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Challenges Choices Change

About the Exhibit

This exciting new 5,000-square-foot exhibit in four galleries explores the experience of living, working, farming, and creating community in McLean County. A fifth gallery also focuses on McLean County’s key role in Abraham Lincoln’s decision to run for President of the United States. These exhibits are brought to life through hands-on and digital interactives, the objects local residents used in day-to-day life, beautiful imagery, and the true-life stories of the diverse people who lived here and made McLean County a thriving community.

Making a Home

Making a Home Gallery

Who are the people who have made McLean County their home? Where did they come from and how did they get here? What did they experience after they arrived? These questions and more are answered in this new exhibit.

From the arrival of native people to the immigration of Asian Indians and Latinos in the late 20th century, the exhibit explores the experiences of individuals and families who came from all over the world to make McLean County their home.

Farming in the Great Corn Belt

Farming in the Great Corn Belt

From the first settlers in the 1820s to the modern farmer of the late 20th century, this new permanent exhibit tells the story of McLean County farmers — the tools and techniques they used, the crops and livestock they raised, and the difficult choices they made in order to be productive and profitable producers.

Working for a Living

Working for a Living

From the arrival of the first settlers in the 1820s to the fast paced technology driven 1990s, see how jobs have transformed and the challenges and choices workers faced changed as a new technologies developed.

Join us as we explore the experience of people at work.

A Community in Conflict

This new permanent exhibit asks the question "Who had the power?" --the power to define morality, to gain respect, to instill fear, and more.