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Archive of: Collection Highlights

Written by Susan Hartzold in Collection Highlights

Prohibition doll unique item from 1920s

The Museum owns a very unique method used to transport illegal hooch; a prohibition doll.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Take Me Out to the Ball Game...!

Maybe I have spring fever. Or, maybe it's my excitement for the upcoming play, “Old Hoss" which will be performed March 7th - 9th here in our Governor Fifer Courtroom. Whatever the reason, I'm ready for some baseball; and, what better time to share one of the Museum's most beloved treasures!

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Written by Susan Hartzold in Collection Highlights

What the heck is Julia LeBeau playing?

Miss LeBeau’s tin can xylophone was donated to the Museum in 1994 by her good friend Charles Ridenour who believedit needed an appropriate home.We agreed!

Julia LeBeau (1903-1994) was the daughter of George and Nettie LeBeau, owners of a Bloomington music shop. In 1906 she decided she wanted a xylophone, but her father didn't want to spend the money — he didn't think she'd stick with it. Instead, he built this tin-can xylophone for her, using fruit, fish, and vegetable cans purchased from a downtown Bloomington grocery.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform donated to Museum

Uniform worn by a member of the Normal Sanitary Dairy's baseball team in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The Museum recently received a Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform worn during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Located at 301 Broadway in Normal, the Normal Sanitary Dairy sold milk and other dairy products to McLean County residents from 1930 to 1959.

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Written by Torii Moré in Collection Highlights

Movember: Mustaches in McLean County History

In observance of Movember, Museum staff thought it would be fun to highlight some historic 'staches of McLean County.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Collection Highlights

Big Dance in Colfax—100 years ago!

Museum volunteer Amy Miller recently donated a sizable collection of dance cards and other local ephemera* including this October 4, 1913 flier for a dance at Colfax's Central Opera House.

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