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Thursday, August 29

A History of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Starts at 7:00 PM
205 E. Olive Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

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 25th Anniversary Cemetery Walk this year and view a clip from a previous year’s Walk. The program will be held in the Community Room at Bloomington Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 31

Meandering McLean County and its Agricultural History Bus Trip

Starts at 9:00 AM

Back by popular demand, we invite you to join Don Meyer, ag historian and guest curator for the Museum’s new Farming in the Great Corn Belt permanent exhibit, and Museum Librarian and local historian Bill Kemp, this time for a bus trip exploring the nooks and crannies of eastern McLean County on Saturday, August 31.

Come time travel with us as we drive Eastern McLean County through one of the nation’s major corn and soybean areas.  Roadside discussion stops will take us through or near Bentown; the Twin Grove Wind Farm; Cooksville, Cropsey; Bellflower (where we will have our lunch in the community center); the Grand Village of the Kickapoo; LeRoy; and Stumptown, all without leaving McLean County!  Besides the day’s historic theme, McLean County agriculture and geography will be featured along our way.

The cost per person is $45 for members of the Museum and $55 for the general public. The trip includes transportation by Peoria Charter Coach to all sites, boxed lunch, and bottled water. The trip will leave the McLean County Museum of History promptly at 8:30 a.m. (please park in the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street), and arrive back at the Museum at approximately 5:00 p.m. Box lunch choices are either Ham and Swiss sandwich, Turkey and Cheddar sandwich, or Veggie Delight sandwich. Box lunches also include chips, cookie, and whole fruit. Seating is limited to 50 passengers, with a minimum of 28 people required to secure the motor coach. Registration is due by August 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Registration can be made by calling the Museum at 309-827-0428 or emailing the Education Department at education@mchistory.org. Payment can be made via all major credit cards or by check (payable to MCMH). Phone orders by credit card are accepted as well. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

For more information about this tour or to register to participate, please contact the Education Department at (309) 827-0428 or education@mchistory.org. We hope that you will join us for another excursion exploring our farming heritage!