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Friday, March 12
Starts at 5:00 PM
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 email@example.com.