Angler’s Lake

The citizen effort to preserve Angler’s Lake, located in southeast Bloomington, began in 1979. Bloomington residents recognized the val...

Baseball

A column in the October 20, 1857, issue of the Pantagraph suggested that it would be a good idea for some of the young men of Bloomingt...

Bloomington-Normal Black History Project

In 1970 Marge Smith and others began to organize local African Americans to discuss their history. This group (Margaret Esposito, Joe M...

Bloomington-Normal Women’s Golf Association

After a hiatus from 1968 to 1974, the Bloomington-Normal Women’s Golf Association returned to play tournaments in the twin-cities’ 5 go...

Charles (“Old Hoss”) Radbourn

Charles (“Old Hoss”) Radbourn was born in Rochester N.Y. December 11, 1854. In 1855, the Radbourn family moved to Bloomington, IL. Duri...

Constitution Trail

Constitution Trail is a “linear park” that provides more than 37 miles of trails for biking, hiking, and walking in the greater Bloomin...

Corn Bowl

A true “Middle West” tradition: college football on Thanksgiving Day. The Corn Bowl was sponsored by the Louis E. Davis Post No. 56 of ...

CornBelters

The Normal CornBelters are a professional baseball team. They began play in May 2010 as a member of the Frontier League, which is not a...

Dunn, Mark Collection

The collection includes research manuscripts, genealogical research, newspaper articles, and correspondence. ...

Floyd, Arthur Softball Collection

Arthur Floyd (1900-1988) was an insurance agent for the Industrial Casualty Co. In private life he served as assistant to the State Com...

Highland Park Women’s 18 Hole League

The Highland Park Women’s 18 Hole League was started in July of 1932 at the Highland Park Municipal Golf Course in Bloomington. Ann Don...

Intercity High School Tournament

An Intercity High School basketball competition was begun in Bloomington and Normal in 1968. In 1972 football competition was added. Gi...

ISU Athletics

The collection includes Illinois State University football guides, basketball guides, football programs, basketball programs, and misce...
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Lake Bloomington Association

The Lake Bloomington Association formed to improve the Lake Bloomington Area and the surrounding areas.  The Lake Bloomington Associati...
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McLean County Basketball Tournament

One of the longest-running tournaments in the state, the McLean County Basketball Tournament is a considered one of the area’s premier ...

Moraine View State Recreation Area

This collection includes newspaper clippings from 1941 through 1985, plus manuscript histories of Dawson Lake and of the LeRoy Sportsme...

Morgan, Raymond “Doc”

“He was a humble person, a fine golfer and a great gentleman.” So opined Bloomington Country Club’s John Brokaw in 1952 after losing th...

Pistole, Richard

Richard “Dick” Pistole was born in Heyworth, IL. After graduating from Heyworth High School, Pistole became instrumental in spreading t...

Sports Cards

The collection holds commercially printed sports (or trading) cards featuring individuals associated with McLean County, either having ...

State Farm Classic

One of the largest co-ed holiday basketball tournaments in the nation, the State Farm Classic began in 1975 as a boys’ high school comp...

University High School Athletics

This collection includes fall, winter, and spring programs, as well as individual programs for football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ b...

Vogel, Joe Baseball Scrapbook

In many ways, the 1930s, 1940s, and into the 1950s represented the golden age of local baseball in Bloomington-Normal and the surroundi...