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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 87: World Series Memories

Bob O'Farrell and Grover Cleveland Alexander Fans Field, Bloomington, 1938

On April 17, 1938, pitching great Grover Cleveland Alexander brought the Empires, his semi-pro baseball team from Springfield, IL, to Fans Field on Bloomington's south side.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 84: 'Bloody 66' claims 4 victims in early February 1939

On Friday, February 3, 1939, four area men were killed in a late evening automobile accident on U.S. Route 66, about 2 miles south of Chenoa. The crash took the lives of Carl Weymouth, owner and driver of the car, Paul Trunk, Sr., Nelson Francis, and Claude M.

On Friday, February 3, 1939, four area men were killed in a late evening automobile accident on U.S. Route 66, about 2 miles south of Chenoa. The crash took the lives of Carl Weymouth, owner and driver of the car, Paul Trunk, Sr., Nelson Francis, and Claude M.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 77: That's a Hair-raising Experience!

University School of Beauty Culture, located at 417 North Main Street in downtown Bloomington.

The University School of Beauty Culture had opened a year or two earlier before this photo feature, and would remain in business at the same location into the early 1980s. Today, the main tenant at 417 North Main Street is Schertz's MusiCenteR.

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Photo of the Week, 75: Amen and Let's Eat!

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School.  Betsy Ross Cottage, 1955

Established in 1864/1865, the Illinois' Soldiers' Orphans' Home (later renamed ISSCS) was a state-run orphanage in north Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in WGLT McHistory Series

McHistory: Bloomington Dramaturge Explored Gender Roles

Rachel Crothers is all but unknown today as America's most successful female playwright.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Spring Is In The Air!

In the Garden painting by Nina Kickbusch Griffin

This painting was created by Nina Kickbusch Griffin for the 1937 All-Illinois Society of Fine Arts exhibition at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Society would later present the award-winning painting to The Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School (ISSCS) where it would be displayed for several years before making its way to The Museum.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Collection Highlights

Easter Parade, LeRoy Style, 1937

Easter LeRoy 1937 McLean County Museum of History

On Sunday, April 9, 1937, The Pantagraph ran a photo spread on LeRoy ladies getting ready for Easter church services and family get-togethers.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 63: ​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937

​Reefer Madness In Bloomington, November 1937.  McLean County Museum of History

McLean County State's Attorney Bernard E. Wall (right) and Deputy Sheriff James Christenson examine “herbs" seized in a November 20, 1937 raid on 324 South East Street in Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 62: Brother can you spare a . . . tractor

On May 1, 1939, neighbors gathered at Grover Proctor's farm to take care of the spring plowing. Proctor, suffering from complications from pneumonia, was unable to get outside and do the necessary plowing on his farm.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Soap Box Derby Dreams

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937.

The M.E. Doyle Trophy was presented to Eugene Millard after becoming City Champion of the Bloomington Soap Box Derby on July 22, 1937. Millard would go on to win the Central Illinois title and compete at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

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