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To highlight industry and industriousness in McLean County—both past and present—the Museum, in partnership with the Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly (AFL-CIO), and Livingston & McLean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO), is inviting local businesses, unions, trades people, skilled workers, and artisans to showcase their skills and the services they provide to our community as part of an interactive Trades & Labor Fest 2022 on Saturday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting). This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Trades & Labor Fest 2022 will take place on the Museum Square in Downtown Bloomington (200 block of North Center Street, the 100 block of West Jefferson Street, and 200 block of North Main Street). Participating businesses/trades will offer thematic activities for attendees to observe and try for themselves. Visit the Museum’s booth to pick up a map complete with information about participating businesses/trades. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to go inside the Museum to explore the Museum’s permanent exhibit Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living, to learn more about McLean County’s local labor history.
Festival activities will include the following: more details to follow.Bl
Bloomington Public Library will have a history of the Bookmobile in pictures, Library Expansion plans, kids’ Bookmobile crafts (Bookmobile origami & coloring page), prizes, and other giveaways too!
City of Bloomington Economic and Community Development Department will have information about the Farmers’ Market and children’s activities.
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 99 will have information about area standard wages and benefits of being part of the Local 99 .
Dreams are Possible will have information about classes and have tools (both modern and historic) for people to try out!
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Local Lodge 1000) IAM District 8 will have information and a City of Bloomington Water Department backhoe and cutout fire hydrant.
First Student will be bringing one of their school buses, have information about employment opportunities, learn what it is like to be a bus driver, and giveaways and treats.
Carpenters Local 237 will be building kids’ wooden tool boxes.
Bloomington-Normal JATC will have information about Electrical Apprenticeships and work in the electrical industry with a small pipe bending activity.
Illinois Laborers’ & Contractors JATP will have GPS & surveying, Virtual Reality goggles, and laborers work simulation.
Evergreen FS will have a DEF Truck, pool of corn for kids, prizes and information about careers & benefits in agriculture.
Together Press of cometogetherspace featuring Lisa Lofgren print maker will feature a block printing family activity and the history of Pantagraph Printing Co. (a collaborative activity with MCMH).
McLean County Ag in the Classroom will have Illinois History Ag Mags and activities highlighting a variety of agricultural products grown in Illinois and careers in agriculture.
StraightUp Solar will have a solar panel and installation equipment and information about how solar electric systems work for homes, businesses , nonprofits, and public facilities in McLean County.
University Galleries of Illinois State University will have examples of work from the 2022 Faculty Biennial art show to inspire participants to explore creating art with new forms, and patterns with letter stencils. Participants can then see how that art process is altered by manipulating their self-created art too!
Nussbaum Transportation Services will have a semi-tractor on display, recruitment and information about careers opportunities, and give aways. Additionally, several veteran employees will be on hand to answer questions about truck driving, and will also share knowledge regarding the Nussbaum Trucking Academy (partnered with Heartland Community College), which offers CDL schooling to the public.
YouthBuild McLean County will have information about their program and services.
Bloomington-Normal Spine will be demonstrating how they do spinal evaluation, and how they detect and correct issues with joints, nerves, muscles, and soft tissue, plus offering chair massages too!
Heartland Community College will have information about training opportunities.
Painters District Council No. 30 will be painting the tool boxes created with the Carpenter’s Local Union 237.
Connect Transit will have information about the bus routes in Bloomington-Normal and the transit union.
Prairie Woodworks will have information about custom woodworking and examples to showcase their work (such as joinery, sanding, staining, and finishing).
Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans will have information about their programs and resources, and activities.
IDOT Highway Construction Careers Training Program will have information about their pre-apprenticeship program and career opportunities with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
United States Postal Service Workforce Planning will have information about job opportunities and careers in the Postal Service.
AFSCME Locals 1110 and 3236 Illinois State University will have a variety of activities and examples of the work they do on campus and giveaways!
AFSCME Local 699 City of Bloomington will have a recycle/garbage truck available where participants can dump a recycle can.
City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation will have forestry gear and other grounds maintenance equipment, along with information about job opportunities.
Amtrak Apprenticeship Program is a brand new career opportunity that was recently announced. Representatives will be available to share information about this new program and the opportunities for professional development that can be found in it.
Heartland Adjunct Faculty Association (HAFA) and Heartland Faculty Association (HFA) will have representatives on hand to speak to people about their activities over the past year, information about careers and membership.
Illinois State Police will have information about employment opportunities for both civilian and sworn trooper positions and a squad car.
Check back regularly as more businesses and activities continue to be added!
Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street. For more information about this free public program, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-827-0428.Museum Closed in Recognition of Memorial Day
The Museum and the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center will be closed in recognition of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.