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Which of the following seminal documents in American history have been exhibited and seen by thousands of people in Bloomington: An original T…

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'Old Hoss' Radbourn first made a name for himself playing semi-professional ball for Bloomington’s top team, and an incident from the 1876 season speaks volumes to the rougher edges of organized baseball in the 1800s

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Fifty years ago, an event happened in Heyworth, Illinois, unlike anything that happened there before and likely to never be repeated. On Memor…

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Today you are likely to hear it over and over — wash your hands frequently to protect yourself against contracting COVID-19. But children acro…

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Dolores Chavez was just four years old when her mother fell ill.

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One of the organizing principles of the McLean County Museum of History is to collect and preserve objects and papers that help tell the stori…

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“How pleasant it is,” mused The Pantagraph of June 26, 1857, “immediately after the noontide hour of a hot summer’s day, to stroll away from t…

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It’s spring, the perfect time to get outside and a enjoy some beautiful weather! That’s right, even in this time of sheltering in place, you s…

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When we think of Easter, most people recall Easter egg hunts, bonnets, or even large family meals. But who can forget the Easter baskets fille…

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One of the primary missions of the McLean County Museum of History is to acquire objects and papers that speak to the history of the area and …

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In the summer of 1949, at a time when Central Illinois communities were hit particularly hard by the deadly disease polio, St. Joseph’s Hospit…

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While the Illinois primary election has passed, it couldn’t be a better time to look back and reflect on elections of the past. Take for examp…

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A Woodford County man with COVID-19 virus is "mildly ill," his pastor said Sunday. McLean County has no confirmed cases, and fewer than 10 tests have been submitted, authorities said.

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“Do Not Fear Influenza,” read a local Red Cross notice from October 1918. “Learn how to avoid it — How to care for those who have it — What to…

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Seventh-grader James Jones Jr. discovered a purse containing a small fortune on his way to Abraham Lincoln Grade School (1208 S. Lee St.) on t…

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On Sept. 11, 1908, The Pantagraph announced the death of “old Buck,” a horse who had given 13 years of service to the Bloomington Fire Departm…

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There is often a preconceived notion that only objects associated with the rich and famous, important events, or prominent businesses can beco…

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In honor of Presidents’ Day tomorrow, we thought we would take a look back at presidential visits to McLean County over the years. It is belie…

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As a not-for-profit institution, the McLean County Museum of History depends on the generosity of the public to “grow” its object and archival…

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Brandtville Center, operated by Arthur Brandt beginning in 1941, was a well-known truck stop, service center, and restaurant along Route 66 (t…

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In the 1960s and into the early 1970s, visitors to the McLean County Courthouse would see two figures stationed at the center of the main floo…

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“The most American thing in America.” That’s what Theodore Roosevelt said of the Chautauqua movement, the popular, weeklong outdoor gatherings…