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Photo of the Week, 76: Stars Come Out for War Bond Luncheon

On September 24, 1942, four visiting entertainers were the main attraction at a “Star Victory” luncheon at the Bloomington Consistory (now the Center for Performing Arts)...

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Miller Hatchery Supports War Effort

What do a chicken and a high explosive artillery shell have in common? This sounds like the beginning of a very bad joke, but here in McLean County, they do in fact share something in common!

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Photo of the Week, 69: Ready, Set, Go!

1947 district baseball champions capture a sectional berth in state playoffs.

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Photo of the Week, 68: Memorial Day 1947

Bloomington Illinois 1947 Memorial Day parade heading south along the 200 and 300 blocks of South Main Street

Memorial Day 1947, less than two years after the end of World War II.

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Photo of the Week, 58: War Clouds Loom, October 1940

Seen here is 26-year-old Elmer Wulf, Sr. of Bloomington holding his son Elmer, Jr., as he checks his draft status.

In late October 1940, hundreds of local residents gathered at the McLean County Courthouse (now the McLean County Museum of History) to check their lottery numbers, which were posted on the walls of the main floor

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Collection Highlight: Trench Art

Trench art has been created in a number of places besides battlefield trenches – army hospitals, POW camps, machine shops, and towns and villages miles away from the action. Read this post to learn about some trench art in our collection, made by military personnel from McLean County

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Photo of the Week, Thompson’s Lunchroom on the Museum Square, 1941

Thompson’s Lunchroom on the Museum Square, 1941

Located on the west side of today's Museum Square, Thompson's, a Chicago-based lunchroom chain, celebrated its golden anniversary in 1941 (see the sign above the employees).

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Photo of the Week, 53: Bloomington-Normal Branch of the NAACP, 1944

Seen here is a 1944 meeting of the local NAACP gathered at 318 South Main Street, a former sprawling single family residence that would in a few years time become the Twin City Recreation Center.

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Photo of the Week, 50: The Dooleys in America

This photograph of Mrs. Bridget Dooley was taken March 24, 1941, on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. She's seen here at her home, 802 West Mulberry Street in Bloomington.

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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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