Union Army veteran Gilbert Henderson Bates sought, in his own eccentric way, to help heal the sectional wounds of fratricidal bloodletting.
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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!
An early Bloomington settler and one time friend of Abe Lincoln was also a southern sympathizer.
Need some last minute gifts? The Museum has you covered! Come on down to our gift shop and discover some wonderful stocking stuffers! In addition to dozens of books pertaining to local history and Lincoln, there are many unique items for the folks on your Christmas list!
On November 21, 1951, workmen brought down the New York Central Railroad water tower located at the South Main Street overpass in the warehouse district just south of downtown Bloomington.
http://www.mchistory.org/blog/winter-20134-newsletterRead about our upcoming events, stocking stuffers for sale at the museum, meet our fall interns (Jared Logan, Kenny Tymick, and Merry Thomas), a new board member (Nancy Flanagan), and a volunteer (Deb Amdor).
In observance of Movember, Museum staff thought it would be fun to highlight some historic 'staches of McLean County.
"McHistory" is a co-production of WGLT and the Museum of History using the letters, diaries, and documents of days gone by.
This longtime non-profit social service organization was founded in 1917 by candy maker-turned-evangelist Billy Shelper. First known as Home Sweet Home City Rescue Mission, it was located at 111 South Main Street (seen here) from 1920 to 1926.
In this episode of GLT's recurring series "McHistory," we hear about a veto message from a Governor of Illinois more than 60 years ago.
In 1929, an “air marker" was placed atop The Daily Pantagraph building in downtown Bloomington. Why then did this sign tell pilots that Bloomington is five miles further to the north?
Today's McHistory is about the Civil War Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, which took place December 7th, 1862.
is a story of hooligans, pranks, and University hijinks from the early
part of the last century.
Read about the new Asian Indian installation in our People gallery, upcoming programs and events, meet a new volunteer (Aingeal Stone), staff member (Amelia Hill), and board member (Amelia Buragas)
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