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Written by Bill Kemp in WGLT McHistory Series

McHistory: World War Two in McLean County

In this episode of GLT's recurring series McHistory Morgan writes of World War Two.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 45: Christmas in Bloomington, 1941

Although the pages of the Bloomington Pantagraph were chock full of overseas war coverage and harried homefront preparations, Christmas remained a magical time for area children.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 36: "Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free..."

On Saturday, May 25, 1940 in Bloomington, a group of 20 immigrants became U.S. citizens after a naturalization examination and swearing in ceremony.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 23: World War II Drinking Fountain Flows Once More!

On October 19, 1948, the local Pearl Harbor chapter of the American War Mothers dedicated a drinking fountain to McLean County's World War II dead. The fountain is located on the east / Main Street side of the McLean County Museum of History (formerly the McLean County Courthouse).

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Photo of the Week, 18: 1,000 License Plates Contributed in WW II Drive

During the Second World War, communities such as Bloomington scrounged for scrap metal to boost the war effort.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 15: Play Ball!

Seen here is the Junior American League baseball team sponsored by J. Stern Furniture Co,. sometime in the late 1940s.

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