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360 Degree Video -- Lincoln in Downtown Bloomington

Strap on your VR headset (or watch on your smart phone or desktop computer) and join Greg Koos on a tour of Abraham Lincoln sites in downtown Bloomington! This is a 6-part video. Tour lasts approx. 45 minutes.

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Adlai Today

Adlai Today

What challenges did Adlai Stevenson II face during his life? What were his responses? Are the issues and challenges he faced then still present today? The answer is yes! And because Stevenson's ideals remain relevant today, he is frequently mentioned in today's media. Adlai Today examines the references made to Stevenson in current issues in news stories. Explore this website to find out more about this inspirational political figure who called Bloomington home.

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Google Cultural Institute

See high resolution digital photographs of the paintings from our collection at the Google Cultural Institute 

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HistoryPin

See hundreds of historic photos on our HistoryPin page! You can browse the images by location on a map or listed by date. Some photos taken outside have been lined up with Google Street View so you can compare history with today.

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Interactive Map -- Schoolhouses in McLean County

See sites of early schoolhouses throughout the county, including photos and descriptions, on this interactive map.

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Online Resources

For additional information on local people, places, and events throughout our history, visit our "Research" page. Here you can find links to biographies from past cemetery walk characters, hundreds of finding aids from collections such as the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project, the Interurban Railroad, and much more!

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QR Code Smart Phone Tour of Downtown Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington IL

Learn about downtown Bloomington's rich history through its buildings.

Look for the QR codes that have been placed in the windows of historically significant buildings around downtown. There are 23 buildings on this tour, which can be visited in any order. Alternatively, visit the sites from your computer by visiting the website!

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