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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 95: Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Roland's Christmas Party, 1958

Shotgun-toting and suspicious Mrs. Claus follows her husband around Bloomington as he is in the company of three attractive reindeer.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 94: Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington Fire Department Gives Santa a Lift - Christmas Eve, 1940

Bloomington firemen help Santa deliver sixteen "goody" baskets to disadvantaged local families in 1940.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 94: Thanksgiving at ISSCS, 1962

Photo of the Week, 92: Thanksgiving at ISSCS, 1962

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two orphans from the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School with 39 Thanksgiving turkeys, being readied for Thanksgiving Day in 1962.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 92: Thanksgiving in the Great Depression, 1938

Photo of the Week, 92: Thanksgiving in the Great Depression, 1938

On the day before Thanksgiving in 1938, the Young Men's Commercial Club of Bloomington prepared gift baskets for local needy families.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 90: Jack-o'-lantern Harvest in the Eisenhower Era

Happy Halloween from the board, staff, volunteers and members of the McLean County Museum of History!

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

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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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, 47: Seasons Greetings . . . from South of the Border!

Sixty years ago this month, during the 1953 Christmas season, former Bloomington residents Stanley A. and Antoinette McVey were back in town to visit Antoinette's mother Rose Capodice, who lived at 1315 East Grove Street. The McVeys had moved to Odessa, Texas two years earlier to work as agents for State Farm Insurance.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 46: Santa Spotted in Downtown Bloomington, 1929

Merry Christmas from the Museum's staff and Board of Directors!

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Written by Torii Moré in Museum News

Stocking stuffers available in the Museum’s On the Square gift shop

Need some last minute gifts? The Museum has you covered! Come on down to our gift shop and discover some wonderful stocking stuffers! In addition to dozens of books pertaining to local history and Lincoln, there are many unique items for the folks on your Christmas list!

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