The McLean County Museum of History is committed to preserving, educating, and collaborating in sharing the diverse history of this county.
To do so, we ask for your financial support to meet the demands of the digital age that such high-quality programming requires.
The Museum spends over $100,000 annually to support digital initiatives that continue to grow as the need for online access to resources and programming increases.
Your contribution will support:
Digitizing prints, photos, and documents from the Museum’s archives, including the Pantagraph Negatives Collection
Providing livestream programming of Lunch and Learns, talks, readings, and community events
Updating and expanding our website and online Social Justice Walking Tour
Continuing to upload items from our collection to an online database, making the 18,000 objects and millions of archival items that we hold in our collection accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time
The importance of high-quality digital programming was accentuated by the pandemic. We live in a new age.
Haitham Eid, Director of the MA in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans, writes,
“...the effective utilization of digital in the museum context can amplify marginalized voices, disseminate facts and reliable information, cultivate community responses, share lived experiences, and encourage collective actions across diverse groups of people”
American Alliance of Museums, 2022.