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Wednesday, June 16

Juneteenth Celebration - Reconstruction - "1865 - 1877"

Starts at 6:00 PM

This year, the BNBHP in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will present an entire week of programming beginning on Monday, June 14. In conjunction with the traditional annual celebration on June 19, which features performances by area youth, the program series will explore the theme “Juneteenth, justice delayed”, an opportunity to examine, and engage in meaningful public discussion on where we are today and asks the question, “where do we go from here?

Wednesday   6:00 p.m.   Reconstruction - “1865 - 1877”   with Gary Moore

Juneteenth Week June 14-19 For a complete schedule of events visit www.bnbhp.com

To learn how you can volunteer or participate in sponsorship, contact BNBlackHistoryProject@gmail.com

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, oral histories, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project became affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project’s collections.

Wednesday, June 16

History Makers Gala

Starts at 6:30 PM

We hope you will join us this year on June 16th in celebration of our 2021 History Makers that include Carole & Jerry Ringer, Barbara Stuart, and Marilyn & Bob Sutherland. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, this year’s event will feature virtual presentations to our honorees Under the Dome at the Museum. We will livestream the event to those who register at no cost.

The evening will also include our tradition of having a short performance by Illinois Voices Theatre to recognize our honorees and their contributions to our community. We are accepting donations and sponsorships for the evening via the event registration page. Members who register will receive information prior to the event regarding a new slate of board officers and members that will be voted upon during the evening of the Gala.

To register to view this event, follow this link tinyurl.com/historymakersgala21.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum this summer and coming together in person for our traditional Gala celebration next year. Meanwhile, help our local restaurants and consider ordering your favorite takeout the evening of the Gala this year.

Thursday, June 17

Juneteenth Celebration - Jim Crow - Demanding "Freedom"

Starts at 6:00 PM

This year, the BNBHP in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will present an entire week of programming beginning on Monday, June 14. In conjunction with the traditional annual celebration on June 19, which features performances by area youth, the program series will explore the theme “Juneteenth, justice delayed”, an opportunity to examine, and engage in meaningful public discussion on where we are today and asks the question, “where do we go from here?

Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Jim Crow - Demanding “Freedom”  with Sundiata Cha- Jua 

Juneteenth Week June 14-19 For a complete schedule of events visit www.bnbhp.com

To learn how you can volunteer or participate in sponsorship, contact BNBlackHistoryProject@gmail.com

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, oral histories, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project became affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project’s collections.

Friday, June 18

Juneteenth Celebration - Voter Suppression

Starts at 6:00 PM

This year, the BNBHP in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will present an entire week of programming beginning on Monday, June 14. In conjunction with the traditional annual celebration on June 19, which features performances by area youth, the program series will explore the theme “Juneteenth, justice delayed”, an opportunity to examine, and engage in meaningful public discussion on where we are today and asks the question, “where do we go from here?

Friday at 6:00 p.m. Voter Suppression with Kane Cruthers

Juneteenth Week June 14-19 For a complete schedule of events visit www.bnbhp.com

To learn how you can volunteer or participate in sponsorship, contact BNBlackHistoryProject@gmail.com

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, oral histories, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project became affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project’s collections.

Saturday, June 19

Juneteenth Celebration - Justice Delayed June 14-19

Starts at 1:00 PM

This year, the BNBHP in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will present an entire week of programming beginning on Monday, June 14. In conjunction with the traditional annual celebration on June 19, which features performances by area youth, the program series will explore the theme “Juneteenth, justice delayed,” an opportunity to examine, and engage in meaningful public discussion on where we are today and asks the question, “where do we go from here?”

Saturday 

All Day Read “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper (Picture Window Books, 2016) as you walk around the Museum Square in the latest StoryWalk® installation from the Bloomington Public Library! Enjoy it as part of a visit to the Farmers’ Market between 7:30-12:00, or later in the day on Saturday or Sunday. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 14 countries, including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Korea! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Bloomington Public Library, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project are pleased to offer this cooperative program.

10:30 & 11:00 a.m. Willie Holton Halbert will portray a variety of Living Statues, as follows: Caribell Washington, Robert Gaston, Lucinda Posey, and Merlin Kennedy. These performances will take place on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street during the weekly Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market.

10:45 a.m. BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities’ Step Inn Performance Team will do their Juneteenth street performance on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street. This dance is a story of history, fight for rights, and the hope of glory soon to come. This dance was choreographed to stand up for our community. The songs they will be performing to are about having faith that one day we will have no judgement for our skin.

1:00 p.m.  Where do we go from here? -  A virtual panel discussion

2:30 p.m.  A Virtual Celebration

For a complete schedule of events visit www.bnbhp.com

To learn how you can volunteer or participate in sponsorship, contact BNBlackHistoryProject@gmail.com

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, oral histories, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project became affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project’s collections.

Tuesday, June 22

Did Black Lives Matter in Early Illinois? Voices from the Brink of Slavery and Freedom.

Starts at 6:30 PM

The Museum is pleased to host Dr. Caroline Kisiel, Associate Professor at DePaul University in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, who will offer a performance-presentation exploring slavery’s roots in Illinois and the people who fought the forces to keep Illinois a free state. This free, virtual presentation, sponsored by Illinois Humanities, will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m.

In 1818, Illinois entered the United States with a Constitution declaring itself a free state. But slavery’s roots went back centuries in the region, and its hold on the young state was strong. In the first years of statehood, the Illinois legislature had a number of pro-slavery advocates who made a bold attempt to change the Constitution to allow slavery. They had already succeeded in building in limited slavery clauses into the 1818 Constitution which were to sunset in 1825, and they now wished to expand this foothold. Other voices vehemently fought against them, ultimately prevailing to preserve the free state.

Who were these voices advocating for a permanent constitutional change to allow slavery? And who stood up against them, preserving the free state of Illinois we know? And ultimately, in what ways did these opposing voices support Black lives, or not? This performance-presentation offers a dramatic reading/adaptation of the voices of three key proslavery figures (Territorial Governor, Ninian Edwards; secretary of the Illinois Territory, Joseph P. Phillips; and proslavery delegate, Adolphus Frederick Hubbard) and three antislavery figures (Governor Edward Coles; anti-convention legislator, Nicholas Hansen; English emigrant and Illinois Secretary of State, Morris Birkbeck) from this period.

Dr. Caroline Kisiel is a public historian and educator who has been teaching for over 25 years. With a background in immigration law, literature, history, storytelling, and performance, she writes and presents on early Illinois history and is currently conducting research on the role of Albion, Illinois in the struggle to keep Illinois slavery-free in the early years of statehood. Her presentations showcase researched information, historical documents, dramatic readings, and facilitated audience engagement activities around critical questions of the value of history and activism through themes of early Illinois struggles to keep slavery at bay in the state and key early Illinois figures in this period.

To register for this free, zoom webinar, go to https://bit.ly/3sddr0I. Questions or for more information, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.

Saturday, June 26

Knit In at the David Davis Mansion

Starts at 10:00 AM
1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, Illinois 61701

All Knitters and Crocheters are invited to participate in a socially distant, outdoor Knit In on the beautiful grounds of the David Davis Mansion on Saturday, June 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please click this link to fill out the google form to sign up to participate: https://bit.ly/KnitInJune. This quarter’s feature charity item to be made are Pet Blankets, which will be donated to local animal shelters. Participants can bring completed blankets to the event if they cannot attend, completed items can be dropped off at the Museum after May 1.

The Museum follows all health and safety guidelines according to the Restore Illinois Phased Plan for Reopening and Illinois State Mandates.Participants will be required to answer health screening questions upon their arrival.

Social distancing of at least six feet will be required and face masks must be worn at all times unless you are seated in your chair and maintaining social distance.

Capacity for this event is limited to 50 people. Participants must bring their own lawn chair and can bring a beverage. No food or beverages will be provided.Public restrooms will be available.

**PLEASE NOTE** If Covid 19 cases continue to rise, guidelines become more restrictive, or our zone is forced to go back to an earlier Phase of the Restore Illinois Plan, this event will be canceled.

For questions or more information, please contact the Education Department at the Museum at education@mchistory.org.