Pages from the Past: Stories from the Sunday Pantagraph
Pages from the Past is a compilation of 75 of the nearly 360 installments of "A Page from our Past" that have appeared in the Sunday Pantagraph. The column, written by Museum Librarian Bill Kemp, debuted in December of 2005. Selections included the book range from the 1730 siege of the Fox in eastern McLean County to the 1970 Vietnam War protest at Illinois State University. Readers will find in these pages everything from new perspectives on oft-told local tales to offbeat forays into the lives of hometown eccentrics and rabble rousers. Kemp, who has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois Springfield and a master's in history for Illinois State University.
Come & Get It! McDonaldization and the Disappearance of Local Food from the Central Illinois Landscape
Book based on Come & Get It! exhibit now available for purchase The Museum has published a book based on a past exhibit, Come & Get! The Way We Ate 1830-2008. Robert Dirks, emeritus professor of anthropology at Illinois State University is also the guest curator for the exhibit. The book provides an in-depth look at the changes in our food habits over time. Dirks has conducted research in areas of food and nutrition for nearly 30 years. His publications include papers in Annual Review of Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, The Cambridge World History of Human Disease, African Food Systems in Crisis and other publications.
Purchase a paperback edition at the Museum's On the Square Gift shop for $19.95 or order the Kindle edition online from Amazon.com for $9.95. A paperback version can also be purchased from Amazon.com for $19.95.
An Architectural Glimpse into
Downtown Bloomington using Smartphone Technology
With the advances and developments in Mobile media, the Museum of History has decided to go mobile too. We have developed a Mobile Architectural Tour through Downtown Bloomington. The tour utilizes QR (quick response) codes that have been placed in the windows of rich and historically significant buildings around Downtown Bloomington. We hope this helps you to learn more about Bloomington's architectural history, while having fun.
The individual webpages are designed for visitors to gain architectural information about each location, noting the type of material, design style, architectural elements and other aspects to the architecture of the building. The pages also include brief notes of history, making the building come alive in a sense. The Museum is also currently using QR codes in the permanent exhibit, Encounter on the Prairie, located on the first floor of the Museum.