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Archive of: December, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed … Llama? McLean County Christmas, 1958

Santa and a llama, 1958.

In the week before Christmas 1958, Santa Claus paid a visit to Bloomington’s Forest Park to inspect the local reindeer stock. But Old St. Nick found his attention monopolized by a nosy llama.

Photo of the Week, 96: The Most Popular Guy in the Room

Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater.

More than 600 grade school children attended the Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater in 1944.

Volunteer Reflection: Drew Brandau

My first day here I was given the task of making a finding aid for a nearly 100-year-old collection of World War I material, mainly books and military manuals. A finding aid is a typed inventory of the contents of an archival collection, and as such helps researchers and those interested in the collection find their way around the material.

Intern Reflections: Back Room Objects

That had to be my favorite day, as it morphed from handling the objects in the room to having several employees in the museum show me the various archives and vaults that I had yet to see. I clearly didn't understand the scope of the museum collections nor what their accreditation meant for a museum in a city of this size.

Photo of the Week, 95: Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Shotgun-toting and suspicious Mrs. Claus follows her husband around Bloomington as he is in the company of three attractive reindeer.

Photo of the Week, 94: Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington firemen help Santa deliver sixteen "goody" baskets to disadvantaged local families in 1940.

Newsletter: Winter 2014/15

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A Unique Look At A Hollywood Starlet

Among the many treasures held by the McLean County Museum of History is this portrait of Irene Delroy (pictured above) painted by George Maillard Kesslere in 1929. It hung in the Ithaca, NY, home of her second husband Gerard Oberrender until his death in 1998.

Josephine Sanders was born in Bloomington, IL, on July 21, 1900. She was better known by her stage and screen name, Irene Delroy.

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