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Monday, January 20

Museum Offers Free Admission on MLK Holiday

Starts at 9:00 AM

On Monday, January 21, the McLean County Museum of History will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, providing free admission to all visitors from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. As part of the Museum’s vision to be an essential element in the cultural and educational fabric of the region, the Museum offers free admission every Tuesday. The MLK Holiday free admission is an extension of that effort.

The Museum programs and exhibits tell the rich stories of past generations as well as new and growing communities, providing opportunities for public reflection on our heritage of hopes, triumphs and failures. This year offers an opportunity to experience the exhibit, A Community in Conflict, which explores additional stories of progress, including a focus on civil rights and social justice.

Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Community Relations explains, “all students and children twelve and under already enjoy free admission to the Museum anytime. The free admission days remove barriers for adults with families in mind. With the school holiday we want to also encourage parents to come out with their kids and reflect.”

For more information on this event or other educational programming such as the new exhibit’s companion programming, “A Community in Conversation, call 1-309-827-0428 or visit our website calendar at and check us out on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 28

A Community in Conversation: Who Has the Power to Choose Their Work?

Starts at 6:45 PM

In an age of underemployment and ever-increasing wage disparity, we invite you to join representatives of Laborers Local 362, Illinois Partners for Human Services and others, as we engage in meaningful discussion. The first in a series of programs will take place in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:45 p.m.  Inspired by the exhibit, Challenges Choices & Change: A Community in Conflict, this program series (January through April) will provide a brief introduction to local stories featured in the exhibit and expand into facilitated small group discussions on the chosen themes.  All ages are encouraged to participate in any or all of the planned discussions. The series is being held in collaboration with Heartland Community College, Not it Our Town, (NIOT) and the YWCA.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Click HERE to register.