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

Saturday, September 8
Starts at 1:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

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.

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.

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