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May 2018

May 1st, 2018 / 7:00 PM

History Reads Book Club: Danelion Wine

All avid readers are welcome to join us on Tuesday, May 1 at the McLean County Museum of History for the second History Reads Book Club of 2018. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom. Ring in the spring season with a reading of famed author Ray Bradbury’s 1957 novel Dandelion Wine. Set in the summer of 1928, Bradbury’s book tells the tale of 12-year-old Douglas Spalding and his childhood in Green Town, Illinois—loosely based on the author’s hometown of Waukegan.

This free, quarterly program is brought to you by the Museum and Bloomington Public Library. The discussion will last approximately 60 minutes. Participants are welcome to explore the Museum before the meeting. Free parking is available on the street or in the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

Copies of this book will be available for checkout at Bloomington Public Library or may be requested via interlibrary loan through your local public library. For more information on this program please contact the Museum’s Education Department by email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428; or contact Karen Moen at Bloomington Public Library at reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org. The Museum looks forward to seeing our local literature lovers in May!

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May 5th, 2018 / 10:00 AM

Under the Dome Knit In

Knitters and crocheters—mark your calendars for the next Under the Dome Knit In, Saturday May 5 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 Comfort for Critters. Volunteers have been knitting and crocheting blankets to comfort homeless pets living in animal shelters across the United States for the past 10 years. While these pets await adoption, the blankets provide a comfortable bed year-round. When they are adopted, their blanket goes with them, providing something familiar as they adjust to their “forever family.” A local beneficiary of these blankets is CISAR /Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue in Colfax. For more information about the project, lists of participating shelters, or free patterns to use, please visit http://comfortforcritters.org/.

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.

May 10th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch and Learn: Blades, Bows, and Bushido: A Slice of Samurai History presented by Jeremy Sather

Blades, Bows, and Bushido: A Slice of Samurai History, presented by Jeremy Sather, IWU Assistant Professor of German, Russian and Asian languages

The image of a samurai warrior is that of a masterful killer behind a calm exterior, willing to do anything for the lord he serves. In this talk, we will explore the origins of this image and the development of the samurai from rustic horseback archers to a complex social order characterized by the possession of two swords and a rigidly-defined code of behavior often referred to as bushidō.


May 19th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

Unboxing Memories: A Wedding Dress "Unveiling"

When daisies pied and violets blue, and lady-smocks all silver-white … Do paint the meadows with delight.” Or, so said William Shakespeare. In the spirit of spring and wedding season, the Museum invites you to join us for a special vintage wedding-dress “unveiling.” Witness two local girls unveil their great-great-great-grandmother’s 1905 wedding dress and shoes for the first time in the company of their mother, family, and friends. Rarely seen wedding garments from the Museum’s collection will also be on display, and light refreshments will be provided. Spend another Sunday with Mom in May, and make it a month of reminiscence and memory making.

May 28th, 2018 / 9:00 AM

Museum Closed for Memorial Day

The Museum and Visitors Center will be closed to the public on Monday, May 28 for the Memorial Day holiday.The Museum and Visitors Center will resume operations on Tuesday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. We thank you all for your consideration and we are sorry for any inconvenience.