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February 2018

February 1st, 2018 / 8:30 AM

Annual History Teacher Symposium

Though the Museum is playing the role of host for this coming year’s symposium, in keeping true to the theme “Breaking Out!” (whether that be out of the classroom, out of the box, or out of the building), symposium sessions will be presented throughout the buildings of Downtown Bloomington near the Museum Square. On behalf of the organizing committee, the Museum extends a gracious thank you to Heritage Enterprises and Ensenberger Condominiums for opening their facilities to our participating teachers and students. Each year, this annual history symposium services over 100 practicing middle and high school history and social science teachers from throughout the state of Illinois, in conjunction with a contingent of upperclassmen ISU history education majors. It is the hope that this year’s theme will encourage these present and future teachers to fervently explore educational opportunities that integrate classroom instruction with community resources in ways that inspire their students to embrace learning in all its forms—in and outside the classroom. Many sessions will be co-presented by a practicing teacher and a community partner to further demonstrate the feasibility and mutual benefit of such relationships for teachers and students alike.

The call for session proposals is out, and individuals who have submitted a proposal for the 2018 symposium will be notified of their acceptance in early December. For more information on submitting a session proposal, please contact Dr. Monica Noraian at mcnora2@ilstu.edu. If you are an Illinois teacher and wish to register for the symposium, please visit the Classes/Workshops calendar under the Professional Development tab on the ROE’s website: http://www.roe17.org/home for a direct link to the registration form.

Take the chance to break out of routine in the name of professional development. See you in February!

February 2nd, 2018 / 5:00 PM

F1rst Fr1day Tour de Chocolat

The Museum is pleased to once again participate in the Downtown Bloomington Association’s annual tradition of offering a sweet local chocolate treat to visitors to the downtown area. While you are at the Museum you can also explore the Museum’s permanent exhibits. this program is free and open to the public.

February 8th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: Lincoln at Fifteen: the maturing of his self-education presented by Robert Bray

Lincoln at Fifteen: the maturing of his self-education presented by Robert Bray

We will look at the influence of two texts Lincoln discovered sometime around his fifteenth year, while still living in Indiana. Both would profoundly influence him throughout his political and personal life. One is familiar: the Declaration of Independence; the other, much less so: Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ (1751).

February 10th, 2018 / 10:00 AM

Under the Dome Knit-In - Little Hats Big Hearts!

Under the Dome Knit In growing and going strong!

Knitters and crocheters—mark your calendars for another year of Under the Dome Knit Ins! Dates for the 2018 Knit Ins will be held on Saturdays, February 10, May 5, August 25, and November 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom! The Museum welcomes all knitters and crocheters to come down and create charity items or work on your own project.
This quarter’s featured knitting/crocheting charity is Little Hats, Big Hearts through the American Heart Association. Volunteers for the American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at participating hospitals. They are raising awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. They work with both the hospital’s Mother-Baby unit and Neonatal Intensive Care unit, so they need hats in both newborn and preemie sizes. Locally, hats will go to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

For more information about the project and for hat specifications, please visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/General/Little-Hats-….

The Under the Dome Knit In is FREE and open to everyone. Light refreshments will also be served. Just bring your own project or the materials to begin a new one. Grab a friend, some needles or hooks, and of course don’t forget your yarn, and come on down to the Museum to “knit for a bit!”
Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck, one block south of the Museum on Front Street. For more information or any questions, please contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428 or education@mchistory.org.

February 19th, 2018 / 12:00 PM

Presidents' Day Open House: Constitution U

Give me a “C”! Give me an “O”! Give me an “N”! Wow, “constitution” is a longer word than you think. But, “U” get the point. Mark your calendars now for Monday, February 19, 2018 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and join the Museum for its sixth Presidents’ Day Open House: Constitution U. Grab a college-ruled notebook and a freshly sharpened pencil, and come prepared to be schooled in all things constitutional!

Do you have a strong constitution? Or is it weak? If Article II of the Constitution established the executive branch of government in 1787, how might Article 2.0 read differently in 2018? Reflect on 200 years of Illinois history since the first signing of our state’s constitution two centuries ago. Cast your vote for the coach (err…president) who will lead your team to victory. Redefine the meaning of the phrase “daily constitutional.” Do all this and more to graduate with honors from Constitution “U”!

Family-friendly activities will include a mock election, crafts, games, and some sweet treats to help celebrate the many ways that “we, the people of the United States of America” have made, and will continue to make, the Constitution a document of the people. Remember, there are many “I”s in “constitution,” but only one “U”!

Study up, and we will see you in February! This event is free and open to the public. All ages are invited to attend.

February 24th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

The Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in McLean County at the Noble-Wieting Site

In honor of the Bicentennial of Illinois, the Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. G. Logan Miller, assistant professor of anthropology at Illinois State University, who will present a program about the recent archaeological findings at the Noble-Wieting Site this past summer. The program will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom and is free and open to the public.

During the Mississippian period (1000-1400 AD) the largest prehistoric North American city existed right here in Illinois. The rise and fall of Cahokia reverberated throughout eastern North America, resulting in many population movements and new ways of life in the region.Archaeologists refer to the new lifeways in northern Illinois at this time as the Langford tradition. While most major Langford sites occur along the upper Illinois River and the Chicagoland area, one site that does not fit the pattern is the village of Noble-Wieting in McLean County. Since the early 1900s archaeologists have puzzled over the site’s anomalous nature. Was Noble-Wieting a trading outpost, set up by Langford peoples to access Mississippian goods or ideas? Was it a refuge, established by Langford peoples but accepting disaffected Mississippians? Or was it an example of ethnogenesis, a new cultural entity emerging from the interaction of two or more disparate groups? Recently, Illinois State University and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey returned to this important site to address these, and other, questions. Miller will review what we are learning about Noble-Wieting as well as the many lingering questions that remain unanswered.

Dr. G. Logan Miller’s research and publications cover topics related to lithic technology and Midwestern prehistory. He has also directed archaeological field schools in Illinois and Ohio.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.