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September 2018

September 3rd, 2018 / 9:00 AM

Museum Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

September 4th, 2018 / 9:00 AM

Evergreen Cemetery Walk Ticket Sales Begin

Ticket sales begin for the 2018 Evergreen Cemetery Walk, celebrating the Bicentennial of Illinois. Dates for this year’s Walk are Saturdays and Sundays, September 29, 30 and October 6 and 7 with tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for members of the museum, and $5 for under 18 and students w/ID. Receive a $2 off public and member tickets when purchased 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Museum, The Garlic Press, Casey’s Garden Shop, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling the Museum at 309-827-0428.

September 7th, 2018 / 5:00 PM

F1rst Fr1day- Working for a Living

The Museum is kicking off a two-day celebration of the opening of our newest permanent exhibit, Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living during F1rst Fr1day from 5:00-8:00 p.m. To celebrate, we will be hosting ISU’s Fix It Friday for basic clothing mending and repair, hosting live demos of several kinds of “work,” and build your own ice cream sundaes and lemonade.

Live Demonstrations will begin at 5:15 p.m. and feature the following artisans and crafts people:

5:15-6:00 p.m. Wheel-thrown pottery with Cracked Up Pottery

6:00-7:00 p.m. Fiber Artists who will be spinning, weaving, doing Tunisian crochet, and more!

7:00-7:45 p.m. Woodworking by Scrolling Memories by dave

This event is free and open to the public. All activities will be held on the Museum’s first floor in the rotunda. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets, or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street. For more information, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

#workingforalivingmc #work

September 8th, 2018 / 1:00 PM

Grand Opening - Challenges, Choices, & Change: Working for a Living exhibit

The public is invited to a grand opening program to unveil the Museum’s fourth permanent exhibit, Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living on Saturday, September 8. The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. followed by a program with exhibit curator Mike Matejka in the the Museum’s second floor courtroom at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments including a build-your-own cookie bar will begin at 1:00 p.m. until supplies run out.

In addition, a Labor and Work Street Fair will be held on the Main Street and Jefferson Streets sides of the Museum. From 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. the public is invited to participate in hands-on activities offered by area businesses, local unions, trades people, skilled workers, and artisans. Street Fair activities will include the following:

Brandt Consolidated- Agricultural Farm Equipment on display and employment information

Illinois Laborers and Contractors JATP- GPS & surveying, Virtual Reality goggles, traffic control and laborers work simulation

Bloomington/Normal Electrical JATC- conduit bending and other electrical activities

Altorfer Inc.- tractor display and other information

Sheet Metal Workers Local 1- making tool trays

R Way Trucking- Semi with dump trailer and coloring for kids

Carpenter’s Local Union 237- building tool boxes

Heritage Schoolhouse Press with Storyteller Mike Lockett- storytelling and musical performances

Connect Transit- Community Bus with information about Connect Transit has evolved.

Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 99 will have an exhibit about how plumbing works.

Check back for more information about additional Street Fair activities coming soon!

The public is invited to a grand opening program to unveil the Museum’s fourth permanent exhibit, Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living on Saturday, September 8. The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. followed by a program with exhibit curator Mike Matejka in the the Museum’s second floor courtroom at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments including a build-your-own cookie bar will begin at 1:00 p.m. until supplies run out.

Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street. For more information about this free public program, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

September 10th, 2018 / 5:00 PM

A History of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Join Director of Education Candace Summers for a program on the Museum’s longest running and most successful outreach program, the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. This program will explore the roots of this event and how it began as a call to action because vandalism was a major problem at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Audience members will also be introduced to the individuals who will be featured during the 2018 Walk. The program will be held at Towanda Public Library and is free and open to the public.

September 11th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

Yoga History Under the Dome

Join Carmen Champion of Main Street Yoga for this 5-part program focusing on the historic principles of yoga.

Originally, yoga looked very different than the Downward Facing Dog now represented on Instagram. Understand how a deeply meditative practice evolved into a workout. Learn how different cultures shaped the modern-day understanding of the practice and why yoga has survived for thousands of years. Build your own meditation or yoga practice by developing a more enriched understanding of yoga culture.

This free, public program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.

September 13th, 2018 / 12:10 PM

Lunch & Learn: Fair Trial Rights- Protecting Citizens' Freedom and Liberty

Bring your brown bag lunch to the Museum’s continuing series, featuring engaging and enlightening topics for discussion. Join us the second Thursday of every month from now until May for a new topic to explore and discuss.

This month Robert Bradley, Professor Emeritus Politics and Government, ISU, will discuss the important procedural guarantees included in the Constitution that are critical to having fair criminal trials. Bradley will examine a variety of rights contained in the Sixth Amendment, such as representation by counsel, impartial jury, public trial, confrontation of accusers, plus others. And he will explore how those rights have evolved through Supreme Court interpretations over the years. Come discover why these rights are important to us and the preservation of American democracy.

This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Museum. This program is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University and the McLean County Museum of History.

September 29th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

The Evergreen Cemetery Walk - Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

McLean County celebrates 200 years of history this year. Since 1824, people began settling the land that would later become McLean county. The county and its citizens have helped to shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, to producing and training internationally known circus performers. the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worth celebrating.

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed professional actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Public performances are held each Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 and October 6-7, 2018 with two performances daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members,and $5 for children and students with proper I/D.

$2 off public and member tickets when purchased at least 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Casey’s Garden Shop, the Garlic Press, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To mark the special nature of this year’s theme, the Walk will also feature a 45-minute performance by the Brass Band of Central Illinois each day of the weekend tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, BBCI is a traditional brass band based in Bloomington-Normal made up of 30 volunteer musicians who were attracted to the ensemble for its unique sound, instrumentation, and music.

For more information contact education@mchistory.org, call 1 (309) 827-0428, or visit http://www.mchistory.org/learn/programs/cemwalk.php.

September 29th, 2018 / 2:00 PM

Evergreen Cemetery Walk- Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

McLean County celebrates 200 years of history this year. Since 1824, people began settling the land that would later become McLean county. The county and its citizens have helped to shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, to producing and training internationally known circus performers. the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worth celebrating.

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed professional actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Public performances are held each Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 and October 6-7, 2018 with two performances daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members,and $5 for children and students with proper I/D.

$2 off public and member tickets when purchased at least 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Casey’s Garden Shop, the Garlic Press, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To mark the special nature of this year’s theme, the Walk will also feature a 45-minute performance by the Brass Band of Central Illinois each day of the weekend tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, BBCI is a traditional brass band based in Bloomington-Normal made up of 30 volunteer musicians who were attracted to the ensemble for its unique sound, instrumentation, and music.

For more information contact education@mchistory.org, call 1 (309) 827-0428, or visit http://www.mchistory.org/learn/programs/cemwalk.php.

September 30th, 2018 / 11:00 AM

The Evergreen Cemetery Walk - Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

McLean County celebrates 200 years of history this year. Since 1824, people began settling the land that would later become McLean county. The county and its citizens have helped to shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, to producing and training internationally known circus performers. the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worth celebrating.

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed professional actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Public performances are held each Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 and October 6-7, 2018 with two performances daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members,and $5 for children and students with proper I/D.

$2 off public and member tickets when purchased at least 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Casey’s Garden Shop, the Garlic Press, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To mark the special nature of this year’s theme, the Walk will also feature a 45-minute performance by the Brass Band of Central Illinois each day of the weekend tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, BBCI is a traditional brass band based in Bloomington-Normal made up of 30 volunteer musicians who were attracted to the ensemble for its unique sound, instrumentation, and music.

For more information contact education@mchistory.org, call 1 (309) 827-0428, or visit http://www.mchistory.org/learn/programs/cemwalk.php.

September 30th, 2018 / 2:00 PM

Evergreen Cemetery Walk- Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

McLean County celebrates 200 years of history this year. Since 1824, people began settling the land that would later become McLean county. The county and its citizens have helped to shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, to producing and training internationally known circus performers. the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worth celebrating.

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed professional actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Public performances are held each Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 and October 6-7, 2018 with two performances daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members,and $5 for children and students with proper I/D.

$2 off public and member tickets when purchased at least 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Casey’s Garden Shop, the Garlic Press, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To mark the special nature of this year’s theme, the Walk will also feature a 45-minute performance by the Brass Band of Central Illinois each day of the weekend tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, BBCI is a traditional brass band based in Bloomington-Normal made up of 30 volunteer musicians who were attracted to the ensemble for its unique sound, instrumentation, and music.

For more information contact education@mchistory.org, call 1 (309) 827-0428, or visit http://www.mchistory.org/learn/programs/cemwalk.php.