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Museum announces 2017 History Maker Honorees

Graphic showing the 2017 honorees: Craig Hart, Jeanne Morris, Charles Morris, Judy Stone and Jesse Smart

The McLean County Museum of History announced today five recipients of the 2017 History Makers award to be presented during the Museum’s sixth annual History Makers Gala on Thursday, June 15 at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center.

Each year, the History Makers Gala recognizes senior citizens whose outstanding, lifelong contributions of time and talents have helped to make McLean County a better place to live. The Gala dinner will feature live entertainment that celebrates the honorees and their service to the community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Beth Whisman, Museum Executive Director, revealed this year’s class of McLean County History Makers:

  • Craig Hart, business leader, preservationist, and volunteer who co-founded Heritage Enterprises in 1962 and worked to restore and preserve historic Downtown Bloomington
  • Charles and Jeanne Morris, educators, civil rights activists, and volunteers whose involvement with numerous organizations have improved life for minorities and children in the community
  • Judy Stone, whose work as a volunteer and activist included the foundation of the local branches of Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity
  • Jesse Smart, who served three terms as mayor of Bloomington and has participated in numerous volunteer organizations

Tickets for the 2017 History Makers Gala will go on sale May 1, 2017. Reservations can be made at the Museum in downtown Bloomington, by calling (309) 827-0428 or online at www.mchistory.org. Tickets are $60 for the general public and $50 for Museum members. Proceeds support the Museum’s educational programs.

Lauren Lacy

Lauren Lacy

Director of Development at the McLean County Museum of History