We will be closed Monday, December 6 and Monday, December 13 from 2-5pm.

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Friday, December 3

First Friday: Once Upon a Holiday

Starts at 5:00 PM

The Museum will boast festive lighting courtesy of Palace Events, a seasonal StoryWalk from our friends at Bloomington Public Library, eggnog and cider for sipping, selfies with Santa on the Square, and of course the annual lighting of the City of Bloomington Holiday Tree. Venture into the Museum rotunda where it will be merry and bright with live musical performances from Sunshine Bells and Marcos Mendez, holiday-inspired artifact displays, and a make-n-take cocoa bar.

Saturday, December 4

Christmas Under the Dome

Starts at 11:00 AM

Christmas Under the Dome & the Bloomington-Normal Jaycee’s Christmas Parade — Saturday, December 4 from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. Join the Museum and our friends as we welcome in the holiday season as the Grand Marshall of the Bloomington-Normal Jaycee’s Christmas Parade! The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at Kingsley Junior High School in Normal and ends in Downtown Bloomington at the steps of the McLean County Museum of History. Follow the parade Downtown to see the parade floats up close and see Santa disembark for an afternoon of meeting-and-greeting with kids of all ages and the young at heart on the Museum Square.

From the time the parade reaches the Museum Square until 2:00 p.m., join us for Christmas Under the Dome festivities including:

Crafts & Games from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Holiday Book Pop-Up with Bloomington Public Library from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Story Times at 11:45 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Books available for checkout to anyone with a valid library card.

Selfies with Santa from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Live Music: Loving Missionary Baptist Choir (12:15 to 1:00 p.m.) and Sound of Illinois Chorus (1:15 to 2:00 p.m.)

Holiday Artifact Displays All Season

Thanks to our sponsors:
WGLT
Illinois Farm Bureau
MCK CPAs & Advisors
Heartland Bank & Trust
Cumulus Radio Bloomington

Monday, December 6

Museum Closed for Professional Development

Starts at 2:00 PM

The Museum will be closed beginning at 2pm today for staff professional development. If you are needing assistance connecting to the Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk during the time we are closed please contact csummers@mchistory.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thursday, December 9

Zoom Lunch & Learn: McLean County Economic Update Lunch & Learn

Starts at 12:10 PM

On Thursday, December 9 at 12:10 p.m. join the Museum and Illinois Wesleyan University for the fourth Zoom Lunch & Learn of the season. Patrick Hoban, CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, will provide an overview of the recent economic growth in McLean County and outline the future prospects for McLean County.

To register for this Zoom webinar, please visit https://bit.ly/MCMHDecLL. Questions? Please contact the Marketing Department at marketing@mchistory.org. Grab your lunch and join us from where ever you may be! You won’t want to miss this fascinating program.

Saturday, December 11

Zoom Writing the 19th Century in the 21st Century with Greg Koos

Starts at 1:00 PM

Zoom Freedom, Land, and Community: A History of McLean County Illinois, 1730-1900

The Museum is proud to present a program on its forthcoming publication, Freedom, Land, and Community: A History of McLean County Illinois, 1730-1900 by Greg Koos. This free, Zoom webinar will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m. To register, visit https://bit.ly/FLCMCMH21.

Freedom, Land, and Community: A History of McLean County Illinois, 1730
1900 tells the story of the diverse peoples and events of this county. Using sources contemporary with the events described, it relates the struggle to shape the land, build community, and secure freedom as these communities knew and defined it. Native peoples, women and men, African Americans, Irish and German immigrants all sought and contested for their freedom. People whose voices have not been heard in previous works about Central Illinois are included here.

Greg Koos served and led the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois from 1977 to 2016. His work there was recognized with numerous state and national awards. His historical research has been published in the United States and Ireland. Koos lives with his wife, Carol, in his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.

For more information about this program, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at 309-827-0428 or education@mchistory.org. To preorder your copy today, visit bit.ly/KoosBookFLC or call the Visitors Center at 309-827-0428

Monday, December 13

Museum Closed for Professional Development

Starts at 2:00 PM

The Museum will be closed beginning at 2pm today for staff professional development. If you are needing assistance connecting to the Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk during the time we are closed please contact csummers@mchistory.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Friday, December 24

Museum Closed for Christmas Eve

Starts at 9:00 AM

Saturday, December 25

Museum Closed for Christmas Holiday

Starts at 9:00 AM

Monday, December 27

Museum Closed for Christmas Observed

Starts at 9:00 AM

Friday, December 31

Museum Closed for New Years Eve

Starts at 9:00 AM