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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

B-29 Bomber Visits Courthouse Square June 13, 1950

B-29 Bomber, 1950.

Back during the early years of the Cold War the fuselage of a U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress was put on display on the McLean County Courthouse Square, presumably as part of a patriotic road show to celebrate America’s technological, industrial, and military might. Air Force personnel were on hand during the June 13, 1950 stop in Bloomington to explain the bomber’s workings and answer questions.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

ISSCS Christmas Circa 1950

Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School children, 1950.

Christmastime at the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School in Normal included many traditional activities, such as trimming the tree. Seen here are ISSCS students decorating a Christmas tree placed in front of the state orphanage’s Norman-style residential cottages.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Mothers of Fallen Soldiers Memorial Day 1958

Memorial Day, 1958.

Founded after World War I, American Gold Star Mothers consists of mothers who have lost a son or daughter to military service. Seen here are local Gold Star members from the Evergreen chapter in Bloomington.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Salute from a Korean War Vet Memorial Day 1982

Korean War veteran, 1982.

Robert R. “Bob” Neal salutes a fallen veteran at Bloomington’s Park Hill Cemetery, Memorial Day 1982. Bob served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Korean War.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week: ISSCS Graduates, 1958

ISSCS graduates, 1958.

Normal was the longtime home to the state-run orphanage known as the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School. “Home Kids” (as they often called themselves) attended University High School, Normal IL on the Illinois State University campus.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Remember the Fallen

Franklin Park, undated.

McLean County has long honored its war dead. In 1869, local officials saw to the erection in the center of Franklin Park a monument featuring the names of some 700 Civil War dead from McLean County.

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Volunteer Reflection: Drew Brandau

My first day here I was given the task of making a finding aid for a nearly 100-year-old collection of World War I material, mainly books and military manuals. A finding aid is a typed inventory of the contents of an archival collection, and as such helps researchers and those interested in the collection find their way around the material.

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McNulta Time Capsule

This wine decanter originally arrived at the McLean County Museum of History as a time capsule.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 81: The World Wide Web, 1954-style

In May 1954, The Pantagraph profiled Bloomington resident Helen M. Zalucha, one of only three women active in the Illinois Emergency Network, a statewide group of some 200 amateur (ham) radio operators.

In May 1954, The Pantagraph profiled Bloomington resident Helen M. Zalucha, one of only three women active in the Illinois Emergency Network, a statewide group of some 200 amateur (ham) radio operators.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

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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