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April 2018

April 5th, 2018 / 7:00 PM

Dr. King, I Remember...local reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

Dr. King, I Remember…local reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination.

A multimedia presentation of remembrances of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had on individuals, will be dramatically presented. Interviews of local McLean County residents will be incorporated into letters to Dr. King interspersed with some of his letters and speeches as a tribute to him.

This program will be presented jointly by Illinois Voices Theatre Echoes and the McLean County Museum of History and will be held in the Museum’s second floor Governor Fifer Courtroom. Admission is $5.00 per person.

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.

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April 7th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through its Campus Buildings

Past and present Redbirds will want to flock to the Museum at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 when Illinois State University archivist April Karlene Anderson will present her talk, “The Walls Speak: Telling ISU’s Story Through its Campus Buildings.” This talk is scheduled in conjunction with the publication of Anderson’s recent book Illinois State University, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series. Anderson’s presentation will feature a small selection of the many historic photographs housed in the collection of the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives that served as the foundation of the book.

“Illinois State University was founded in 1857 as Illinois’s first public higher education institution. Initially named Illinois State Normal University (ISNU) due to its mission to train teachers, the university gained early national recognition for its work in developing educational philosophies. One of those philosophies, Herbartianism, was brought to ISNU in the 1890s and was cultivated by some of the profession’s leading educators, including Charles DeGarmo, head of modern languages and reading at the university.”

“ISNU celebrated 100 years of service in 1957 and, on January 1,1964, dropped “normal” from its name. Now known as Illinois State University, the institution offers over 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs ranging from the humanities to the sciences and nursing within its six colleges.”

Anderson received her masters’ degrees in library and information science, and history from Florida State University and the University of Central California, respectively. She is a certified archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate through the Society of American Archivists. In addition to her work at ISU, she has served as an archives consultant, helping academic institutions and companies establish archival programs.

Anderson will present her talk in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the Museum. The book Illinois State University is available for purchase in the Visitors Center.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets, or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.

April 12th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch & Learn: McLean County Transportation Crossroads

Bring your brown bag lunch to the Museum’s continuing series, featuring engaging and enlightening topics for discussion. Join us the second Thursday of every month from now until May for a new topic to explore and discuss.

This month Mike Matejka, labor historian and Governmental Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council and editor of Grand Prairie Union News, will present a program on how McLean County grew and prospered thanks to transportation. This program will explore the Chicago and Alton shops on Bloomington’s West Side, Route 66, the expanding Central Illinois Regional Airport, and more to illustrate how transportation infrastructure was critical to our community’s growth.

This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Museum. This program is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Collaborative Solutions Institute.

April 14th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

Movies Under the Dome: Honey I Shrunk The Kids

From Academy Award-winning director Joe Johnston (Best Visual Effects, Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981)—known for his technical effect prowess on such films as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, and as director of Jumanji, October Sky, and Captain America: The First Avenger—join the Museum for a viewing of Johnston’s directorial debut film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. as part of the Museum’s ongoing Movies Under the Dome series.

Starring Rick Moranis as the absent-minded, yet innovative, inventor Wayne Szalinski, Honey, Shrunk the Kids follows the story of the Szalinski children and their next-door neighbors who temporarily fall victim to the tinkering of their inventor father and his shrink ray prototype. As the kids navigate the world at the height of 0.25 inches tall, equal parts suspense and hilarity inevitably ensue.

Special effects makeup artist, props artisan, and Illinois State University graduate (‘81, M.S. ’84), James Spinner provides the inspiration for this Saturday matinée. Spinner’s work has also been featured in the films, Men in Black II, The Grinch, Planet of the Apes, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Spinner works with fine art and film effects materials, hot metal castings, resin, latex, foam, and has developed a unique structural framework for creating human forms termed “skeletonics.”

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has a run time of 1 hour 33 minutes and is rated PG for mild violence. A brief intermission will feature family-friendly activities. Drinks, treats, and popcorn will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

April 18th, 2018 / 6:00 PM

Hobbyist Expo at Bloomington Public Library

Are you interested in joining a group or organization? Learn what Bloomington-Normal has to offer at our Hobbyist Expo sponsored by Bloomington Public Library! Members of more than 15 local groups will be available to talk, answer questions, and demonstrate their clubs’ work. Participating groups include—but are not limited to— Central Illinois Puppetry Guild, Bloomington-Normal Writers Group, Hands All Around Quilt Guild, Kodaroamers, Cornbelt Carving Club, Midstate Mini Makers, Under the Dome Knit In, Swingin’ Redbirds (dance), McLean County Genealogical Society, Stitch-In Club, Community Concert Band, Bloomington-Normal Nighttime Knitters, Wild Ones, the Corn Belth Philatelic Society, BN Rocks, and more! Drop in any time during this event as groups will be stationed throughout the building.

The Museum’s Under the Dome Knit In program is pleased to be participating in this Expo and we will have information about upcoming charity projects that will be featured at future Knit Ins!

April 28th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

Day of the Children/Day of the Books

El Dia de Los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

The Museum will join a variety of community organizations in celebrating the 11th annual Children’s Day/Book Day presented by Bloomington Public Library from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy music, crafts, face painting, dancing, mascots, community groups, food, and fun throughout the Library.At the Museum’s table, there will be a multicultural activity, and information about the Museum’s new permanent exhibits and upcoming programs.There will also be representatives from community organizations with information about available services and opportunities. This bilingual program is FREE and open to the public.For more information, please visit www.bloomingtonlibrary.org.