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November 2018

November 3rd, 2018 / 1:00 PM

Historic Cases of McLean County

Local law buffs and legal aficionados are invited to the Museum on Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. for an illustrated program on six historic McLean County cases. Presented by Don Everhart, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Bob Bradley, professor emeritus, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University; Guy Fraker, Bloomington attorney and Lincoln scholar; and Bill Kemp, librarian, McLean County Museum of History, the program will examine two cases tied to Abraham Lincoln—including one of the most celebrated criminal trials ever held in the county, People v. Wyant (1857). Other cases examined will include an influential school desegregation case from the 1870s, as well as the legal proceedings that resulted from the Kickapoo Creek Rock Festival of 1970 almost a century later. This program is the result of the work the McLean County Historic Cases Committee, organized as part of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission’s “History on Trial” Illinois Bicentennial project. Circuit Court Clerk Everhart is chair of the committee.

This free, public program will be held in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the Museum (the site where two of these cases were decided. Free parking is available on the street or in the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street. For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428.

November 7th, 2018 / 7:00 PM

History Reads Book Club- The American Years

What better excuse than the bicentennial of Illinois to explore the almost 200 year history of Bloomington, Illinois and McLean County through the partly-fictionalized account, The American Years (1938), by local author Harold Sinclair. Join us for a discussion of the book during the final History Reads Book Club of 2018 on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Bloomington Public Library. ***Please note the change of date and location due to Election Day on November 6.

This free, quarterly program is brought to you by the Museum and Bloomington Public Library. The discussion will last approximately 60 minutes.

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 on this program please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428; or contact Karen Moen at Bloomington Public Library at reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org. The Museum looks forward to seeing our local swashbuckling literature lovers in August!

November 8th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch & Learn: Ewing Manor 1928-2018- The First Ninety Years

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 Toni Tucker, director of Ewing Manor Cultural Center (Illinois State University Foundation) will share a multimedia presentation about the first 90 years of Ewing Manor; from the building of the Manor to present-day restoration projects.

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 and the McLean County Museum of History.

November 11th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony this year will be Sunday, November 11th from 10 am to noon on the east steps of the McLean County Museum of History.

Details TBA

November 13th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

Yoga History Under the Dome

Join Carmen Champion of Main Street Yoga for this 5-part program focusing on the historic principles of yoga.

Originally, yoga looked very different than the Downward Facing Dog now represented on Instagram. Understand how a deeply meditative practice evolved into a workout. Learn how different cultures shaped the modern-day understanding of the practice and why yoga has survived for thousands of years. Build your own meditation or yoga practice by developing a more enriched understanding of yoga culture.

This free, public program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.

November 13th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

Uncle Hal and the War to End All Wars

The Museum is pleased to welcome back retired Bloomington lawyer and Lincoln historian, Guy Fraker, who will present a program about the experiences of one World War I soldier, his uncle Harry “Hal” Holliday. This program is being presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of The Great War (November 11, 1918). This free, public program will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum’s second floor courtroom.

Fraker’s program will share his uncle Harry “Hal” Holliday’s experiences as a soldier to illustrate the somewhat forgotten saga of the soldiers who fought in World War I and the terrifying and horrific conditions the troops endured during that brutal conflict. Fraker’s uncle “Hal,” grew up on a farm in Chillicothe, IL and then moved to Peoria, IL where he spent his adult life. Like so many idealistic and patriotic “Doughboys,” “Hal” volunteered, experienced the worst of the war, came home damaged, and never recovered. His story epitomizes the patriotism, courage, and sacrifice of so many men who served during “the war to end all wars.”

Fraker, a retired attorney from Bloomington, Illinois, is the author of two books, most recently Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit (2017). His articles have been published in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Illinois Heritage, the Pantagraph, and the Champaign News Gazette. He was a consultant for the WILL-TV documentary Lincoln, Prelude to the Presidency, and is co-curator of Prologue to the Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Eighth Judicial Circuit, an exhibit on permanent display at the David Davis Mansion.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email 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.

November 17th, 2018 / 10:00 AM

Under the Dome Knit In

Under the Dome Knit In- Serving Our Community with Kindness

Knitters and crocheters—mark your calendars for the next Under the Dome Knit In on Saturday, November 17 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. Our event will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.
This quarter we will be featuring two knitting/crocheting charity opportunities: the Red Scarf project, sponsored by the Foster Care to Success: America’s College Fund for Foster Youth, and S.A.C.K. (Serving a Community with Kindness) soap sack movement.

On Valentine’s Day each year, Foster Care to Success sends care packages to college students in foster care across the country. The handmade scarves by knitters and crocheters are included in each care package and become treasured keepsakes for students for many years. Scarves can be any shade of red, including red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red. The scarves should be unisex, 5 to 8 inches wide, and 60 inches in length. The Museum will be collecting completed red scarves from September 4 until December 1. These scarves will be distributed by Foster Care to Success in February of next year.

Inspired by S.A.C.K (Serving a Community with Kindness), the soap sack movement was started to inspire groups of volunteers around the country to crochet/knit, collect and donate bar soap to their local food pantries, homeless centers, and transitional housing centers. Soap sacks are made with cotton yarn, which allows them to be used as washcloths as well. Free patterns are available by visiting http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/charity-project-make-a-soap-sack/. The Museum will be collecting soap sacks now through December 1 and will donate them to our local food pantries and shelters.
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:Education Department at 309-827-0428 or education@mchistory.org

November 22nd, 2018 / 9:00 AM

Museum Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The Museum and Visitors Center will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday.The Museum and Visitors Center will resume operations on Friday, November 23, at 9:00 a.m. We thank you all for your consideration and we are sorry for any inconvenience.