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A brief history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and why we need to record what's happening.
About 50 members of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club led a funeral procession for L. Wayne Martin.
The Animal House opened 100 years ago in early March 1914.
1947 district baseball champions capture a sectional berth in state playoffs.
How long exactly have people been screaming for ice cream? No one really knows for sure; but, I do know that nothing beats the taste of homemade ice cream!
Memorial Day 1947, less than two years after the end of World War II.
Remember Hall's Tog Shop? Did anyone you know have an account at Normal State Bank, or buy a house from realtor Hal Riss?
This painting was created by Nina Kickbusch Griffin for the 1937 All-Illinois Society of Fine Arts exhibition at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Society would later present the award-winning painting to The Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School (ISSCS) where it would be displayed for several years before making its way to The Museum.
On February 15, 1972, the Minority Voters Coalition of Bloomington-Normal elected officers during a meeting at the Sunnyside Neighborhood Center (now known as the Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center) on the far west side of Bloomington. The goal of the group was to both register and educate minority voters.
On August 18, 1963, 19-year-old David C. Roberts of rural McLean County accidentally plowed his car into—and through—Adolph's Discount Store, located in the “Brandtville" corner of Illinois 150 and the U.S. 66 “Beltway" (now Veterans Parkway).
The Hamlet of Danvers once hosted a sanatorium for those struggling with addiction to alcohol.
Seen here is ISU pitcher “Buzz" Capra holding the NCAA championship plaque and giving the “victory" sign. Lee William "Buzz" Capra went on to enjoy a solid Major League Baseball career, pitching for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves from 1971 to 1977.
On Sunday, April 9, 1937, The Pantagraph ran a photo spread on LeRoy ladies getting ready for Easter church services and family get-togethers.
McLean County State's Attorney Bernard E. Wall (right) and Deputy Sheriff James Christenson examine “herbs" seized in a November 20, 1937 raid on 324 South East Street in Bloomington.
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!
On May 1, 1939, neighbors gathered at Grover Proctor's farm to take care of the spring plowing. Proctor, suffering from complications from pneumonia, was unable to get outside and do the necessary plowing on his farm.
The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937. Millard would go on to win the Central Illinois title and compete at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.
Seen here is an early Great Depression view of the McLean County Courthouse, looking northeast from the corner of Center and Washington streets.