McLean County Museum Of History Websites

These are projects, articles, and websites associated with the McLean County Museum of History.

Online Object Database

The Museum is excited to launch our online database, which allows viewers to browse through over 800 object records that had previously been for internal use only. The object records list information such as the object’s name, description, period of creation, associated people, images, and more.

Adlai Today

Adlai Today examines the references made to Adlai Stevenson II in current issues in news stories. Explore this website to find out more about this inspirational political figure who called Bloomington home.

Black History Resource List

A Google Doc containing links to various local Black history resources such as articles, podcasts, videos, finding aids, images, and more!

Digital Exhibits

Read the rich histories featured in our Challenges, Choices, and Change as well as Abraham Lincoln in McLean County exhibits from anywhere!

Social Justice Walking Tour

On this website, you will find stories of events and people in and around Downtown Bloomington, Illinois, that illustrate the evolution of our city over time.

Post Amerikan

Held by the MCMH and digitized by Eastern Illinois University. The Post Amerikan began publication in 1972 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. An underground, alternative newspaper, it was run collectively by volunteers. It was the longest continuous publication run for any underground newspaper in America.

Search our Library Catalog

See what books we have in our library. We are a non-circulating library so you must come to the library to see these books, and they cannot go home with you.

Google Cultural Institute

See high resolution digital photographs of the paintings from our collection at the Google Cultural Institute

Virtual Visit

360 degree walk through of Challenges, Choices, and Change exhibits as well as Abraham Lincoln in McLean County.

Pieces from our Past

Museum staff and community contributors write a weekly column in the Pantagraph Sunday edition. Check out past articles here! (This column was formerly known as Pages from our Past and was written by Bill Kemp, Museum librarian.)


Discover local historic images pinned to a map, some overlaid into Google Street View!

Internet Archive

Browse hundreds of resources we have uploaded over the years

PFOP: Curriculum for Teachers

These lesson plans were created by teachers in McLean County for teachers everywhere. The lesson plans use Kemp’s columns as a foundation, as they create solid link between McLean County and national events or themes in U.S. History.

QR Code Smart Phone Tour of Downtown Bloomington

Learn about downtown Bloomington's rich history through its buildings. Look for the QR codes that have been placed in the windows of historically significant buildings around downtown.


Visit our YouTube channel to see upcoming live streams, or to watch many of our fascinating past programs.

External Sites

These are websites and social media groups that are not operated and maintained by the McLean County Museum of History. These sites may be of interest to people doing research or looking to connect with people of similar interests! Listed in alphabetical order.

Bloomington, Illinois 1838

by Rochelle Gridley

Bloomington-Normal Black History Project

An affiliate organization of the McLean County Museum of History

Facebook Group: Bloomington / Normal Remember When...

Group for people who grew up in Bloomington (or nearby). Everyone who has memories to share is welcome to join.

Facebook Group: Brick Back Bloomington (BBB)

Dedicated to vintage brick paver preservation in Bloomington Normal. Brick streets, sidewalks, restoring, preserving, re-laying, paver brick names, history, and photos.

Facebook Group: Historic Stevensonville Neighborhood

Stevensonville was situated West of Bloomington, IL and built in the late 1870s to house the migrant workers from the McLean Co Coal Mine. The eight original streets were Magoun, Packard, Reeves, Williams, Weldon, Worrell (now Olive), and Stevenson (now grove).

Facebook Group: You know you grew up in or around Bloomington-Normal when you remember....

Group dedicated to the history of Bloomington/Normal and nearby surrounding areas.

McLean County History by Bicycle

by Ryan Smith. This website contains a map of historic markers in McLean County.

Old House Society

Architectural salvage warehouse

Women Called to Action

by Rochelle Gridley