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Archive of: 2014

History in the Making

A brief history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and why we need to record what's happening.

Photo of the Week, 71: Grim Reapers Pay Respects to Fallen Comrade

About 50 members of the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club led a funeral procession for L. Wayne Martin.

Photo of the Week, 70: A Real Animal House

The Animal House opened 100 years ago in early March 1914.

A Short Introduction

Callie VanAntwerp

Meet MCMH's new summer volunteer blogger.

Newsletter: Summer 2014

<p>read our latest newsletter!</p>

Photo of the Week, 69: Ready, Set, Go!

1947 district baseball champions capture a sectional berth in state playoffs.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Batemans Restaurant & Ice Cream Saloon, 1873, Bloomington Illinois

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!

Photo of the Week, 68: Memorial Day 1947

Bloomington Illinois 1947 Memorial Day parade heading south along the 200 and 300 blocks of South Main Street

Memorial Day 1947, less than two years after the end of World War II.

Photo of the Week, 67: Welcome to Normal, 1969

Welcome to Normal, Illinois.  Hall's Tog Shop, Normal State Bank, Realtor Hal Riss

Remember Hall's Tog Shop? Did anyone you know have an account at Normal State Bank, or buy a house from realtor Hal Riss?

Spring Is In The Air!

In the Garden painting by Nina Kickbusch Griffin

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.

Photo of the Week, 66: African-American Voters Organize, February 1972

McLean County Museum of History Minority Voters Coalition 1972

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.

Photo of the Week, 65: Adolph ‘Sez’ Slow Down!

McLean County Museum of History Adolf's

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).

McHistory: Going to Danvers to Take the Cure

The Hamlet of Danvers once hosted a sanatorium for those struggling with addiction to alcohol.

Photo of the Week, 64: Redbirds Crowned National Champs in 1969

McLean County Museum of History Replica 1969 champions Illinois State Baseball Cap

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.

Easter Parade, LeRoy Style, 1937

Easter LeRoy 1937 McLean County Museum of History

On Sunday, April 9, 1937, The Pantagraph ran a photo spread on LeRoy ladies getting ready for Easter church services and family get-togethers.

Photo of the Week, 63: ​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937

​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937.  McLean County Museum of History

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.

We're Special! -- The MCMH Library

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!

Photo of the Week, 62: Brother can you spare a . . . tractor

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.

Soap Box Derby Dreams

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937.

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.

Photo of the Week, 61: Courthouse Square 1930

Seen here is an early Great Depression view of the McLean County Courthouse, looking northeast from the corner of Center and Washington streets.

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