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Archive of: April, 2014

McHistory: Going to Danvers to Take the Cure

The Hamlet of Danvers once hosted a sanatorium for those struggling with addiction to alcohol.

Photo of the Week, 64: Redbirds Crowned National Champs in 1969

McLean County Museum of History Replica 1969 champions Illinois State Baseball Cap

Seen here is ISU pitcher “Buzz" Capra holding the NCAA championship plaque and giving the “victory" sign. Lee William "Buzz" Capra went on to enjoy a solid Major League Baseball career, pitching for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves from 1971 to 1977.

Easter Parade, LeRoy Style, 1937

Easter LeRoy 1937 McLean County Museum of History

On Sunday, April 9, 1937, The Pantagraph ran a photo spread on LeRoy ladies getting ready for Easter church services and family get-togethers.

Photo of the Week, 63: ​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937

​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937.  McLean County Museum of History

McLean County State's Attorney Bernard E. Wall (right) and Deputy Sheriff James Christenson examine “herbs" seized in a November 20, 1937 raid on 324 South East Street in Bloomington.

We're Special! -- The MCMH Library

It's National Library Week, which means libraries across the country are celebrating the positive impacts they have on the community around them. Read a bit about what makes our library special!

Photo of the Week, 62: Brother can you spare a . . . tractor

On May 1, 1939, neighbors gathered at Grover Proctor's farm to take care of the spring plowing. Proctor, suffering from complications from pneumonia, was unable to get outside and do the necessary plowing on his farm.

Soap Box Derby Dreams

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937.

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937. Millard would go on to win the Central Illinois title and compete at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

Photo of the Week, 61: Courthouse Square 1930

Seen here is an early Great Depression view of the McLean County Courthouse, looking northeast from the corner of Center and Washington streets.

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