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Monday, February 18

Presidents' Day: The Vote

Starts at 12:00 PM

In addition to the annual mock election, a variety of aptly-named activities will seek to inspire visitors’ most civic-minded instincts. Ask yourself, what will be the “Voter Turnt-Out”? Who will win the “POP-ular Vote”? Do you think you can “Build a Better Ballot”? Are you ready to “Rock the Vote” with a new found friend? Do all this and more at Prez Day 2019! We are all waiting to hear those words, “And the Election Goes To…” We hope to see you there!

     The Museum is also excited to host the Connect Transit Community Bus for the second year in a row. Hop on board to meet-and-greet with Bloomington-Normal candidates vying for council seats in the upcoming April election—an election where every vote counts! All candidate participation is entirely voluntary. The McLean County Museum of History and Connect Transit in no way endorse any candidate(s).

     This family-friendly open house is free and open to the public. Sweet treats will be provided by Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery. For more information, follow us on Facebook!

Monday, February 18

Abraham Lincoln Letter Public Unveiling

Starts at 12:00 PM

The McLean County Museum of History recently acquired a historically invaluable letter written by Abraham Lincoln to Kersey Fell for its collections. 

The public unveiling will be at noon on February 18, to kick off Presidents’ Day: The Vote. The Museum will be open until 7 p.m. for viewing.

Thursday, February 21

The Soldier's Plot

Starts at 6:30 PM
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for a screening of The Soldiers’ Plot. This 90-minute documentary tells the story of the Civil War Soldiers’ burial plot in Clinton, Illinois. Using cinematic techniques and many rarely-seen images, the production weaves a gripping tale of the hardships, perils, and life-altering events endured by the DeWitt County soldiers who left home to fight in the war—experiences much like those of McLean County soldiers. The film reconstructs the history of the sacred ground the people of DeWitt County set apart for their beloved war dead. Stick around for a Q&A with film producer Tony Long and DeWitt County historian Joey Woolridge immediately following the film.