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Monday, September 2

Museum Closed for Labor Day

Starts at 9:00 AM

The Museum and Visitors Center will be closed to the public on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day. The Museum and Visitors Center will resume operations on Tuesday, September 3 at 9:00 a.m. We thank you all for your consideration and we are sorry for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, September 3

Evergreen Cemetery Walk: Tickets on Sale Today

Starts at 9:00 AM

Tickets for the 25th Evergreen Cemetery Walk, October 5-6 & 12-13, go on sale.  Tickets cost $17.00 for non-members, $15.00 for Museum members, and $5.00 for students with ID and children. Buy them at least 24 hours in advance and save $2.00 each on each adult ticket! (There is no discount on student tickets.) Tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, or will be available online through the Museum’s website BY CLICKING THIS LINK. For more information, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at 309-827-0428 or education@mchistory.org. 

Wednesday, September 4

A History of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk Cemetery Walk

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

Join Director of Education Candace Summers for a program on the Museum’s longest running and most successful outreach program, the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. This program will explore the roots of this event and how it began as a call to action because vandalism was a major problem at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Audience members will also be introduced to the individuals who will be featured during the 25th Anniversary Evergreen Cemetery Walk this year and view a clip from the 2018 Walk. The program will be held in the Cafe at Normal Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 6

September First Friday: Ask an Artist

Starts at 5:00 PM

Join us on the Museum lawn for printmaking with Lisa Lofgren of Together Press, inspired by architectural elements of the Downtown State Farm building. Come enjoy a fun-loving, family-friendly, commemorative making experience.

For more information about F1RST FR1DAYs, follow: https://www.facebook.com/downtownbloomingtonassociation/

Saturday, September 7

John Wesley Powell: From Bloomington-Normal to the Grand Canyon and Beyond!

Starts at 1:15 PM

This year is the 150th anniversary of the explorer John Wesley Powell’s harrowing three-month expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon. On Saturday, September 7 at 1:15 p.m., Museum Librarian Bill Kemp will retrace that journey, looking back on Powell’s larger-than-life exploits. Kemp’s program will also touch upon Powell’s many and deep local connections—including those with Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State universities.

Though a somewhat forgotten figure in Illinois history, Powell is revered in the western United States–both as an explorer and as a prophetic voice urging the cautious development of the regions arid lands. In the east, his reputation rests with his leadership in helping to establish the modern federal science bureaucracy. From 1879 until his death, Powell headed the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of Ethnology. Under his leadership that office organized the nation’s first systematic research into the lifeways of indigenous peoples. The Bureau’s annual reports and monographs were an indispensable record during a period of great cultural and linguistic extinction.

For more information about this free, public program, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

Tuesday, September 10

Picture This! Unseen Photos from the Pantagraph Collection

Starts at 7:15 PM

Join us Tuesday, September 10 at 7:15 p.m. in the historic Gov. Fifer Courtroom as we launch this exciting new collection, soon available to view online.

Making these 30,000 historically invaluable photos available to the general public dovetails perfectly with the Museum’s mission to make its collections readily accessible to the general public,” says Museum Librarian Bill Kemp. “Many of these photos are sure to blow folks away–not only for the stories they tell, but because they are jaw-droppingly beautiful.”

Museum volunteer, Rochelle Gridley will be on hand to give a tutorial on how to access the images on the Illinois Digital Archives website.

Wednesday, September 18

Sojourner Truth Celebration at Second Pres

Starts at 7:00 PM
404 North Prairie Street, Bloomington, IL

Sojourner Truth is returning to Second Presbyterian Church on the 140th anniversary of her appearance there on September 18, 1879. The former slave evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author, delivered a public lecture at the church on that date.

To celebrate, Reenactor Patricia James Davis of Springfield, Illinois, will reminisce about Sojourner’s life and why she dedicated herself to correcting injustices. The celebration of her visit will feature the combined choirs of Second Presbyterian Church and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

This free, public program will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Museum at 309-827-0428 or visit the website at www.mchistory.org.