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Collection Description

The McLean County Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorated the founding of McLean County 150 years before in 1831. It was held on April 25 and 26, 1981 with a theme of “McLean County: Proud Heritage, Promising Future.” This two-day celebration was held at the county seat of Bloomington with a parade through Normal and Bloomington. Each township furnished a float with all 31 townships participating. Local bands were engaged; the Crafts Committee sought individuals to demonstrate weaving, quilting, whittling, painting, etc. The reconstructed Miller-Davis law office in downtown Bloomington was formally dedicated. The Pantagraph published a special Sesquicentennial section in their April 21st edition. Logo contests with prizes for kindergarten through high school added to the fun. The Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee included representatives of the townships, universities, and area historical societies, as well as other organizations.

The collection contains the McLean County 150th Anniversary Committee’s correspondence, publicity releases, parade organization, activities and entertainment info, contest awards, programs and brochures, financials, contact lists, etc. The Sesquicentennial section of the April 21, 1981, Pantagraph is also included.


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