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Sunday, October 25

Día de los Muertos Community Ofrenda

Starts at 1:00 PM

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) originated in Mexico over 3,000 years ago and is increasingly celebrated throughout Latin America and the United States. Celebrations of the holiday vary from region to region, but one thing remains constant: Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life and a time to honor loved ones who have passed.In this spirit, the Museum, Western Avenue Community Center, and Conexiones Latinas de McLean County are excited to announce that our annual Día de los Muertos celebration will return for its third year on Saturday, October 24.

Plan to visit the Museum Square on October 24-25 to view an outdoor community ofrenda (altar), complete with photos of passed loved ones from local community members and a beautiful display by our community partners.

Wanting to honor a late loved one? Email a photo with their name and a brief description and/or memory to education@mchistory.org before October 10 to have their photo included in the ofrenda display. Everyone who submits a photo will be entered into a drawing for gift cards to some of our favorite local Mexican and Latinx establishments. By submitting a photo by email to education@mchistory.org, you grant the Museum permission to publish that photo for public display and for use on the Museum’s and its partners’ social media platforms.

Local talent Marcos Mendez will also grace remote audiences with a live-streamed concert at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24.

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El día de los Muertos se origino en México hace mas de 3,000 años y se celebra por todo America Latina y los Estados Unidos. La celebración de este día de fiesta varia de región a región, pero una cosa es consistente: El Dia de los Muertos es una celebración de vida para honrar a los seres queridos que ya fallecieron.

Nuestro socio el Centro Western Avenue estará montando una ofrenda para la comunidad en el cuadro del Museo. Necesitamos la contribución de la comunidad para completarla, así que nos encantaría honrar a sus seres queridos fallecidos, colocando su foto en la ofrenda. Mande una foto por correo electrónico a education@mchistory.org con el nombre y algo que recuerde de la persona, las fotos deben ser enviadas antes del 10 de octubre para poderlas incluir en la ofrenda. Toda persona que mande una foto entrara a una rifa para una tarjeta de alguno de los restaurantes locales mexicanos y latinx. Al enviar una foto por correo electrónico a education@mchistory.org, usted le estará dando permiso, al Museo y a sus socios de exhibirla al público y en las redes sociales, automáticamente.

Esperamos verlos afuera del Museo, en el cuadro el 24 y 25 de octubre para ver la ofrenda comunitaria.

Saturday, October 31

Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk through November 2

Starts at 9:00 AM

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk! The video production of the Virtual Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Teachable will allow the Museum to present this year’s production in a way that is accessible to both the general public and the many student groups who annually participate. Ticket holders will have the option to view the Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from now until November 2.

In addition to each performance, Teachable will allow us to add additional content and videos to enhance the Cemetery Walk experience like never before. Examples of additional content may include a mini guided tour of the tree carvings throughout Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and supplemental information and images about events and activities that this year’s feature characters participated in. This virtual experience will allow us to share even more information about the history of our community, of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and this year’s feature characters.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link to Teachable, the online platform being utilized for this video production. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and $20 per household for members of the Museum (members please use code CEMWALKMEM2020 upon check out).

For more information about this year’s event and to see who this year’s feature characters are, please visit click here. Questions? Please email education@mchistory.org.

We hope you can join us for our re-imagined event from where ever you may be!