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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 96: The Most Popular Guy in the Room

Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater.

More than 600 grade school children attended the Town of Normal's thirteenth annual community Christmas program at the Normal Theater in 1944.

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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, 83: Swiped Bell Returned to Redbird Roost, September 20, 1967

Back in the 1960s when Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University still played each other in football, pranks were common among the more mischievous members of the respective student bodies. For instance, several days before the September 23, 1967 game, IWU boosters

Back in the 1960s when Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University still played each other in football, pranks were common among the more mischievous members of the respective student bodies. For instance, several days before the September 23, 1967 game, IWU boosters "boosted" the Illinois State Victory Bell from its locked garage on the Normal campus. It was then clandestinely moved to the Wesleyan campus and chained to the old science building.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 82: 'Starr' Attraction at Normal Chamber Banquet, 1969

Seen here (left to right) are Starr, incoming Normal Chamber of Commerce President James L. Fisher, and outgoing President Richard A. Lenahan.

Famed Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr was the keynote speaker at the March 26, 1969 Normal Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Written by Torii Moré in

Photo of the Week, 75: Amen and Let's Eat!

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School.  Betsy Ross Cottage, 1955

Established in 1864/1865, the Illinois' Soldiers' Orphans' Home (later renamed ISSCS) was a state-run orphanage in north Normal.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 67: Welcome to Normal, 1969

Welcome to Normal, Illinois.  Hall's Tog Shop, Normal State Bank, Realtor Hal Riss

Remember Hall's Tog Shop? Did anyone you know have an account at Normal State Bank, or buy a house from realtor Hal Riss?

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 64: Redbirds Crowned National Champs in 1969

McLean County Museum of History Replica 1969 champions Illinois State Baseball Cap

Seen here is ISU pitcher “Buzz" Capra holding the NCAA championship plaque and giving the “victory" sign. Lee William "Buzz" Capra went on to enjoy a solid Major League Baseball career, pitching for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves from 1971 to 1977.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 57: Dedication of the Normal Post Office, 1936

​On March 1, 1936, several hundred area residents gathered for the dedication of the Normal Post Office, located at 200 West North Street.

On March 1, 1936, several hundred area residents gathered for the dedication of the Normal Post Office, located at 200 West North Street.

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Written by Tod Eagleton in Collection Highlights

Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform donated to Museum

Uniform worn by a member of the Normal Sanitary Dairy's baseball team in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The Museum recently received a Normal Sanitary Dairy baseball uniform worn during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Located at 301 Broadway in Normal, the Normal Sanitary Dairy sold milk and other dairy products to McLean County residents from 1930 to 1959.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Photo of the Week, 41: We’re Number One!

On June 6, 1969, Illinois State University's baseball team captured the NCAA College Division (now Division II) national championship by defeating Southwest Missouri (now Missouri State University) by a score of 12-0.

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