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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 37: The “A” Train Stopped in Bloomington back in ‘72

Jazz great Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington and his band performed at the Scottish Rite Temple (now the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts) on September 18, 1972.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 26: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Olympic Speedster Jesse Owens Visits Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 25: Et tu, Brute? “Julius Caesar” at the Consistory, 1931

Long before the 1978 inaugural season of what would become the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (held at the Ewing Cultural Center), local residents enjoyed one of the Bard's tragedies at another popular Bloomington venue.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 24: Seven ball in the corner pocket . . .

Students at the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School (ISSCS) play pool at Horner Hall, circa 1955-1956.

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Photo of the Week, 12: Fore!

Incorporated in 1919, Maplewood Country Club stretched southeast of Linden St. and Jersey Ave. in Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 10: “A Full House” at “The Wesleyan,” November 1924

The farce “A Full House" was staged at Memorial Gymnasium, today's Hansen Center, for Wesleyan's homecoming.

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Photo of the Week, 8: Ike Sanders "Up, Up and Away"

Ike Sanders

This “gag shot," circa 1904, shows two African-American men “floating" over downtown Bloomington. We're almost certain that's Ike Sanders (1878-1929) on the left.

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Photo of the Week, 2: Don Munson & LaJean, 1968

Don Munson and Chimp

Museum Librarian Bill Kemp stumbled across this photograph while perusing a collection of recently donated photographs. Bill knew that the smartly dressed figure in the middle was Don Munson, the now-retired on-air WJBC AM 1230 morning radio personality. Without knowing the context of this curious find, Bill decided to email Don Munson, who still lives in Bloomington-Normal and hosts a delightful Thursday evening jazz program on WGLT FM 89.1, Illinois State University's Public Radio affiliate.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 1: Bowling Association Tournament

Illinois Women's Bowling Association (IWBA) state tournament

This is the inaugural “Photo of the Week" from the Archive collections of the Museum.

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