Day OPEN HOUSE

The Museum will be hosting another Presidents’ Day celebration on February 17th from 12 – 4 p.m. This year we will commemorate fifty years since John F Kennedy’s assassination. Educational activities will focus on life during JFKs presidency. Participants will learn about JFK’s favorite foods, pastimes, style, and more through artifact based activities in each gallery. Vote in the mock election, play games, and enjoy cake and punch. Don’t forget to check out our presidential table case exhibit outside our library. This is a FREE program open to the public. At the Museum, we encourage families to explore, learn, and play together. So bring your entire family to the Museum on February 17th and give your children or grandchildren the gift of a fun educational experience this Presidents’ Day!

The JFK and McLean County Connection

John F. Kennedy arrived at the Bloomington Municipal Airport at 11:18 a.m. on October 24, 1956. Coming from Chicago, the senator flew in a 5 passenger Apache airplane. Because of the high crosswinds, reaching 45 mph, they could not land the plane on the runway but had to land in the ‘pasture.’ The senator admitted to being frightened. He then went to Davidson’s Restaurant on Rt. 66 for a reception with news reporters and gave a short speech ending with a quote by Robert Frost “We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep.”

Presidents'  Day Open House 2014