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Thursday, November 14

Lunch and Learn: A Passion for Detail- The Architectural Legacy of A.L. Pillsbury with Museum Curator Susan Hartzold

Starts at 12:10 PM



Susan Hartzold, Curator of Collections and Exhibits, will discuss the work of Bloomington Architect Arthur Pillsbury, who designed over 800 homes, business, and schools that were constructed in Illinois. This included 260 homes in Bloomington-Normal alone. As part of the program, Hartzold will examine the broad range of architectural styles represented in Pillsbury’s work.

Bring your lunch and and enjoy the free Lunch and Learn series on the second Thursday each month, September through May. This program is a collaboration between the Museum and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Thursday, November 14

Lucy's Girls: Lucy Orme Morgan and the Girl's Industrial Home

Starts at 7:00 PM
206 West College Ave., Normal, IL 61761

Join the Museum’s Director of Education Candace Summers for a program on the Lucy Orme Morgan Home for girls. Lucy Orme Morgan was a woman who was passionate about social welfare and was active in numerous philanthropic activities throughout her lifetime. However, her passion (and what would become the most distinguishable effort in her life) was the Girl’s Industrial Home. Founded in 1889, the Girl’s Industrial Home was a place for dependent children who were neglected or had no one to care for them. It was an institution where girls would be taught useful things to prepare them for a life of independence when they were of age. To Lucy, it was her “hobby” to make it “a home and keep it as far as possible from being an institution.” For more than 30 years, the Home flourished under her watchful eye. And because of her service to that institution, the board of the Home honored that service by renaming it as “The Lucy Orme Morgan Home” in 1929. The program will be held in the Cafe at Normal Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 16

A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

Starts at 1:15 PM

The Museum is pleased to welcome back Dr. Andrew Hartman, professor of history at Illinois State University, who will present a program about America’s struggle over the unprecedented social changes since the 1960s, as the cluster of social norms that had long governed American life began to give way to a new openness to different ideas, identities, and articulations of what it meant to be an American. This free, public program will be on Saturday, November 16 at 1:15 p.m. in the Museum’s second floor courtroom.

“Make America Great Again.” Donald Trump’s now famous campaign slogan evokes the fervent belief among many Americans that the nation is no longer theirs. The slogan has had contemporary appeal, to be sure. But it also speaks to a narrative of decline that has defined conservative attitudes since the 1960s. At bottom, it is a call to revive and restore the orderly, disciplined, and authority-respecting America that seemingly held fast before the 1960s. Related, this was the America before the sixties social movements endowed people of color, women, gays and lesbians, immigrants from strange lands, and other seeming outsiders and fringe characters with the privilege to call themselves Americans. In this way, Trump’s slogan marks but the latest volley in the culture wars that have polarized the United States for decades. This lecture will explore the grand historical arc of these culture wars with an eye for how it helps us make sense of Donald Trump and a polarized American political culture.

Hartman is the author of Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School (2012), A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars (second edition 2019), and co-editor of American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times. He is currently at work on his third book, Karl Marx in America. Hartman is the winner of two Fulbright Awards. He was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year, and he is currently the Fulbright British Library Eccles Center Research Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. Hartman co-hosts the intellectual history podcast, Trotsky and the Wild Orchids.

Copies of A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars (second edition 2019), will be for sale and a book signing will immediately follow the program. For more information, contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

Monday, November 18

IAM Progressive Event

Starts at 9:39 AM

Conference goers will be visiting various museum sites.

Saturday, November 23

Knit in at Green Top Grocery

Starts at 10:00 AM
921 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

This quarter’s featured knitting/crocheting charities are the Foster Care to Success and The Giving Fence. We will be making red scarves for care packages that will be sent to college students who are in the foster care system, and hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves that will be donated to the Giving Fence (located on West Washington Street in Bloomington) for people in need this winter. Registration is required for this free program as space is limited. Contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428 or via email at education@mchistory.org to register to participate. Beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring a snack. Knitters and crocheters are welcome to create an item for the featured charities or to work on their own project. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Green Top’s kitchen classroom.