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High School ‘Museum’ Bellflower, September 1950

Bellflower High School Museum, 1950.

Bellflower Township High School in the southeastern corner of McLean County once boasted a fine collection of local history and natural history objects. This “museum” consisted of a set of display cases and wall exhibits featuring hundreds of items, including Native American relics, an American bison skull, pioneer-era homespun cloth, and even firearms. In the first photograph, senior John Mears (left) and junior Delbert Dotson examine a collection of rifles. The second photo shows juniors Freda Zimmerman (presumably left) and Fern Hock looking at a collection of stuffed birds.

In 1985, Bellflower consolidated with the communities of Farmer City (Dewitt County) and Mansfield (Piatt County) to create the Blue Ridge High School District. The final disposition or whereabouts of items from the old Bellflower High museum remains a mystery.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

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

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