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Emerson School, Bloomington March 1976

Group of children hold hands in a circle at Emerson School, 1976

Built in the early 1900s, Emerson School was demolished in 1985. Designed by prominent Bloomington architect Arthur L. Pillsbury, it was located at 709 S. Clinton St., one block south of Oakland Avenue. The old school site was converted to green space and is known today as Emerson Park.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Bradley Durbin1/20/20 8:23pm

I went to emerson from 1969 to 1974. I have many fond memories of Bloomington, and I now have lived in Tucson Arizona most of my adult life. But Bloomington will always be my hometown and the rich heritage it has.

Donna2/21/20 6:48pm

I went to emerson school i wanted some. Old pictures. Of me

Stephanie Boyd3/05/20 6:13pm

I was wondering where this school’s records and yearbooks might be stored for public use? I went to Emerson school for one or two years.
Thanks for your time.

Mike Thomas8/03/20 9:58pm

I went to Emerson school for kindergarten in 1950-51. Would love to see a picture of my kindergarten class. Who was principal in 1950

John Foret10/25/21 11:59pm

I went to Emerson School 4th through 6th Grade 1960 – 1963. I am 70 years old but still remember my teachers, Mrs. Lehrman, Mrs. Whitman and Miss Riley. I still remember the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders watching John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration in the auditorium/gym. Mr. Thompson was the principal. He took the sixth grade class on a tour of the school attic where many antique school items were stored. I was assigned as one of the catchers for the sliding board fire escapes. I loved Bloomington, but we moved to MO and then to CA. Do you have any records of the teachers mentioned or pictures of those classes?

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