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					                                On The                                   Square
                                             The Quarterly Newsletter for the
                                      McLean County Museum of History
                                         Volume 39, Number 4                 December, January, February, 2007-08




  Happy Holidays


                                       From the Museum Board and Staff

C&A Union Depot                                                                  Inside this issue:

                                                                                 Staffing News . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
This lovely wintertime representation of the Chicago & Alton passenger
                                                                                 New Girl Scout Badge Program . . . . . 3
station was painted by Robert Auth, an artist who grew up in                     New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Bloomington but now lives in Idaho. This painting served as his 2005             Vietnam Exhibit Guest Curator . . . . 4
Christmas card.                                                                  Focus on Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   In 1931, during the Great Depression, his family moved from Clinton,          College Interns Gain Experience . . . 6-7
                                                                                 Cemetery Walk Biggest Ever . . . . . . 7
IL to Bloomington. They lived in a house on Morris Ave., about two-and-
                                                                                 Evergreen Cemetery Discover Walk . . 8-9
a-half blocks from the depot. The family opened a grocery store on the           Calendar of Events . . . . . . . 10-11
corner of Market St. and Hinshaw Ave. “The story of the survival of our          Special Thanks to Evergreen Volunteers . . 11
grocery store for the next few years can best be described as a ‘roller coast-   Corporate Relations . . . . . . . . . . 11
er ride,’” Robert recalled. “These were tough, Depression years, when fam-       Staff Profile . . . . . . . . . . . 12
                                                                                 Volunteer Help Wanted . . . . . . . . 12
ilies had to be resourceful and pull together to make ends meet and keep
                                                                                 Doing Well by Doing Good . . . . . . . . 13
the home fires burning . . . literally! For those first few years, my older      Livingston’s Santas at Christmas . . . . 14
brother Phil and I regularly pulled our small wagon over the tracks, seen        New to the Collection . . . . . . 14-15
here at the far end of the coaches, to hustle chunks of coal that had fall-      Donated Campaign Cards. . . . . . . . 15
en or were thrown from engine tenders.” (continued on page 3)                    Mystery History Quiz . . . . . . . . . 16
On The Square                                                      Staffing News
Quarterly Newsletter                                   The museum is truly blessed with its ability to attract talented young
    Volume 39, Number 4, 2007                        people to work in the field of local history. Those who choose to work with
                                                     us are dedicated, idealistic and intelligent, with a desire to make McLean
                                                     County a better place to live. We are pleased to announce the following:
                                                        Candace Summers appointed Director of Education. After a national
                  Edited by                          search the museum found the best candidate for
             Susan Hartzold                          Director of Education in it’s own back yard.
            & Bill LaBounty                          Candace Summers, previously our Education
                                                     Program Coordinator, was appointed to the position
                                                     on September 17. Candace has truly worked her
                                                     way up the ladder. She started as a public programs
                                                     intern in the summer of 2005. She came to us with
McLean County Museum of History an impressive resume including a MA in History
200 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone (309) 827-0428           Fax (309) 827-0100 from ISU and experience in museum education at
              www.McHistory.org                      Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Southern
                      HOURS                          Indiana.
Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri. & Sat.       10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday                              10 a.m.-9 p.m.      Graham Cowger appointed Manager of Development Relations.
Sunday (Sept.-May)                     1 p.m.-5 p.m.
                                                     Graham Cowger was appointed Manager of
                      STAFF
Greg Koos, Executive Director                        Development Relations on October 11. Graham
Susan Hartzold, Curator of Collections and Exhibits comes to the museum with two years experience as
Mary Anne Schierman, Dir. of Volunteers and Interns
Bill Kemp, Librarian/Archivist                       Development Coordinator for Peace Action in
Jeff Woodard, Dir. of Marketing & Comm. Affairs
Candace Summers, Director of Education
                                                     Washington D.C., where he managed their mem-
Graham Cowger, Mgr. of Development Operations bership program. Prior to that he served as a Peace
George Perkins, Assistant Librarian/Archivist
Terri Clemens, Registrar                             Action Field Manager for door-to-door solicitation.
Rachael Masa, Education Program Coordinator          Graham is experienced in asking people for support!
Kay Abbott, Office Manager
Harlan Fuller, Bookkeeper                            He is looking forward to joining our Tuesday night
Betty Turchirollo, Volunteer Assistant
Trisha Woods, Weekend Coordinator                    jam session, as his family enjoys Bluegrass jams in
                    OFFICERS
                                                     their home in Michigan.
Michael G. Matejka, President                            Rachael Masa has been appointed Education
Robert Watkins, First Vice President
Mark Dunn, Second Vice President                     Program Coordinator. She started October 29. An
Nancy Froelich, Secretary                            ISU graduate she first experienced the museum as a
Peter Borowski, Treasurer
Carol Struck, Immediate Past President               resource for geographical field studies. After gradu-
                   DIRECTORS
                                                     ation Rachael worked in environmental education
Craig Alexander              Russel Francois         and interpretation. She interned at Yosemite
Carl Behr                    Mark Gibson
John Bowles III              Sandra Harmon           National Park and taught environmental programs
Al Bowman                    John B. Meek            in New Hampshire and Illinois. After a memorable
Roger Bridges                Pam Muirhead
Willie Brown                 Benjamin Rhodes         trip to the Amazon, she developed an independent
Fred Dolan                   Mike Sweeney
David Dorris                 Richard Wilson          interpretative school program, “The Rain Forest
Rob Fazzini                  Carolyn Yockey          Lady.”
               PAST PRESIDENTS                           Scott Callan takes development position in New York. Scott Callan,
David Ashbrook               Don Skaggs
Fred Dolan                   Steve Wannemacher       who has served as Manager of Development Operations since 2004, has
Edward B. Jelks              Chuck Wright            accepted a position in Development at Cornell University. He leaves here
Benjamin J. Rhodes           Carol Struck
Wayne Rogers                                         to join his wife Anna, who is working on her PhD in Ornithology. During
             DIRECTORS EMERITI
                                                     Scott’s time here he reorganized the donor database and, in partnership
Barbara Allsup               James A. Stahly         with the development committee, developed a corporate relations pro-
David Ashbrook               Steve Wannemacher
Maryfern Bartrum             Lloyd Watkins           gram that included membership and sponsorship opportunities. His last
Edward B. Jelks              Chuck Wright            effort is working with his successor to ensure a smooth transition.
Davis Merwin

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                                                                            (Happy Holidays - continued from
   New Girl Scout Badge Program                                             page 1 ) The painging features the
  The McLean County Museum of History is now offering new educa-            C&A’s “Red Hummer.”
tional programming to help local girl and boy scout troops                     Robert has fond memories of the
earn badges. One of the new scout programs the                              grand old station. “The building
Museum now offers is the Scouting Out History Fun                           was always warm with large, long
Patch. This patch can be earned by troops who sched-                        bench seats, a café, and a news-
ule a guided visit to do any one of the Museum's                            stand where nickel candy bars,
existing educational programs. After completing one                         tobacco, and other items were
of our guided programs, each scout in the troop will                        sold. Along the west wall of the
receive the Museum's Fun Patch. This program typi-                          spacious lobby was a grouping of
cally lasts from sixty to ninety minutes and is FREE!                       penny candy and gum machines.
  The Museum now also offers programs that help girl                        As neither of my siblings shared
scouts earn actual girl scout badges for FREE! With the help and con-       my fascination for the great old
sultation of Katie Holtzman, outdoor education program delivery coor-       steam engines, I would regularly
dinator of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, the education department    tarry to wait for the trains and the
has developed and implemented new programs which are designed to            baggage wagons.”
help brownie and junior girl scouts earn one of four history related          Sadly, the C&A Union Depot,
badges. Brownies can earn the following badges: Careers; Listening to       built in 1913, was demolished in
the Past; Puppets, Dolls and Plays; or Stitch it Together. Juniors can      1997.
earn the following badges: Careers; Local Lore; Toymaker; or Yarn and
Fabric Arts. While earning these badges, the girl scouts will learn about
famous women of McLean County's past, toys and games of the past,
fabric arts throughout history, and much, much more! Each badge pro-
gram requires a minimum of two and a half hours to complete all of the
activities necessary for the scouts to earn these badges.                   The McLean County
                                                                             Historical Society
                                                                            Welcomes these New
                                                                                 Members
                                                                            A-1 Restoration
  These new educational programs have been developed in response to         Mr. and Mrs. Davis W. Anderson
requests from local scout groups. They also help the museum reach out       DJ’s Painting
to new and underserved groups in our community. While some scout            Mr. Ed Eisenberg
troops have utilized the educational resources of the Museum in the         Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gilbert
past, many more of the troops in the area have never been to the            Mr. David G. Haake
Museum or used it's resources. One reason for this is that scouts have      Mr. and Mrs. Bob Jackson
strict badge requirements. Many of the existing educational programs        Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keeran
which the Museum already offers did not meet or fulfill the require-        Ms. Linda Limer
ments of most scout badges.                                                 Wally & Jeanie Morse
  The Museum is already getting a great response to these new pro-          Mr. and Mrs. John Rexroad
grams. The education department plans to expand badge offerings to          Mr. Jon Robinson
include more brownie and junior badges and some badges for older girl       Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth
scouts. We also hope to create more opportunities for boy scout troops       Shoemaker
in the near future as well.                                                 Dr. and Mrs. Virgil Short
  For more information on our badge programs or to schedule one, con-       Ms. Adrienne Simms
tact the education department by calling (309) 827-0428 or via email at     Mr. Martin Smith
                                                                            Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Spicer
education@mchistory.org.
                                                                            Mr. Jon C. Thomas

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              Vietnam Exhibit’s Guest Curator Tells of Experience.
  Illinois State University assistant                                          standards of scholarship and com-
professor of history Dr. Ross                                                  munity input, and often tight time
Kennedy spent the last three years                                             constraints. It was an interesting
working with museum staff and                                                  and challenging experience.”
volunteers to help develop the                                                   Dr. Kennedy has high hopes for
upcoming exhibit A Turbulent                                                   the exhibit. “I hope that visitors
Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam                                              come away with a better sense of
War. Originally from San Jose,                                                 the difficult choices faced by
California, Kennedy earned his                                                 Americans who lived through the
undergraduate degree and doctor-                                               Vietnam War – choices faced by
ate at University of California                                                U.S. leaders in deciding to inter-
Berkeley. He spent the following                                               vene in the war and persist in it for
two years at the Johns Hopkins                            Dr. Ross Kennedy     so long and choices made by the
University-Nanjing University                                                  ordinary citizens of McLean
Center for Chinese-American             tory book or article, involved gath-   County over whether or not to sup-
Studies located in Nanjing, China.      ering primary and secondary            port the policy of intervention. I
In 2002 he joined the staff of ISU’s    sources and then putting them          also think visitors will get an
history department and moved to         together into a coherent analytical    understanding of the tremendous
Bloomington with his wife, Larissa,     narrative.” Dr. Kennedy also found     cost of the war to the people of
a specialist in Chinese literature      differences in the project. He espe-   Vietnam and to the United States.
and history, and two daughters,         cially liked having staff and intern   Perhaps most importantly, I hope
Sidney, age 7, and Eliot, age 4.        assistance with the research. “The     visitors will be inspired to learn
  When asked to work with the           narrative itself also turned out to    more about the conflict and about
museum on the Vietnam exhibit,          be very different from my usual        their responsibility as citizens in a
Kennedy recalls, “I was immediate-      experience, because it was aimed at    democracy to pay attention to their
ly interested because it seemed to      such a wide, and non-specialist,       nation’s foreign policy.”
me to be a chance to educate a          audience. Finally, getting feedback      When asked what he thinks of
wide audience about some of the         on an evolving project from a com-     the final product Kennedy
complexity involved with the            munity advisory committee was          responded, “I think the outcome
Vietnam War. I also was eager to        very new for me. The greatest          looks very good. Susan did a fabu-
learn more about the community I        challenge lay in understanding         lous job pulling everything togeth-
had recently made my home. The          how closely the text of the exhibit    er and fleshing out the ideas she
only hesitation I had involved my       has to be clearly tied to the images   and I put a lot of work into devel-
concern that the project might          and artifacts. Getting the language    oping. I think it will be a great
take too much time away from the        just right was hard to do, and         exhibit. I enjoyed working on it
book manuscript I have been work-       Susan’s help was crucial in getting    and look forward to participating
ing on.” [The book, The Will to         it done. It was also hard to weave     in the various program events that
Believe: Woodrow Wilson, World          in analytical points without being     will accompany it during its three
War I, and America’s Strategy for       so text heavy that visitors would be   year run.”
Peace and Security, is currently in     put off by the exhibit.”                 Dr. Kennedy will speak about
production       at   Kent     State      Dr. Kennedy found the process        how the U.S. became involved in
University Press and will come out      “very illuminating, as I had never     the affairs of Southeast Asia, the
in late 2008 or early 2009.]            really considered how public histo-    impact of the War in the United
  Like many past guest curators,        ry exhibits were put together          States and how McLean County
Kennedy had never worked on an          before. The demands on the cura-       residents responded to the War in
exhibit before. “In some ways the       tor are more diverse than I had        an opening lecture on Saturday
process was the same – research for     imagined, as one has to juggle         January 26, 2008 at 11am.
the exhibit, like research for a his-   analysis and visual presentation,
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                                    Focus on Volunteers
   Carol Herdien began                                                         Great Depression, She
working as a museum vol-                                                       remembers her grandmoth-
unteer more than 10                                                            er feeding homeless men
years ago. Since then she                                                      who came to the backdoor
has worked in both the                                                         of their apartment on the
collection and exhibit                                                         north side and beggars on
areas, helping to docu-                                                        almost every corner in
ment the history of both                                                       downtown Chicago.
artifacts and individuals.                                                       In 2005 she began work on
 Prior to becoming a vol-                                                      the Vietnam oral history
unteer she worked as a                                                         project, completing 30+
stenographer for the                                                           transcriptions that took
Northern Trust Bank in                                                         more than 160 hours. One
Chicago making $125.00                                                         especially difficult inter-
per month. That was in                                                         view took 21 hours to tran-
1948. She remembers                                                            scribe. Some interviewees
the “huge IBM electric                                                         got very emotional, some-
typewriter in the steno-                                                       times breaking down as
graphic area.” During her                                                      they described their diffi-
many jobs transcribing                                                         cult experiences. “At times,
information she experi-                       Carol Herdien                    listening to the interviews
enced the transformation                                                       became so hard I had to
of equipment from big wax cylin- handwritten index cards into the stop and catch my breath,” she said.
ders, to Dictaphone belts, to tran- new database. Many of the cards      Now Carol is transcribing inter-
scribing machines, tape recorders described objects she had used dur- views for the foodways oral history
and now CDs. After taking 20 ing her lifetime. Transferring the project which explores the prac-
years off to raise four children, data took Carol back in time and tices of getting, preparing, and
Carol was surprised to find type- enabled her to enjoy her love of serving food in McLean County in
writer carriages that returned history through the stories of oth- the 19th and early 20th centuries.
themselves when she returned to ers.       Carol continued this work “Oh, this topic is by far my
work.         Now      living    in until November of 2001 when she favorite! It makes my mouth
Bloomington, Carol interviewed decided to move to Pontiac to be water,” she said. So far she has
local attorneys and transcribed closer to family. She said good-bye completed 19 tapes for a total of
their histories for the McLean and thought her volunteer days at 164 hours. Some subjects and loca-
County Bar Association. She also the Museum had ended. But in tions covered are Funk’s•             Grove
wrote the history of the United 2002, curator Susan Hartzold called Syrup Making, Casey’s Market
Methodist Church. She then and asked if she would be interest- Basket,              the    Garlic    Press,
worked as a secretary in the legal ed in transcribing some oral history Lancaster’s and the Grand Café.
department at the Illinois Farm interviews for the exhibit Journey She especially enjoyed Myra
Bureau, retiring in 1995.           through the Great Depression. A Gordon’s interview about the
   One day at church, volunteers transcription machine was picked annual Jewish Food Fair.
Bruce and Ethlyn Yount recom- up and tapes arrived in the mail.          With 917 hours under her belt,
mended volunteering at the Carol started transcribing. Once Carol hopes to continue to tran-
McLean County Museum of again she was contributing a valu- scribe other’s stories.
History. During the summer of able service to the Museum.
1996 Carol started in the collec-     This project brought back many
tions department where she memories for Carol. Born in
entered data from hundreds of 3 x 5 Chicago at the beginning of the

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       College Interns Gain Hands On Experience in Museum Field
  Each semester the staff enjoys the                                          jobs in a museum and helped him
enthusiasm and energy of university                                           to focus his career ideas and goals.
students exploring their interests in the                                     As Jay assists with the many pro-
museum field. Some approach it with                                           grams the education department is
a desire to know how a museum func-                                           developing he is learning how his
tions. Others come knowing they                                               love and knowledge of history fits
want to work in a museum. All are                                             into the real world.
anxious to learn new skills and share
new ideas. This semester five students
are working at the Museum.




                                                           Amy Stringwell
                                        ISU Anthropology major Amy
                                      Stringwell is applying her enthusi-
                                      asm for people and life to a public
                                      programs internship in the educa-
                                      tion department. In this position
                                      she is gaining experience working                    Jay Sobczak
                                      on the many details involved with
                                      producing a large scale community
                                      outreach event such as           the
         Carli Torchia
                                      Evergreen Cemetery Discovery
  As a student in the School of Walk and the Museum’s annual
Communication at ISU, Carli holiday program, Christmas at the
Torchia knew she wanted to gain Courthouse. She is developing edu-
experience in marketing. This cational and fun crafts centered on
semester her project includes this year’s theme of “Christmas
auditing all the 2007 marketing around the World.” The crafts will
tactics that contributed to the suc- represent different cultures and
cess of programs and exhibits. countries throughout the world so
Included is an analysis of the ways children get a sense of cultural
the Museum distributes informa- diversity and traditions unlike their
tion, forms and sustains relation- own. She is excited about the expe-
ships, creates a positive image for riences that are giving her a real life
                                                                                                  Stephanie Lechert
itself and spends money on pro- look at the museum field and its
grams and events. The final sum- many possibilities.                            The foodways project is uncover-
mary lists completed long-range         Jay Sobczak is not sure what he       ing food practices and traditions in
goals and goals for the future. Carli will do with his degree in history.     McLean County from 1830 to
hopes to produce a product of pro- But his public programs internship         about 1960. ISU•   historic archaeol-
fessional and exceptional work. is providing opportunities to learn           ogy master degree student
This internship gives her the expe- teamwork and the essentials for           Stephanie Lechert’s research goals
rience she needs to verify her inter- producing a successful multi-           for this project are to locate infor-
est in pursuing a position in media faceted       outreach      program.      mation in ads and articles from the
relations or marketing for a compa- Interviewing the staff has given          local press which helps to trace the
ny or non-profit organization.        him good knowledge of the many          changes in the food habits of this

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county since its founding. As she                       anthropology student he is apply- Exploring our Food Experience.
examines newspapers she is docu-                        ing skills learned in the classroom
menting the changes. The photo-                         by traveling to McLean County
graphs and scans of ads are very                        township libraries to gather infor-
helpful in demonstrating the pro-                       mation on this subject. Bryan is
ject’s focus. Through this intern-                      learning interviewing techniques,
ship Stephanie is gaining the expe-                     research skills, archiving skills and
rience in background research                           exhibit development practices. He
required to create a museum exhib-                      knows that all of these skills can be
it, and understanding how research                      applied to a business or museum
drives an exhibit’s creation. As she                    setting. His internship involves a
continues her coursework at ISU,                        great deal of planning, organiza-
her research skills are expanding                       tion and administration. His work
the Museum’s knowledge of this                          and the work of other interns con-
subject area and helping her hone                       ducting research for the foodways
in on her career goals.                                 project will culminate in a new
  Bryan Alvarez is also working on                      exhibit guest curated by Dr. Robert
                                                                                              Bryan Alvarez
the foodways project. As an                             Dirks titled A Satisfying Taste:

     Thirteenth Annual Cemetery Walk Our Biggest Ever!
  The thirteenth anniversary of the Museum’s largest                                  group leading, ticket sales, front office work, stage
outreach educational program captured the attention                                   hand and parking assistance. The professionalism and
of 1,440 weekend visitors and 2,590 students, teachers                                knowledge of this event’s volunteers make it a unique
and parent chaperones during eight beautiful autumn                                   experience for all who attend.
days this year. The total number of visitors was 4,030                                  We thank our partners, the staff and Board of Trustees
- the largest attendance in this event’s history.                                     of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery and the director of
   This year’s Walk celebrated the Sesquicentennial                                   Illinois Voices Theater Judy Brown for their loyalty and
anniversary of Illinois State University by featuring                                 commitment to this project. The quality of the portrayals
characters affiliated with ISU. The characters ranged                                 remained consistent through each of the actor’s 169 per-
from teachers to founders and from students to staff.                                 formances. Their talent is a contributing factor to the
Each told a unique story connected to ISU’s history.                                  overall praise given by visitors each year. We’re especially
  Sixty-seven volunteers gave 1,370 hours in character                                grateful to Illinois State University, Busey Bank and all
research, tour-guide script writing, tour guide training,                             the other donors to the event, whose financial and in-
                                                                                                           kind contributions helped make the
                                                                                                           program a success!
                                                                                                             Thank you to all who served and
                                                                                                           attended the thirteenth anniversary
                                                                                                           of this award-winning event.
                                                                                                           Without your continued support,
                                                                                                           this program could not be presented
                                                                                                           to the junior high, high school and
                                                                                                           college students who attend each
                                                                                                           year from the Tri-county area.
                                                                                                              THANK YOU!
                                                                                                              Candace Summers
                                                                                                              Director of Education
Cemetery walk staff and actors let off a little steam prior to the first performance.
Back: Kari Beth Rust, Todd Wineburner,Michael Pullin, John Kirk, Peg Kirk, Rhys Lovell, David Wade Brown.     Mary Anne Schierman
Middle: Alexis Wood, Barbara Becicka, Kathleen Kirk, Char Fesler, Mary Anne Schierman. Front: Donna Anhalt,   Director of Volunteers and Interns
Judy Brown, Candace Summers

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    Evergreen Cemete
      Discovery Walk
          2007




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   McLean County Museum of History
    Calendar of Events for December 2007, January and February 2008

Through May 25, 2008
Presence, Pride & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County. Since
their arrival in the 1830s, African Americans have helped to shape this community. Their
strong drive for independence, their actions against racial injustices, and their desire to cel-
ebrate the uniqueness of their culture are explored in this groundbreaking exhibit.


December 1, 2007     11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Christmas at the Courthouse- Christmas Around the World. Come and see how different cultures cele-
brate Christmas. Enjoy holiday music, homemade cookies, ethnic crafts and a multicultural St. Nicholas for
the kids.


                                    December 24 and 25, 2007
                                    Museum Closed for Christmas Holiday.


                                    December 31, 2007 and January 1, 2008
                                    Museum Closed for New Year’s Holiday.


January 8, 2008     11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunchtime Concert. Remember those lovely summer afternoons on the lawn listening to music? Join the
excitement INSIDE the Museum for concerts by local musicians for FREE. Bring your brown bag and enjoy
the tunes!


January 26th, 2008 through August 7, 2010
A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War This exhibit explores
the complex ways McLean County residents perceived and responded to this
crucial 20th century event. Questions that will be answered by this exhibit
include: How and why did the U. S. Government get involved in Vietnam?
How did local citizens and those serving in Vietnam initially feel about the
war?•• How did feelings change as the war intensified? And why did U.S.
involvement continue, even after anti-war protests escalated and the general
public demanded an end?


Saturdays beginning January 26, 2008 until August 2010
Support our Veterans. As a way of supporting area veterans in need, every Saturday during the run of the
Vietnam exhibit, visitors may bring in any item listed below for admission which will be donated to patients
and residents of the Department of Veterans Affairs Danville Medical Center. New and unused items
which can be donated are the following (no hotel items please): spray deodorant, mouthwash, hairbrushes,


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combs, liquid hand soap, body powder, tooth paste, tooth brush, shaving cream, pre-shave lotion, after-
shave, disposable razors, stationary kits, paperback puzzle books (large print is preferred), playing cards, t-
shirts, and socks. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

January 26, 2008      11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Curators Lecture: A Turbulent Time: Perspectives of the Vietnam War. Guest curator Dr.
Ross Kennedy will discuss how the United States became embroiled in the affairs in South
East Asia, the impact of the war on the U.S., and how McLean County citizens responded
to the war. Refreshments provided

February 12, 2008   11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunchtime Concert. Remember those lovely summer afternoons on the lawn listening to music? Join the
excitement INSIDE the Museum for concerts by local musicians for FREE. Bring your brown bag and enjoy
the tunes!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 at 7:00pm in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom
Leadership development and motivational speaker Eleanor Towns will present her program
“Every Tub’s Gotta’ Sit On Its Own Bottom: My Unofficial Guide To ‘Work.’” Ms.
Towns’ funny and frank presentation will focus on enumerating the unofficial “rules” of the
modern workplace through stories about local businesses and community leaders and exam-
ples from the real world of work. A light hors d’oeuvre reception will be held from 6:30 to
7:00 p.m. before her presentation.

          Special Thanks to our 2007 Discovery Walk Volunteers
Tour Guides:           Elaine Hill            Nadine Prall            Carolyn Yockey          Flora Foltz
Jim Anderson           Judy Hines             Kay Ramseyer            Mary Kay Zeter          Don Fox
Mary Anderson          Scott Johnson          Mary Scott                                      Joann Hart
Marilyn Aucutt         Jana Kiefer            Bob Scott               Box Office and          James Keeran
Mike DeVore            Julie Kistler          Vickie Smith            General Assistants:     Carole Knipp
Carol Fox              Nola Marquardt         Carol Straka            Teresa Arendell         Kay Liebenow
Denise Fries           Mary McClintock        Phylis VerSteegh        Jerry Armstrong         Gene Murray
Diana Hauman           Amy Miller             Joanne Weed             Jim Armstrong           Marcy Parsons
Diane Hawk             Judith Myers           Amy Wiens               Diana Behnke            Joyce Schneider
Kay Henrichs           Victor Palomino        Doug Williamson         Carl Behr               Jay Sobczak

    Corporate Relations at the McLean County Museum of History
  Entering its third year in existence, the museum's Corporate Relations program has developed into one of the
most important ways we match up the interests of our community's corporate leaders to the museum's pro-
grams and exhibits. We've made great strides in establishing the program, attracting businesses both large and
small for membership and sponsorship opportunities. Our growth as a museum is due in no small measure to
the support we receive from McLean County's bustling corporate community.
  The upcoming winter and spring seasons bring a whole new slate of opportunities for those businesses will-
ing to step up and support museum activities. The upcoming exhibits A Turbulent Time: Perspectives on the
Vietnam War, Gifts to the Prairie: Prestele Botanical Prints, and an exhibit on McLean County foodways are
all currently open for corporate sponsorship. If our award-winning track record with exhibits is any indica-
tion, these three upcoming exhibits will reach many in our community and will help us continue interpreting
the history of McLean County in an engaging, thoughtful way. If you have interest in supporting the muse-
um's exhibits, programs, and services, please contact us at (309) 827-0428 for information on the support and
marketing opportunities we can provide your business.

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                                      before taking the position of office         two great children and grandchil-
   Staff Profile                      manager in 2002.                             dren. Our daughter, Liann lives in
                                      What are your duties here at the             here in Bloomington. Brian and his
                                      Museum? My job involves han-                 wife Stacey live in Florida and are
                                      dling bills and processing pay-              parents of our 2 year old grand-
                                      ments. I also assist the executive           daughter, and 2 month old grand-
                                      director and accountant by typing            son.
                                      letters and reports and tracking a           Do you have any hobbies? I like to
                                      variety of information. I also order         do needlework - sewing, crochet-
                                      and obtain supplies for the museum           ing, embroidery and cross-stitch.
                                      store.                                       My grandmother firmly believed
                                      What’s the best part of your job?            that every young lady had to know
                                      Watching and learning from and               how to sew and crochet, and made
                                      about the awesome exhibits and               sure that I learned to do so. My fun
                                      related programs created by our              new project is a wardrobe for our
                                      professional staff. The quantity             granddaughter’s doll. I also enjoy
            Kay Abbott                and quality of work put together             just relaxing. Sitting down and
                                      within the constraints is beyond             playing the piano is a great stress
How did you end up working at         impressive for a museum of our size.         reliever. I also like to read, though
the museum, how long have you         Tell us about your family? My                I must confess that history is not
been here, and what did you do        husband Wayne is now retired from            usually one of the topics I explore.
before working here? My profes-       the Normal Fire Department, and              I also have a number of scrap-
sional education is as a registered   works at State Farm as a Safety              book/photo albums projects.
nurse. I worked in Chicago and        Specialist. We’ve been blessed with
Bloomington for a number of years.                         On the Square Newsletter Sponsored by
I started working as a museum vol-
unteer in 1998, working at the
reception desk, and later in the
development and volunteer offices


                                      Volunteer Help Wanted
Reception Desk Volunteers – Weekend shifts need-               historical research, and also shelve books and answer
ed. In this position, the volunteer is the official            phone calls. A complete training is provided with
greeter and Museum representative. The reception               experienced volunteers and materials. Volunteers are
desk assistant greets visitors, and gives them a brief         needed for all shifts. The Director of Volunteers works
introduction to the Museum. They also answer the               with your schedule and availability.
phone, take brief messages for staff, and answer gener-        Education Outreach Volunteers (EOV) – Education
al questions. A complete training is provided. In this         Outreach Volunteers are trained to assist the Director
interesting position, you meet visitors from all over          of Education and the Education Program Coordinator
the world. Reception desk assistants are asked to serve        with school tours. This is a very flexible volunteer
two four-hour shifts per month. The Director of                opportunity. You are called to assist as the need arises.
Volunteers and Interns works with your schedule and            The average time commitment is usually two hours.
availability.                                                  Education volunteers work with children of all ages,
Library Reference Assistants – In this position, you           but primarily pre-school through junior high school. A
assist visitors using the library for genealogical and         complete training and all materials are provided.
Are you interested in meeting people in an exciting atmosphere and contributing to your community?
Please call Mary Anne Schierman, Director of Volunteers and Interns, (827-0428) to receive informa-
tion on the volunteer program.

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                                                                                             performance of the investments in their
Doing Well by Doing Good:                                                                    trust, properly devised charitable lead
Charitable Gifts in Estate Plans Deliver Tax Savings and Fulfill Philanthropic Wishes        trusts allow them to keep an asset in the
                                                                                             family while minimizing taxes. This is
  Individuals who create an estate plan can feel a sense of great satisfaction and peace     done by paying income to a chosen chari-
of mind that their loved ones will be able to live comfortably after their deaths.           ty for a number of years before passing
Likewise, by including gifts to a charity or special cause in an estate plan, they can be    along the principal to their heirs. The
assured that their philanthropic wishes will continue to be fulfilled after they are gone.   "lead" distinction comes from the charity
The benefits of charitable giving extend beyond the direct benefits to a worthy organi-      having the first, or lead interest.
zation - they also reduce estate taxes.                                                        Conversely, charitable remainder trusts
 The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (the Act) gradual-            work by paying trust income to family
ly eliminates federal estate taxes by increasing the amount that is exempt over a period     members for a period of time (up to the
of several years. However, these favorable conditions will likely be short-lived. Under      lifetime of a beneficiary) before the prin-
a "sunset" provision in the law, additional legislative action will be needed to extend      cipal is given to the designated charitable
the Act past 2010, meaning that estate taxes will likely repealed only for those taxpay-     organization. This type of trust is attrac-
ers who die between 2009 and 2010.                                                           tive because it provides a steady stream of
  As the old saying goes, the only certain things in life are death and taxes, and the       current income to family members or
short time frame afforded to take advantage of the Act proves this adage to be true.         other heirs. Depending on which trust
Instead of relying on the Act to shield them from unnecessary taxes, individuals             you choose, the dollar value of the lead or
should carefully plan their estates, which may allow them to deduct the full amount of       remainder interest produces the estate tax
a charitable gift from the value of their taxable estate.                                    charitable deduction.
  If charitable giving is important to you, there are many options available to maximize                   Donating Property
your tax savings as well as the positive impact your donation can make for a chosen            Another charitable giving option that
cause. Depending on the size of your estate and the nature of your wishes, plans vary        rewards donors with attractive tax bene-
in their distribution of funds among beneficiaries, payment methods, and levels of           fits is the gift of property. From real estate
commitment required.                                                                         and stocks to art, jewelry, and cash, a
                                   An Outright Bequest                                       charitable gift of property provides certain
  When the amount of a planned gift is relatively small, or if you do not wish to attach     current income tax deductions, reduces or
any conditions or stipulations to your donation, an outright bequest in your will is the     eliminates capital gains taxes for appreci-
simplest way to make a charitable gift. This type of gift only requires a short paragraph    ated property, lessens the cost of the
in your will that names the beneficiary and states the amount of the gift.                   donation, imposes no transfer taxes, and
                      Retirement Fund and Life Insurance Options                             removes any future appreciation of the
  Properly naming a favorite charity as a beneficiary of funds held in an IRA or             donated property from your taxable
employer-sponsored retirement plan can provide double tax savings. The gift can be           estate.
deducted from your estate tax, and the charitable recipient is not required to pay             Preparing an estate plan that includes a
income taxes on it. Likewise, proceeds from life insurance policies can be an advanta-       function for charitable giving ensures that
geous tool for charitable giving - they are not subject to income or estate taxes and        support for a cause you care deeply about
ensure that the charity receives 100 percent of the gift. Bequeathing the proceeds of a      will continue after your death, but can
life insurance policy to charity may allow you to give much more than you would oth-         also provide significant tax savings while
erwise be able to afford, and as long as you pay the policy premiums, the charity could      you are living. The changes in estate tax
receive the proceeds when you die.                                                           law, and the conversion back to pre-2001
                                     Charitable Trusts                                       rules after 2010 increases the need for
  Charitable trusts represent an option for those wishing to donate substantial assets to    careful planning. An estate planning
charity and come in a variety of forms. For those who are optimistic about the future        attorney and financial advisor can help
                                                                                             you develop and implement a charitable
Last summer, the most sweeping reform of this nation's pension laws in more                  giving plan that fulfills your wishes for
than 30 years was signed into law - the Pension Protection Act of 2006. An                   "doing good" and maximizes your ability
important provision of this Act provides a limited opportunity (through 2007) to             to "do well" at the same time.
make Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) directly from your IRA to a qual-
ified charitable organization                                                                By Larry Clipp, a Client Advisor for the
The act:                                                                                     Private Client Group at National City.
   Allows individuals age 70½ or older to make QCDs of up to $100,000 in 2007.
                                                                                             To ensure compliance with IRS requirements, we inform
These distributions will not be included in the individual's gross income.                   you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained herein is
    Provides that any QCDs made in a taxable year apply toward an individual's               not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used,
Required Minimum Distributions for the year.                                                 for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be
                                                                                             imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or for the
                                                                                             purpose of promoting, marketing, or recommending any
This generous provision is set to expire at the end of this year unless Congress             transaction or matter addressed herein.
acts to extend the law. If you are 70½ or older, own one or more IRAs and are
charitably inclined to give, don't let this opportunity slip by!

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                                New to the Collections
OBJECTS                                    Girl box, Santa box, Golden          Scott’s umpire’s chest protec-
J Meyer Brewing box and bot-               Crumbles and Party Nuts tin,         tor, ball bag, counter and cap;
  tle; Stevenson Bros. Hardware            Katydids and Crumbles                Lloyd Howell’s Korean
  iron trivet; Wishbone coffee             Nestle-Beich tins, Special           Conflict fatigue shirt and jack-
  can; Miller, Elder and Gaffron           Editions box and tin, choco-         et; donated by George Scott
  medicine bottles; Bevans and             late rabbit and Santa; Kathryn     J 1820s cherry chest and splint
  Highland Dairy bottles; Heinz,           Beich silhouette plaque,             seat chair brought from Ohio
  JBB, Louentrout and Seeger               painter’s hat; donated by            in 1824 by Robert Stubblefield
  beverage bottles                         David Beich                          family; donated by estate of
J Olive Wonderlin’s crumb set;         J   Adlai Stevenson III plate and        Louise Stubblefield
  donated by Donna Jenkins                 mug; donated by Eileen             J Women’s cork platform san-
J Mary Catherine Jordan’s baby             Kanzler for the estate of            dals, c. 1873; donated by Rita
  shoes and child’s moccasins,             Margaret Gleason                     Kurtock
  May Crowning dress and slip,         J   Lincoln photogravure; donat-       J Brokaw Nursing School cape;
  wedding garter and honey-                ed by Neil Farka                     donated by Osa Stokes
  moon robe; donated by John           J   Heberling’s and Biasi’s bottles;
  Jordan Moore                             donated by Nadine Reining          ARCHIVES
J Crate used by State Farm for         J   Oil painting by John               J Campaign cards, including
  railroad shipping; donated by            Hundman; donated by Joan             Bloomington, McLean
  David Salch                              Kalbacken                            County, state, and congres-
J Beich Candy packaging                J   Oil portrait of Delmar Fuller;       sional races; by David Beich
  including glass jar with lid,            donated by Gretchen Huff           J Illinois State University and
  wooden bucket with paper             J   Card table printed with local        Illinois Wesleyan University
  label, filled candy tin, Gibson          advertising c. 1955; Charlie         football and basketball media
                                                                                guides, 1980s and 1990s; by
                                                                                R.C. McBride and WJBC /
                                                                                Radio Bloomington
                                                                              J McLean County Nurseries,
                                                                                spring 1897 pricelist; by Brent
                                                                                Wielt
                                                                              J Kathryn Beich Candies /
                                                                                Nestle-Beich promotional
                                                                                material, including order forms
                                                                                and brochures; by David Beich
                                                                              J Martha E. Havens (sixteen-
                                                                                year-old living in rural
                                                                                Hudson) diary, June-October
                                                                                1858; by Linda Williams
                                                                              J Material relating to life and
                                                                                career of Hodge Fuller, includ-
                                                                                ing American Passion Play
                                                                                and annual Adlai E.
                                                                                Stevenson II memorial servic-
                                                                                es; by Gretchen Fuller Huff
                                                                              J Letter to McLean area farmer
                                                                                Robert Buck, 1954; livestock
                                                                                brochures and registry certifi-
                                                                                cates; by Robert Buck (son)
                                                                              J Two issues of Stars and Stripes
                                                                                newspaper (1945); German
                                                                                ration cards; and German
                                                                                propaganda picture cards; by
                                                                                James Taylor
                                                                              J Material relating to F.K.
                                                                                Phoenix and Phoenix Nursery,
Livingston’s department store Santas were a Bloomington Christmas season        including business postcards
tradition from the late 1940s until the store closed in 1979. This December     and envelopes, 1870s to early
1954 photograph is from the Hugh Henry Sr Collection, recently donated by       1900s; Jesse Fell signature,
Ann Henry Kraft.

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 Winners and Losers
  Pictured here are two of the twenty-
 plus campaign cards David Beich
 donated to the Museum. Republican
 William W. “Cy” Mallory served as
 clerk of the circuit court for more than
 a quarter of a century, from 1941 to
 1967. This card was printed for his first
 election to that office. Democrat
 Thomas
 J. Clark,
 on     the
                                                                            Mark Dunn
 o t h e r                                                                J Second Biennial Report, Board
 hand, was                                                                  of Examiners of Architects
 not      so                                                                (1901); by Greg Koos
 lucky. He                                                                PHOTOS
 lost his                                                                 J Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’
 February                                                                   Children’s School (ISSCS)
 11, 1941                                                                   eighth grade graduation, 1965;
                                                                            by Carol Price Sylvester
 race for                                                                 J McLean County sheriff
 Bloomington superintendent of streets to Republican George H. Wall.        deputies, E. Poshard, C.
                                                                            Gilberts, and J. Slava, 1952; by
  1854; by John Phoenix                  to General Telephone; by           Bill Parkerson
J Various, including “Brief              George Perkins                   J Chicago & Alton Railroad float,
  History of the Dunn Law            J   July 2007 National Baseball        no date; by Lyle W. and
  Firm,” 84 pages; Illinois wall         Hall of Fame program, signed       Maureen Smith.
  map, ca. 1950; material relat-         by inductee Denny Matthews,      J Hugh Henry Sr. Collection of
  ing to Illinois Supreme Court          Kansas City Royals play-by-        177 5x7s and 8x10s detailing
  Justice Robert C. Underwood;           play announcer; by Doug            the history of Livingston’s
  material relating to Illinois          Matthews                           department store, including
  Wesleyan University; and           J   Material relating to Gulf,         photographs of Livingston fami-
  other items; Mark Dunn                 Mobile & Ohio Railroad             ly members, window displays,
J Booklets, programs, and certifi-       superintendent Harry C.            “Dollar Day” sales, Christmas
  cates relating to Helen Pruett         Sampson and his patented rail-     decorations, remodeling,
  Wadell’s membership in vari-           road crossing gate; by Sam         employees, and other topics; by
  ous organizations, including           Sampson                            Ann Henry Kraft (daughter of
  Royal Neighbors of America         J   University High School class       Hugh A. Henry Sr, managing
  and Ladies Auxiliary of the            of 1940 booklet; by J.P. Karr      partner 1937-1977)
  United Transportation Union;       J   Ludwig (percussion instrument    J A collection of Livingston’s
  by estate of Helen Pruett              maker) catalog, no date, with      employee photographs assem-
  Waddell through Vivian B.              picture of John P. Noonan; by      bled by Ed LaBounty, Assistant
  Kraft                                  William and Martha Miller          Manager. Fifteen are identified
J Bound copy of McLean                                                      Livingston’s employees, one is of
  County Museum of History           BOOKS                                  Ed LaBounty with nine former
  volunteer newsletters (1991-       J The Building of Lincoln’s Home       employees in color and sixteen
  2000); bound copy of Museum          by Wayne Temple; The                 are of an Livingston’s employee
  library volunteer schedules;         American Passion Play by Louis       reunion in 1986, Photos are
  three reels of microfilm, con-       L. Williams; and others; by          combined with the Hugh Henry
  taining information on prede-        Gretchen Fuller Hodge                Sr Collection; by Bill LaBounty
  cessor companies (1886-1950s)      J DeWitt County atlas, 1915; by
To make donations of photographs, books or archival materials call the Museum’s Librarian/Archivist, Bill
Kemp. If you have objects you wish to donate to the collection call the Museum’s Curator of Collections,
Susan Hartzold. Both can be reached at the McLean County Museum of History, 827-0428.

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                                                                                  Mystery History Quiz Responses
                                                                                  For the second consecutive time, we’ve stumped
                                                                                most of our loyal Mystery History sleuths. Only
                                                                                Jim Hoppe and Marie O’Brokta correctly identi-
                                                                                fied the location of the three-story brick building
                                                                                shown in the last issue: The McLean County Poor
                                                                                Farm south of Bloomington. The building, which
                                                                                is no longer standing, served as the men’s resi-
                                                                                dence hall. At one time, there was a complex of
                                                                                buildings on the site, including a superintendent’s
                                                                                house, women’s and children’s residences, a barn,
                                                                                other outbuildings and a water tower.
                                                                                   Established before the Civil War, the County
                                                                                Poor Farm served the short-term (and occasional-
                                                                                ly long-term) residential needs of the indigent.
                                                                                After World War II, the Poor Farm became Maple
                                                                                Grove Nursing Home. In the summer of 1974, the
                                                                                County Farm was sold off in parcels, with Russell
                                                                                O. Shirk submitting the winning bid for the
                                                                                buildings and most of the grounds.
MYSTERY HISTORY QUIZ                                                                More than a half dozen readers mistakenly
                                                                                believed the mystery building was the old McLean
   Hopefully, this issue’s image will prove easier to identify. Can you tell us County Jail on W. Monroe St. between Roosevelt
what this car has to do with local history? If you think you know the cor- and Center streets (today a city parking garage).
rect answer, contact Museum Librarian/Archivist Bill Kemp at Other incorrect guesses included the old library at
library@mchistory.org or 827-0428.                                              Illinois Wesleyan University and the Illinois
                                                                                Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School (ISSCS)
                                                                                main building.




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