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2022 History Makers: Deanna Frautschi & Alan Bedell

Two McLean County residents with working class roots continue to make history as major community and philanthropic leaders. Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell both impact many lives with their generous souls, nurtured by their love of nature.

2022 History Makers: Myra & George Gordon

“Tikkun Olam,” a phrase in Hebrew meaning to “repair the world,” sums up George and Myra Gordon’s many community contributions, including education, recycling, and planting trees.

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Spring 2022

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Winter 21/22

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Fall 2021

Treasures Under the Dome -- Part 1

Treasures Under the Dome will be a semi-regular video series t that showcases one of the objects, papers, or images in our collections & archives that is not routinely on display at the Museum.

Two more digitization grants!

The McLean County Museum of History is the recipient of two digitization grants to expand its efforts in making the Pantagraph Negatives Collection more readily available to the public online... but we need your help!

On the Square -- Summer 2021

Robert and Marilyn Sutherland -- 2021 History Maker Honorees

During their over five decades in Bloomington-Normal, Bob and Marilyn Sutherland participated in many ways to help make this a better community for everyone, particularly for those who often cannot make their own voices heard.

Barbara Stuart -- 2021 History Maker Honoree

Barbara served for several years as president of the Normal Public Library Board and became the first president of the Friends of the Normal Public Library.

Jerry and Carole Ringer -- 2021 History Maker Honorees

Jerry and Carole’s shared passion for the arts is well-known in the community. Carole says, “(Art) helps to define the quality of life. Even if you are well able to put food on the table, culture is needed for the soul, mind, and spirit.”

On the Square -- Spring 2021

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Winter 2020/21

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Fall 2020

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Summer 2020

Cemetery Walk Videos Now Online

At a time when box offices are shuttered, stages and seats remain uncharacteristically empty, and bright lights of marquees across the country and the world remain dark, the Museum feels compelled to highlight the rich partnerships it has had over the years with local theaters such as Heartland Theatre Company, Community Players Theatre, and Illinois Voices Theatre.

Museum Closed to the Public

In the interest of the safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff in light of the developing COVID-19 situation regionally and nationally, the McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 14. Should conditions allow, the Museum will reopen to the public on Monday, April 6.

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Spring 2020

On the Square Quarterly Magazine -- Winter 2019/2020

Practicing Inclusion at the McLean County Museum of History

Museum Librarian Bill Kemp leads a group of students on a Social Justice tour.

The McLean County Museum of History welcomes and values all visitors. We are committed to representing the entire community by sharing your history, your story. In fact, it is part of our mission to “reflect the diversity of McLean County,” and we take that mission seriously. As an educational institution, the Museum’s job is to illuminate stories and foster opportunities for dialogue so people can learn from the experiences of one another—whether they lived 1,000 years ago or today. These stories must serve both as mirrors that reflect ourselves and as windows that allow us to view the wider world.

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