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12 Months of Covid-19: A Remembrance

Friday, March 12
Starts at 5:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

12 Months of Covid-19: A Remembrance

One year ago, on Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., as it became clear that it was only a matter of time before the pandemic arrived in our community, the Museum closed to the public. The first COVID­19 case in the county was announced by the McLean County Health Department on March 19, and the first death in the county was reported on March 22. Since then, at least 175 McLean County residents have lost their lives to the virus, and over 14,600 have had the virus. This has been a challenging time for many, most of all for those who have lost relatives and close friends to the virus, and those who continue to suffer long-­term health consequences. Museum staff and board send their condolences to those who have lost someone to COVID­19, and acknowledge the shared trauma our communities have faced in the last 12 months.

To mark the anniversary of the arrival of the pandemic in McLean County, the Museum is partnering with Not In Our Town, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, and local leaders and artists to present a brief ceremony on Friday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. Join us virtually through our Facebook page to honor the memory of McLean County residents who have lost their lives, and reflect on the impact the pandemic has had on our community over the past year.

Program Schedules is as follows:

Introduction by Museum

Poem reading by Kathleen Kirk

Mollie Ward with the Interfaith Alliance and Carle BroMenn Medical Center

Kendall Miles singing “God Bless America”

Marianne Manko with the McLean County Health Department

Acknowledgement of the McLean County residents lost to COVID-19 with moment of silence

BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities performance to “I Am Light” by India.Arie


We will also be collecting nonperishable food items at the event for the Immigration Project to help families in need in McLean County. Food items needed include rice, dry or canned beans, oil, and juice boxes.

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