22 posts

August 15th, 2019

Intern Reflection: Logan Janicki

For my internship this summer, I researched and wrote biographies of the historical figures to be featured in this year’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk. Other museum staff had already decided who was to be featured and done preliminary research, finding as much material on each person as possi...
3 mins read by Logan Janicki

August 13th, 2019

Intern Reflection: Marcel Tworek

Since the end of May, I have been working under my supervisor Emma Meyer to help in Collections by working on biographies of people who are associated with an artifact or document that the museum has in its collection. During my time at the museum, I have learned to work with the Past Perfect sof...
3 mins read by Marcel Tworek

June 14th, 2016

One Dress, Eleven Brides

The beautiful wedding gown pictured here was worn by Miss Alice Myrtle Abbott for her ceremony to Rev. Frances McCarty in Mason City on 30 November 1904. Myrtle’s three daughters, (born in McLean County) Mary Helen, Alice, and Martha Louise, wore the same dress for their weddings in 1933, 1938, a...
4 mins read by Emma Meyer

April 22nd, 2016

Intern Reflection: Heather Evert

What do we keep that will tell our history to others?Scrapbooks, schoolbooks, photos, mementos, letters, documents, awards. We like seeing our name in print (or, today, mentioned in an online post), we love sending photos to friends and family so they can see what we’ve seen. We hang on to heirlo...
3 mins read by Heather Evert

April 22nd, 2016

Intern Reflection: Rachael Laing

The first question everyone asks when they find out that I am attending ISU’s graduate program for history is “What specific era do you study?” That’s a lie, the first question is usually “So you want to be a teacher?” The answer to both is – no. Teachers are incredibly important, and sometimes e...
2 mins read by Rachael Laing

November 3rd, 2015

St. Mary's Church & School Collection

I am Chelsea Pokrzywinski, a first year graduate student at the University of Illinois studying library and information science. With a bachelor’s degree in history from ISU and the goal of working in a library or museum after graduate school, I felt the museum was the best place to learn what ar...
3 mins read by Chelsea Pokrzywinski

September 21st, 2015

Intern Reflection: Jim Gass

The Museum may be a repository for McLean County’s history, but it’s hardly the only place where you can observe the past. The Museum is for studying and analyzing history; to see where it came from, one has to search it out. Walking through Downtown Bloomington on foot lets you see buildings tha...
4 mins read by Jim Gass

July 31st, 2015

Intern Reflection: Chloe Harkins

My Communications degree program at Illinois State University requires an internship.When I started at ISU last fall I was apprehensive about it. Where would I apply? Would I have time to fit it in with my work schedule? What would I like to do? These questions ran through my noggin' over an...
4 mins read by Chloe Harkins

June 15th, 2015

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld, Limitless Horizons

As a junior history social-science major at Illinois State University, I can attest that one of the most difficult decisions during college is the dilemma of discovering a career path. An ideal occupation needs to fulfill a variety of categories in order to catch my attention, including an intere...
3 mins read by Jack Schuld

June 15th, 2015

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld, Tri-Valley History Fair

Every spring the Museum hosts some of the projects created for the Tri-Valley History Fair. For their fair, students from Tri-Valley middle school research a topic that interests them, and then they create a presentation of their research. A portion of those projects are brought to the Museum for...
2 mins read by Jack Shuld

June 15th, 2015

Intern Reflection: Jack Schuld

Hello! My name is Jack Schuld and I am a history major and anthropology minor at ISU. History has been a subject of great interest to me since my childhood. That being said, my decision to study history in college came naturally. Even though I knew I wanted to study history, deciding what to do w...
4 mins read by Jack Schuld

April 7th, 2015

Volunteers: Helping the Museum make history every day

It's easy to see how important preserving our community's collective memory is when you watch our dedicated volunteers at work. Over 200+ volunteers contributed 15,668 hours of their time and talents last year. What a staggering statistic! Our volunteers go above and beyond and we simpl...
4 mins read by Tod Eagleton

December 12th, 2014

Volunteer Reflection: Drew Brandau

I started volunteering for the McLean County Museum of History in September and have loved every moment of it. My name is Drew Brandau and volunteering at the Museum has been an amazing experience. I'm a junior majoring in history and anthropology at Illinois State University, and I wanted ...
3 mins read by Drew Brandau

December 11th, 2014

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 ...
5 mins read by Guest Blogger

August 11th, 2014

A Date with the Museum, by intern Joe Ruskey

I lived in Bloomington-Normal as a college student for three years before I ever visited the McLean County Museum of History. Coming from a big city, and having studied abroad in Europe, the thought never crossed my mind to explore the cultural attractions of my college's locale. Bloomington...
4 mins read by Joe Ruskey

August 8th, 2014

What’s in a Name? Intern reflection by Ashley White

I have spent all of my life in Bloomington so I have memories of school field trips to the museum. I also have fond memories of going to the Evergreen Cemetery Walk, which has become a tradition that my parents and I go to every year. I am currently a senior at Illinois State University, and am s...
5 mins read by Ashley White

July 31st, 2014

Intern Reflections: Tarra Craig

I cannot believe that it has been eight weeks! Eight weeks since I began my regular visits to the beautiful old courthouse as an intern at the Museum of History, and now it's coming to an end. It is such a hard reality that A) my summer is almost over and classes will soon be needing my atte...
3 mins read by Tarra Craig

July 30th, 2014

Using Technology to Experience History

Arguably, one of the greatest things about the 21st century is the progress we've made with technology. Most Americans over the age of twelve walk around carrying tiny, keyboard-less supercomputers in their pockets, and some may even carry more than one! We can store thousands of songs on de...
6 mins read by Callie VanAntwerp

July 11th, 2014

Important Lessons Learned in a Unique Setting

While conducting a survey in the summer haze of the WGLT concert in downtown Bloomington, I had a conversation with two excited women who had just taken a break from dancing in the street. I asked them, “What would make you visit the McLean County Museum of History again?" They exclaimed, “F...
2 mins read by Guest Blogger

July 3rd, 2014

Recollections of a History Careers Day Camper and Leader

Every year, I come to the McLean County Museum of History for History Careers Day Camp. I started out as a camper and have worked my way up to being a Junior Leader. The experiences with the kids and staff will forever be cherished memories. My first year, starting as a camper, I was quite nervou...
3 mins read by Guest Blogger

June 27th, 2014

Intern Reflections: Jessie Sterling

Hey there! I'm Jessie Sterling and I have been interning at the McLean County Museum of History this summer. I grew up right here in Bloomington-Normal and I can remember coming to the Museum for many field trips as well as going on the Evergreen Cemetery Walk a few times. As a child, I neve...
3 mins read by Jessie Sterling

June 5th, 2014

A Short Introduction

Hi! My name is Callie VanAntwerp -- yes, the same last name as Deb VanAntwerp, the McLean County Museum of History's Director of Volunteers and Interns, although I usually just call her “Mom." I'm seventeen years old and gearing up to start my senior year at Normal Community High ...
3 mins read by Callie VanAntwerp