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Archive of: June, 2015

What a View!

Dome of the McLean County Courthouse- Currently McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History occupies the old county courthouse in historic downtown Bloomington. The Museum’s photo collections include many fabulous photographs of the old courthouse’s prior life as the center of county government.

Photo of the Week, 122: Watterson Towers, October 1967 -- Twenty-One Stories to Go!

Watterson Towers, a 28-story residence hall complex located on the Illinois State University campus, opened in 1969. It houses some 2,200 students and is generally regarded as one of the tallest college dormitories in the world.

Photo of the week, 121: Miller Park Fishing Season Underway -- June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side

Did you know today, June 18, is National Go Fishing Day?

Miller Park Fishing Season Underway June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park, 1938.

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side has been a time-honored local tradition since the late 1800s. This Depression-era photograph shows the opening of the 1938 fishing season on June 16.

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld, Limitless Horizons

Because of my time spent at the museum, I feel enlightened to the numerous occupations related to history, not just history education. Although I will probably continue to pursue teaching history at the high school level, the stress of questioning the utility of my history degree has all but diminished. I am thankful for what I have gained through the museum: a refreshing perspective, a rewarding feeling, and a fantastic staff of professionals that I can now call my friends.

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld

...my job at the museum has been to organize the Morrell family collection. The Morrell family are longtime residents of McLean County and their belongings do well to help picture Bloomington through the ages.

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld, Tri-Valley History Fair

Every spring the Museum hosts some of the projects created for the Tri-Valley History Fair.

Slitherin’ no more Mystery Pic, 1958

This fascinating photograph is a mystery to Museum staff. The only thing we’re sure about is that it was taken on June 30, 1958.

Flag Day, 1948

Local Girl Scouts hoist Old Glory at Forrest Park in south Bloomington in preparation for Flag Day 1948. Running the Stars and Stripes is Mary Jane Anderson, assisted by Joanie Magirl. In the background (left to right) are Karen Figg, Carole Colteaux, and Peggy Bennington. Happy Flag Day from the Museum!

Photo of the Week, 120: Carl Loeseke’s Homing Pigeons, 1938

Seen here is Bloomington restaurateur Carl J. Loeseke tending to many of his homing pigeons at his 1103 W. Moulton St. (now MacArthur Ave.) residence

Seen here is Bloomington restaurateur Carl J. Loeseke tending to many of his homing pigeons at his 1103 W. Moulton St. (now MacArthur Ave.) residence on Bloomington’s west side. This photograph dates to mid-June 1938.

Slitherin’ no more Mystery Pic, 1958

Large snake, 1958.

This fascinating photograph is a mystery to Museum staff. The only things we’re sure about is that it was taken on June 30, 1958 and that the snake is a Bullsnake (now called Gophersnake). We do not know the who, where, or why.

Springtime in “BloNo’ Iris Walk, 1939

Although you wouldn’t know it from this past weekend’s weather, the end of May and the beginning of June mark the traditional start of the garden walk season in Bloomington-Normal.

Photo of the Week, 119: ‘Tanks’ a lot Legionnaires! WW I relic arrives in Bloomington, 1939

Several pieces of military hardware can be found at Bloomington’s Miller Park, including this World War I-era tank, seen here being offloaded on May 24. 1939.

Several pieces of military hardware can be found at Bloomington’s Miller Park, including this World War I-era tank, seen here being offloaded on May 24. 1939.

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