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Saturday, December 5

Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk through January 1 Cemetery Walk

Starts at 9:00 AM

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk! The video production of the Virtual Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Teachable will allow the Museum to present this year’s production in a way that is accessible to both the general public and the many student groups who annually participate. Ticket holders will have the option to view the Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from now until January 1.

In addition to each performance, Teachable will allow us to add additional content and videos to enhance the Cemetery Walk experience like never before. Examples of additional content may include a mini guided tour of the tree carvings throughout Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and supplemental information and images about events and activities that this year’s feature characters participated in. This virtual experience will allow us to share even more information about the history of our community, of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and this year’s feature characters.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link to Teachable, the online platform being utilized for this video production. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and $20 per household for members of the Museum (members please use code CEMWALKMEM2020 upon check out).

For more information about this year’s event and to see who this year’s feature characters are, please visit click here. Questions? Please email education@mchistory.org.

We hope you can join us for our re-imagined event from where ever you may be!

Saturday, December 5

Santa on the Square Photo Op

Starts at 11:02 PM

Make new memories this historic season with Santa on the Square!

Brought to you by the City of Bloomington and the McLean County Museum of History, with additional support from CEFCU and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Inspired by the iconic Livingston Santas of historic Downtown Bloomington, you can take safe, festive photos all December long! Find Santa and the Downtown Holiday Tree on Main Street outside the McLean County Museum of History.Share your photos with us by tagging them #SantaontheSquare

From the 1940s to the mid-1970s, Livingston’s department store hoisted two giant Santas onto its overhang for the holiday season. Each stood about 13 ft tall and were made of early plastic or fiberglass material.

Tuesday, December 8

Zoom Webinar: McLean County Holiday Stories

Starts at 6:30 PM

Please join the Museum for a fun and exciting virtual program of holiday stories that is sure to bring back fond memories of holidays of yesterday. On Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m., Bill Kemp, the Museum’s Librarian, will share stories (and images) about how local residents celebrated the holidays from the pioneer era into the mid-20th century. Participants will learn the important role the German community played in popularizing many Christmas traditions, and travel back to a time when downtown Bloomington was a retail wonderland!

To register for this free Zoom webinar, please follow this link http://bit.ly/MCMHHoliday. Questions or more information, please email education@mchistory.org. We hope you will join us to get in the holiday spirit from no matter where you are!

Thursday, December 10

Zoom Lunch and Learn- Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Where Do Birds Nest in Bloomington-Normal Lunch & Learn

Starts at 12:10 PM

Join the Museum and Illinois Wesleyan University for the fourth Zoom Lunch and Learn of this season. Given Harper, Professor of Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University, will share some of the findings from a two-year breeding survey that he, along with two IWU students, conducted in Bloomington/Normal. Dr. Harper will also discuss ways to make bird-friendly breeding habitat in the Twin Cities. Breeding habitats are vital considering that a recent scientific study has shown that bird populations in North America have declined by almost 3 billion birds since 1970. Studies have shown that urban areas have become increasingly important in providing breeding habitat for birds.

To register for this Zoom webinar, please visit http://bit.ly/MCMHDecLunch. Questions? Please contact the Marketing Department at marketing@mchistory.org. Grab your lunch and join us from where ever you may be! You won’t want to miss this fascinating program.

Saturday, December 12

Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk through January 1 Cemetery Walk

Starts at 9:00 AM

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk! The video production of the Virtual Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Teachable will allow the Museum to present this year’s production in a way that is accessible to both the general public and the many student groups who annually participate. Ticket holders will have the option to view the Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from now until January 1.

In addition to each performance, Teachable will allow us to add additional content and videos to enhance the Cemetery Walk experience like never before. Examples of additional content may include a mini guided tour of the tree carvings throughout Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and supplemental information and images about events and activities that this year’s feature characters participated in. This virtual experience will allow us to share even more information about the history of our community, of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and this year’s feature characters.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link to Teachable, the online platform being utilized for this video production. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and $20 per household for members of the Museum (members please use code CEMWALKMEM2020 upon check out).

For more information about this year’s event and to see who this year’s feature characters are, please visit click here. Questions? Please email education@mchistory.org.

We hope you can join us for our re-imagined event from where ever you may be!

Saturday, December 12

Santa on the Square Photo Op

Starts at 11:03 PM

Make new memories this historic season with Santa on the Square!

Brought to you by the City of Bloomington and the McLean County Museum of History, with additional support from CEFCU and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Inspired by the iconic Livingston Santas of historic Downtown Bloomington, you can take safe, festive photos all December long! Find Santa and the Downtown Holiday Tree on Main Street outside the McLean County Museum of History.Share your photos with us by tagging them #SantaontheSquare

From the 1940s to the mid-1970s, Livingston’s department store hoisted two giant Santas onto its overhang for the holiday season. Each stood about 13 ft tall and were made of early plastic or fiberglass material.

Saturday, December 19

Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk through January 1 Cemetery Walk

Starts at 9:00 AM

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk! The video production of the Virtual Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Teachable will allow the Museum to present this year’s production in a way that is accessible to both the general public and the many student groups who annually participate. Ticket holders will have the option to view the Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from now until January 1.

In addition to each performance, Teachable will allow us to add additional content and videos to enhance the Cemetery Walk experience like never before. Examples of additional content may include a mini guided tour of the tree carvings throughout Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and supplemental information and images about events and activities that this year’s feature characters participated in. This virtual experience will allow us to share even more information about the history of our community, of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and this year’s feature characters.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link to Teachable, the online platform being utilized for this video production. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and $20 per household for members of the Museum (members please use code CEMWALKMEM2020 upon check out).

For more information about this year’s event and to see who this year’s feature characters are, please visit click here. Questions? Please email education@mchistory.org.

We hope you can join us for our re-imagined event from where ever you may be!

Saturday, December 19

Santa on the Square Photo Op

Starts at 11:04 PM

Make new memories this historic season with Santa on the Square!

Brought to you by the City of Bloomington and the McLean County Museum of History, with additional support from CEFCU and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Inspired by the iconic Livingston Santas of historic Downtown Bloomington, you can take safe, festive photos all December long! Find Santa and the Downtown Holiday Tree on Main Street outside the McLean County Museum of History.Share your photos with us by tagging them #SantaontheSquare

From the 1940s to the mid-1970s, Livingston’s department store hoisted two giant Santas onto its overhang for the holiday season. Each stood about 13 ft tall and were made of early plastic or fiberglass material.

Saturday, December 26

Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk through January 1 Cemetery Walk

Starts at 9:00 AM

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk! The video production of the Virtual Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Teachable will allow the Museum to present this year’s production in a way that is accessible to both the general public and the many student groups who annually participate. Ticket holders will have the option to view the Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from now until January 1.

In addition to each performance, Teachable will allow us to add additional content and videos to enhance the Cemetery Walk experience like never before. Examples of additional content may include a mini guided tour of the tree carvings throughout Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and supplemental information and images about events and activities that this year’s feature characters participated in. This virtual experience will allow us to share even more information about the history of our community, of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and this year’s feature characters.

Tickets can be purchased by following this link to Teachable, the online platform being utilized for this video production. Tickets are $25 per household for the general public and $20 per household for members of the Museum (members please use code CEMWALKMEM2020 upon check out).

For more information about this year’s event and to see who this year’s feature characters are, please visit click here. Questions? Please email education@mchistory.org.

We hope you can join us for our re-imagined event from where ever you may be!

Saturday, December 26

Santa on the Square Photo Op

Starts at 11:04 PM

Make new memories this historic season with Santa on the Square!

Brought to you by the City of Bloomington and the McLean County Museum of History, with additional support from CEFCU and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Inspired by the iconic Livingston Santas of historic Downtown Bloomington, you can take safe, festive photos all December long! Find Santa and the Downtown Holiday Tree on Main Street outside the McLean County Museum of History.Share your photos with us by tagging them #SantaontheSquare

From the 1940s to the mid-1970s, Livingston’s department store hoisted two giant Santas onto its overhang for the holiday season. Each stood about 13 ft tall and were made of early plastic or fiberglass material.