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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the week, 121: Miller Park Fishing Season Underway -- June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side

Did you know today, June 18, is National Go Fishing Day?

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Miller Park Fishing Season Underway June 1938

Fishing at Miller Park, 1938.

Fishing at Miller Park on Bloomington’s west side has been a time-honored local tradition since the late 1800s. This Depression-era photograph shows the opening of the 1938 fishing season on June 16.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 118: Acid Flashback! Local Rock Festival Held 45 Years Ago

Kickapoo Creek Rock Festival held outside of the McLean County community of Heyworth

This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of the Kickapoo Creek Rock Festival held outside of the McLean County community of Heyworth, May 30 through June 1, 1970.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 109: American Passion Play, March 1956

American Passion Play, March 1956

Conceived by Bloomington resident Delmar Darrah, this local production of the American Passion Play is the oldest continuously performed Passion Play in the United States.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 105: Circus Travel by 'House Car'

Circus Travel by

In April 1936, Gene Enos posed before his new aluminum "house car" trailer.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 101: Tin Pan Alley Bloomington-Style, 1953

Al and Edna Schroeder,  March 1953. Taken at their Bloomington home, 308 West Wood Street

Amateur songwriting duo, Al and Edna Schroeder, show off their latest record in their Bloomington home.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

A Unique Look At A Hollywood Starlet

Among the many treasures held by the McLean County Museum of History is this portrait of Irene Delroy (pictured above) painted by George Maillard Kesslere in 1929. It hung in the Ithaca, NY, home of her second husband Gerard Oberrender until his death in 1998.

Josephine Sanders was born in Bloomington, IL, on July 21, 1900. She was better known by her stage and screen name, Irene Delroy.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 91: High-Wire Act on the Square, 1939

Photo of the Week, 91: High-Wire Act on the Square, 1939

In 1939, Bloomington-based Billetti troupe performed a perilous three high pyramid on bicycles without safety nets.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 86: Thirty Year Anniversary of ISU Beer Riot 'Brouhaha'

On October 3, 1984, Illinois State University students protested new Town of Normal liquor ordinances designed to control large off-campus keg parties. Students called the measures draconian, and some took out their frustrations on public and private property in Uptown Normal. Rioters, according to an AP report,

On October 3, 1984, Illinois State University students protested new Town of Normal liquor ordinances designed to control large off-campus keg parties.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the week, 79: And a one, and a two, and a three …

In late July 1935, a large crowd gathered at the Miller Park bandstand to listen to the Pumpernickel Band, also known as the Spinach Blowers

In late July 1935, a large crowd gathered at the Miller Park bandstand to listen to the Pumpernickel Band, also known as the Spinach Blowers.

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