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Local Publications

Below are just a few of MANY digitized publications. Please visit to see more! The digitization of these resources was funded in part by Illinois Humanities.

To Sustain the Union: McLean County during the Civil War (Local History Series, Book I)

Journey through the Great Depression (Local History Series, Book II)

Presence, Pride, & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County (Local History Series, Book III)

Bloomington's C&A Shops: Our Lives Remembered

It Is Begun: The Pantagraph Reports the Civil War

History of African Americans in McLean County 1835-1975

A Matter Of Life And Death by Lucinda McCray Beier

Irish Immigrants in McLean County by Greg Koos

Heart of the Corn Belt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County by William D. Walters

Pages from the Past: Stories from the Sunday Pantagraph by Bill Kemp

The Illustrated History of McLean County by Greg Koos, Don Munson & Martin Wyckoff

Come & Get It! The McDonaldization and the Disappearance of Local Food from a Central Illinois Community by Robert Dirks

Pictorial Souvenir Central Illinois 1912

McLean County Blacks in the Civil War

History of the Illinois Association of Club Women and Girls, Inc. 1901-1975

Civil War Diaries of James W. Jessee 1861-1865

Gifts to the Prairie: The Work of Pioneer Nurserymen and the Art of the Prestele Family

Franklin Park Architectural Tour

Lexington Achitectural Tour

Rituals and Passages: 75 Years of The American Passion Play

Guidebook to Historical McLean County

Historic McLean

The Old McLean County Courthouse