Illinois Adventure #1306 “McLean County Museum of History”


>>IT IS A BUILDING THAT
STRADDLES TWO CENTURIES, EM
EMBRACING THE COMING MODERN ERA STRADDLES TWO CENTURIES, EM
EMBRACING THE COMING MODERN ERA
AND ITS PAST WHERE ITS EMBRACING THE COMING MODERN ERA
AND ITS PAST WHERE ITS
FOUNDATION WAS FIRMLY SET. AND ITS PAST WHERE ITS
FOUNDATION WAS FIRMLY SET.
ONCE THE SHOW PLACE OF A COUNTY, FOUNDATION WAS FIRMLY SET.
ONCE THE SHOW PLACE OF A COUNTY,
TODAY ITS HALLWAYS AND ROOMS ONCE THE SHOW PLACE OF A COUNTY,
TODAY ITS HALLWAYS AND ROOMS
REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THE TODAY ITS HALLWAYS AND ROOMS
REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THE
COMMUNITY IN WHICH IT WAS BORN. REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THE
COMMUNITY IN WHICH IT WAS BORN.
HI. COMMUNITY IN WHICH IT WAS BORN.
HI.
I AM JIM WILHELM. HI.
I AM JIM WILHELM.
BEHIND ME IS THE OLD COUNTY I AM JIM WILHELM.
BEHIND ME IS THE OLD COUNTY
COURTHOUSE NOW HOME TO THE MC BEHIND ME IS THE OLD COUNTY
COURTHOUSE NOW HOME TO THE MC
LEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY. COURTHOUSE NOW HOME TO THE MC
LEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY.
IT IS THE LAST OF FOUR BUILDINGS LEAN COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY.
IT IS THE LAST OF FOUR BUILDINGS
TO OCCUPY THIS SITE AS THE IT IS THE LAST OF FOUR BUILDINGS
TO OCCUPY THIS SITE AS THE
COUNTY SEAT, BUT IT WAS THE ONLY TO OCCUPY THIS SITE AS THE
COUNTY SEAT, BUT IT WAS THE ONLY
ONE BORN IN FIRE. COUNTY SEAT, BUT IT WAS THE ONLY
ONE BORN IN FIRE.
JUST AFTER THE CIVIL WAR WITH ONE BORN IN FIRE.
JUST AFTER THE CIVIL WAR WITH
THE AREA’S ECONOMY BOOMING, JUST AFTER THE CIVIL WAR WITH
THE AREA’S ECONOMY BOOMING,
CONSTRUCTION ON THE MC LEAN’S THE AREA’S ECONOMY BOOMING,
CONSTRUCTION ON THE MC LEAN’S
THIRD AND MOST ORNATE COURTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION ON THE MC LEAN’S
THIRD AND MOST ORNATE COURTHOUSE
WAS COMPLETED. THIRD AND MOST ORNATE COURTHOUSE
WAS COMPLETED.
ARCHITECT ALFRED PIQUENARD EN WAS COMPLETED.
ARCHITECT ALFRED PIQUENARD EN
VISIONS THE NEW BUILDING AS ARCHITECT ALFRED PIQUENARD EN
VISIONS THE NEW BUILDING AS
BEING THE CAPITOL OF ILLINOIS’ VISIONS THE NEW BUILDING AS
BEING THE CAPITOL OF ILLINOIS’
LARGEST COUNTY. BEING THE CAPITOL OF ILLINOIS’
LARGEST COUNTY.
IN THE BASEMENT OF THE NEW LARGEST COUNTY.
IN THE BASEMENT OF THE NEW
COURTHOUSE, SPACE WAS ALLOCATED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE NEW
COURTHOUSE, SPACE WAS ALLOCATED
FOR THE COUNTY’S HISTORICAL COURTHOUSE, SPACE WAS ALLOCATED
FOR THE COUNTY’S HISTORICAL
SOCIETY, WHICH IS BY THE WAY IS FOR THE COUNTY’S HISTORICAL
SOCIETY, WHICH IS BY THE WAY IS
THE SECOND OLDEST ONE IN THE SOCIETY, WHICH IS BY THE WAY IS
THE SECOND OLDEST ONE IN THE
STATE BEHIND CHICAGO. THE SECOND OLDEST ONE IN THE
STATE BEHIND CHICAGO.
LIKE CHICAGO, DOWNTOWN STATE BEHIND CHICAGO.
LIKE CHICAGO, DOWNTOWN
BLOOMINGTON WAS DESTROYED BY LIKE CHICAGO, DOWNTOWN
BLOOMINGTON WAS DESTROYED BY
FIRE. BLOOMINGTON WAS DESTROYED BY
FIRE.
THIS DISASTER HAPPENED IN 1900, FIRE.
THIS DISASTER HAPPENED IN 1900,
AND THE COURTHOUSE WAS LOST. THIS DISASTER HAPPENED IN 1900,
AND THE COURTHOUSE WAS LOST.
ON DISPLAY ARE ITEMS FOUND IN AND THE COURTHOUSE WAS LOST.
ON DISPLAY ARE ITEMS FOUND IN
THE RUBBLE, INCLUDING PIECES OF ON DISPLAY ARE ITEMS FOUND IN
THE RUBBLE, INCLUDING PIECES OF
MELTED GLASS, AND THAT PICTURE THE RUBBLE, INCLUDING PIECES OF
MELTED GLASS, AND THAT PICTURE
WHOSE GLAZE WAS DARKENED BY THE MELTED GLASS, AND THAT PICTURE
WHOSE GLAZE WAS DARKENED BY THE
FIRE’S SMOKE. WHOSE GLAZE WAS DARKENED BY THE
FIRE’S SMOKE.
ORIGINALLY IT WAS THOUGHT THE FIRE’S SMOKE.
ORIGINALLY IT WAS THOUGHT THE
NEW COURTHOUSE COULD BE BUILT ON ORIGINALLY IT WAS THOUGHT THE
NEW COURTHOUSE COULD BE BUILT ON
THE FOUNDATION OF THE OLD ONE. NEW COURTHOUSE COULD BE BUILT ON
THE FOUNDATION OF THE OLD ONE.
SO ITS DESIGN IS SIMILAR TO THE THE FOUNDATION OF THE OLD ONE.
SO ITS DESIGN IS SIMILAR TO THE
PREVIOUS BUILDING. SO ITS DESIGN IS SIMILAR TO THE
PREVIOUS BUILDING.
IN ADDITION, IT WAS DECIDED TO PREVIOUS BUILDING.
IN ADDITION, IT WAS DECIDED TO
RECREATE THE GRANDEUR AN TICK IN ADDITION, IT WAS DECIDED TO
RECREATE THE GRANDEUR AN TICK
WHICH TY OF THE LAST STRUCTURE. RECREATE THE GRANDEUR AN TICK
WHICH TY OF THE LAST STRUCTURE.
>>INSIDE, IS WAINS WAINSCOTING WHICH TY OF THE LAST STRUCTURE.
>>INSIDE, IS WAINS WAINSCOTING
OF WHITE MARK, AND THE MAIN>>INSIDE, IS WAINS WAINSCOTING
OF WHITE MARK, AND THE MAIN
FLOOR IS DECK RATED WITH HAND OF WHITE MARK, AND THE MAIN
FLOOR IS DECK RATED WITH HAND
LAID MOSAIC TILE. FLOOR IS DECK RATED WITH HAND
LAID MOSAIC TILE.
EVEN THE DOOR KNOBS ADD A LAID MOSAIC TILE.
EVEN THE DOOR KNOBS ADD A
FLOURISH, SPORTING THE COUNTY’S EVEN THE DOOR KNOBS ADD A
FLOURISH, SPORTING THE COUNTY’S
INITIALS. FLOURISH, SPORTING THE COUNTY’S
INITIALS.
THE BRONZE THROUGHOUT THE INITIALS.
THE BRONZE THROUGHOUT THE
BUILDING IS ARTIFICALLY AGED. THE BRONZE THROUGHOUT THE
BUILDING IS ARTIFICALLY AGED.
BRONZE WAS USED INSTEAD OF WOOD BUILDING IS ARTIFICALLY AGED.
BRONZE WAS USED INSTEAD OF WOOD
TO KEEP THE COMBUSTIBLE LEVEL OF BRONZE WAS USED INSTEAD OF WOOD
TO KEEP THE COMBUSTIBLE LEVEL OF
THE BUILDING LOW. TO KEEP THE COMBUSTIBLE LEVEL OF
THE BUILDING LOW.
THIS BUILDING DIFFERS FROM ITS THE BUILDING LOW.
THIS BUILDING DIFFERS FROM ITS
PREDECESSOR IN ANOTHER WAY, IT THIS BUILDING DIFFERS FROM ITS
PREDECESSOR IN ANOTHER WAY, IT
WAS BORN IN THE 20TH CENTURY. PREDECESSOR IN ANOTHER WAY, IT
WAS BORN IN THE 20TH CENTURY.
GAS WAS STILL USED FOR LIGHT, WAS BORN IN THE 20TH CENTURY.
GAS WAS STILL USED FOR LIGHT,
BUT THESE FIXTURES WERE ALSO GAS WAS STILL USED FOR LIGHT,
BUT THESE FIXTURES WERE ALSO
WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY. BUT THESE FIXTURES WERE ALSO
WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY.
AND ELECTRIC LIGHT WAS NOT ONLY WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY.
AND ELECTRIC LIGHT WAS NOT ONLY
USED FOR ILLUMINATION, BUT ALSO AND ELECTRIC LIGHT WAS NOT ONLY
USED FOR ILLUMINATION, BUT ALSO
ACCENT THE HALLWAYS, PLUS THIS USED FOR ILLUMINATION, BUT ALSO
ACCENT THE HALLWAYS, PLUS THIS
BILLING CAME EQUIPPED WITH ACCENT THE HALLWAYS, PLUS THIS
BILLING CAME EQUIPPED WITH
ELEVATOR, PRIVATE REST ROOMS AND BILLING CAME EQUIPPED WITH
ELEVATOR, PRIVATE REST ROOMS AND
CENTRALIZED TIME SYSTEM THAT RAN ELEVATOR, PRIVATE REST ROOMS AND
CENTRALIZED TIME SYSTEM THAT RAN
ON WATER. CENTRALIZED TIME SYSTEM THAT RAN
ON WATER.
EACH MINUTE, A GALLON OF WATER ON WATER.
EACH MINUTE, A GALLON OF WATER
FROM THE DOME WAS RELEASED INTO EACH MINUTE, A GALLON OF WATER
FROM THE DOME WAS RELEASED INTO
A PIPE. FROM THE DOME WAS RELEASED INTO
A PIPE.
THAT WATER FORCED AIR THROUGH A A PIPE.
THAT WATER FORCED AIR THROUGH A
SERIES OF HOSES TO MOVE THE THAT WATER FORCED AIR THROUGH A
SERIES OF HOSES TO MOVE THE
HANDS OF ALL THE CLOCKS IN THE SERIES OF HOSES TO MOVE THE
HANDS OF ALL THE CLOCKS IN THE
COURTHOUSE. HANDS OF ALL THE CLOCKS IN THE
COURTHOUSE.
IT WAS THE SYSTEM THAT WAS COURTHOUSE.
IT WAS THE SYSTEM THAT WAS
EVENTUALLY DISCONTINUED BECAUSE IT WAS THE SYSTEM THAT WAS
EVENTUALLY DISCONTINUED BECAUSE
OF THE INCREASING COST OF WATER. EVENTUALLY DISCONTINUED BECAUSE
OF THE INCREASING COST OF WATER.
ALTHOUGH AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS OF THE INCREASING COST OF WATER.
ALTHOUGH AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS
FACILITY COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH ALTHOUGH AHEAD OF ITS TIME, THIS
FACILITY COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH
THE COUNTY’S GROWTH. FACILITY COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH
THE COUNTY’S GROWTH.
IN 1989, THE COURTHOUSE AND THE COUNTY’S GROWTH.
IN 1989, THE COURTHOUSE AND
OFFICES MOVED INTO A NEWER IN 1989, THE COURTHOUSE AND
OFFICES MOVED INTO A NEWER
FACILITY. OFFICES MOVED INTO A NEWER
FACILITY.
TODAY, THE OLD COURTHOUSE HAS FACILITY.
TODAY, THE OLD COURTHOUSE HAS
BECOME THE HOME OF MC LEAN TODAY, THE OLD COURTHOUSE HAS
BECOME THE HOME OF MC LEAN
COUNTY NEW SEM OF HISTORY. AS PART OF THE PERMANENT
DISPLAY, MUSEUM USES THIS
EXTENSIVE COLLECTION TO FOCUS ON DISPLAY, MUSEUM USES THIS
EXTENSIVE COLLECTION TO FOCUS ON
THE VARIOUS CULTURES THAT HAVE EXTENSIVE COLLECTION TO FOCUS ON
THE VARIOUS CULTURES THAT HAVE
CALLED THIS AREA HOME. THE VARIOUS CULTURES THAT HAVE
CALLED THIS AREA HOME.
SOME OF THE FIRST EUROPEANS TO CALLED THIS AREA HOME.
SOME OF THE FIRST EUROPEANS TO
SETTLE HERE WERE UPLAND SOME OF THE FIRST EUROPEANS TO
SETTLE HERE WERE UPLAND
SOUTHERNERS WITH A STRONG SETTLE HERE WERE UPLAND
SOUTHERNERS WITH A STRONG
TRADITION OF CLOSE FAMILIES AND SOUTHERNERS WITH A STRONG
TRADITION OF CLOSE FAMILIES AND
SELF-SUFFICIENCY. TRADITION OF CLOSE FAMILIES AND
SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
SOON, BECAUSE OF THE GROWING SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
SOON, BECAUSE OF THE GROWING
RAILROAD, THEY WERE INUNDATED BY SOON, BECAUSE OF THE GROWING
RAILROAD, THEY WERE INUNDATED BY
EASTERN YANKEES AND GERMAN RAILROAD, THEY WERE INUNDATED BY
EASTERN YANKEES AND GERMAN
IMMIGRANTS. EASTERN YANKEES AND GERMAN
IMMIGRANTS.
EACH OF THESE GROUPS BROUGHT IMMIGRANTS.
EACH OF THESE GROUPS BROUGHT
WITH THEM THEIR OWN SET OF EACH OF THESE GROUPS BROUGHT
WITH THEM THEIR OWN SET OF
BELIEFS AS SUCH MATTERS AS WITH THEM THEIR OWN SET OF
BELIEFS AS SUCH MATTERS AS
DRINKING. BELIEFS AS SUCH MATTERS AS
DRINKING.
THIS FLASK FITS PERFECTLY IN THE DRINKING.
THIS FLASK FITS PERFECTLY IN THE
COAT POCKET OF A SOUTHERN THIS FLASK FITS PERFECTLY IN THE
COAT POCKET OF A SOUTHERN
GENTLEMAN FOR OCCASIONAL NIP COAT POCKET OF A SOUTHERN
GENTLEMAN FOR OCCASIONAL NIP
WHICH WAS VERY ACCEPTABLE. GENTLEMAN FOR OCCASIONAL NIP
WHICH WAS VERY ACCEPTABLE.
GERMANS AS EVIDENCE OF THIS WHICH WAS VERY ACCEPTABLE.
GERMANS AS EVIDENCE OF THIS
SCHOONER DRANK AT TABLES AND GERMANS AS EVIDENCE OF THIS
SCHOONER DRANK AT TABLES AND
BEER GARDENS VIEWING IT AS SCHOONER DRANK AT TABLES AND
BEER GARDENS VIEWING IT AS
SOCIAL EVENT. BEER GARDENS VIEWING IT AS
SOCIAL EVENT.
YANKEES, THEY KIND OF FROWNED ON SOCIAL EVENT.
YANKEES, THEY KIND OF FROWNED ON
ALCOHOL. YANKEES, THEY KIND OF FROWNED ON
ALCOHOL.
THERE THEIR HOUSING WAS VERY ALCOHOL.
THERE THEIR HOUSING WAS VERY
DIFFERENT. THERE THEIR HOUSING WAS VERY
DIFFERENT.
UPLAND SOUTHERNERS BUILT LOG DIFFERENT.
UPLAND SOUTHERNERS BUILT LOG
CABINS EASIER FOR BIG FAMILIES UPLAND SOUTHERNERS BUILT LOG
CABINS EASIER FOR BIG FAMILIES
TO BUILD. CABINS EASIER FOR BIG FAMILIES
TO BUILD.
WHILE EASTERNERS BUILT FRAMES TO BUILD.
WHILE EASTERNERS BUILT FRAMES
HOMES. WHILE EASTERNERS BUILT FRAMES
HOMES.
THEIR DIET WAS QUITE VARIED AS HOMES.
THEIR DIET WAS QUITE VARIED AS
DEMONSTRATED BY THE KITCHENS ON THEIR DIET WAS QUITE VARIED AS
DEMONSTRATED BY THE KITCHENS ON
DISPLAY HERE. DEMONSTRATED BY THE KITCHENS ON
DISPLAY HERE.
UPLAND HOMES, MOSTLY COOKED IN DISPLAY HERE.
UPLAND HOMES, MOSTLY COOKED IN
LARGE IRON POTS OVER AN OPEN UPLAND HOMES, MOSTLY COOKED IN
LARGE IRON POTS OVER AN OPEN
HEARTH. LARGE IRON POTS OVER AN OPEN
HEARTH.
AND THEIR DIETS WERE HEAVY IN HEARTH.
AND THEIR DIETS WERE HEAVY IN
PORK AND CORN. AND THEIR DIETS WERE HEAVY IN
PORK AND CORN.
MEANWHILE, YANKEES BROUGHT PORK AND CORN.
MEANWHILE, YANKEES BROUGHT
STOVES WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO MEANWHILE, YANKEES BROUGHT
STOVES WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO
COOK A GREATER VARIETY. STOVES WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO
COOK A GREATER VARIETY.
THEY USED MORE DAIRY PRODUCTS IN COOK A GREATER VARIETY.
THEY USED MORE DAIRY PRODUCTS IN
ADDITION TO BEEF AND BREAD. THEY USED MORE DAIRY PRODUCTS IN
ADDITION TO BEEF AND BREAD.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CUSTOMS AND ADDITION TO BEEF AND BREAD.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CUSTOMS AND
RELIGIONS, AND THE CONFLICT THAT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CUSTOMS AND
RELIGIONS, AND THE CONFLICT THAT
WERE CREATED BY THOSE VAIR RELIGIONS, AND THE CONFLICT THAT
WERE CREATED BY THOSE VAIR
VARIATIONS ARE EXPLORED IN THOSE WERE CREATED BY THOSE VAIR
VARIATIONS ARE EXPLORED IN THOSE
GALLERIES. VARIATIONS ARE EXPLORED IN THOSE
GALLERIES.
ACROSS THE HALL, DISPLAYS DEPICT GALLERIES.
ACROSS THE HALL, DISPLAYS DEPICT
POLITICAL HISTORY AND COURT ACROSS THE HALL, DISPLAYS DEPICT
POLITICAL HISTORY AND COURT
CASES THAT RESULT FROM THAT POLITICAL HISTORY AND COURT
CASES THAT RESULT FROM THAT
MELTING POT. CASES THAT RESULT FROM THAT
MELTING POT.
>>ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS MELTING POT.
>>ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS
FAMILIES FROM HERE ARE THE>>ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS
FAMILIES FROM HERE ARE THE
STEVENSON’S. FAMILIES FROM HERE ARE THE
STEVENSON’S.
IN 1874, ADLAI STEVENSON, THE STEVENSON’S.
IN 1874, ADLAI STEVENSON, THE
FIRST, BECAME A MEMBER OF THE IN 1874, ADLAI STEVENSON, THE
FIRST, BECAME A MEMBER OF THE
U.S. HOUSE AND LATER VICE FIRST, BECAME A MEMBER OF THE
U.S. HOUSE AND LATER VICE
PRESIDENT UNDER GROVER U.S. HOUSE AND LATER VICE
PRESIDENT UNDER GROVER
CLEVELAND. PRESIDENT UNDER GROVER
CLEVELAND.
HE WAS CHOSEN AS THE SOUTHERN CLEVELAND.
HE WAS CHOSEN AS THE SOUTHERN
BALANCE OF THE TICKET. HE WAS CHOSEN AS THE SOUTHERN
BALANCE OF THE TICKET.
OF COURSE ARE WE ALL KNOW HIS BALANCE OF THE TICKET.
OF COURSE ARE WE ALL KNOW HIS
GRANDSON SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF OF COURSE ARE WE ALL KNOW HIS
GRANDSON SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF
ILLINOIS, AND TWICE RAN GRANDSON SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF
ILLINOIS, AND TWICE RAN
UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR PRESIDENT OF ILLINOIS, AND TWICE RAN
UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES. UNSUCCESSFULLY FOR PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES.
ANYWAY, ABOUT THE TIME THAT THE UNITED STATES.
ANYWAY, ABOUT THE TIME THAT
ADLAI THE FIRST WAS SERVING IN ANYWAY, ABOUT THE TIME THAT
ADLAI THE FIRST WAS SERVING IN
THE HOUSE, GEORGIENA TROTTER ADLAI THE FIRST WAS SERVING IN
THE HOUSE, GEORGIENA TROTTER
BECAME A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL THE HOUSE, GEORGIENA TROTTER
BECAME A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL
SCHOOL BOARD. BECAME A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL
SCHOOL BOARD.
SHE WAS IRISH IMMIGRANT WHO HAD SCHOOL BOARD.
SHE WAS IRISH IMMIGRANT WHO HAD
BECOME U.S. CITIZEN IN ORDER TO SHE WAS IRISH IMMIGRANT WHO HAD
BECOME U.S. CITIZEN IN ORDER TO
RUN FOR OFFICE. BECOME U.S. CITIZEN IN ORDER TO
RUN FOR OFFICE.
IN ADDITION, SHE WAS THE FIRST RUN FOR OFFICE.
IN ADDITION, SHE WAS THE FIRST
WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO PUBLIC IN ADDITION, SHE WAS THE FIRST
WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO PUBLIC
OFFICE IN BLOOMINGTON, ALL OF WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO PUBLIC
OFFICE IN BLOOMINGTON, ALL OF
THIS AT A TIME WHEN WOMEN DIDN’T OFFICE IN BLOOMINGTON, ALL OF
THIS AT A TIME WHEN WOMEN DIDN’T
EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS AT A TIME WHEN WOMEN DIDN’T
EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
OTHER ITEMS ON DISPLAY INCLUDE EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
OTHER ITEMS ON DISPLAY INCLUDE
ANDREW JACKSON 1833 INAUGURAL OTHER ITEMS ON DISPLAY INCLUDE
ANDREW JACKSON 1833 INAUGURAL
ADDRESS PRINTED ON SILK. ANDREW JACKSON 1833 INAUGURAL
ADDRESS PRINTED ON SILK.
PRILL IUM HARRISON’S CAMPAIGN, ADDRESS PRINTED ON SILK.
PRILL IUM HARRISON’S CAMPAIGN,
AND 1858 HANDBILL, AND RIBBONS PRILL IUM HARRISON’S CAMPAIGN,
AND 1858 HANDBILL, AND RIBBONS
AND BUTTONS FROM HIS AND 1858 HANDBILL, AND RIBBONS
AND BUTTONS FROM HIS
PRESIDENTIAL RUN. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF
INTERESTING COURT CASES SETTLED
ON THIS LAND. KEEP IN MIND, INTERESTING COURT CASES SETTLED
ON THIS LAND. KEEP IN MIND,
THIS IS THE FOURTH BUILDING THAT ON THIS LAND. KEEP IN MIND,
THIS IS THE FOURTH BUILDING THAT
IS OCCUPIED THIS LOT. THIS IS THE FOURTH BUILDING THAT
IS OCCUPIED THIS LOT.
SO THE CASES WEREN’T HEARD IN IS OCCUPIED THIS LOT.
SO THE CASES WEREN’T HEARD IN
THIS ROOM BUT ON THIS GROUND. SO THE CASES WEREN’T HEARD IN
THIS ROOM BUT ON THIS GROUND.
IN THE SECOND COURTHOUSE, THIS ROOM BUT ON THIS GROUND.
IN THE SECOND COURTHOUSE,
ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUCCESSFULLY IN THE SECOND COURTHOUSE,
ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUCCESSFULLY
SUED THE COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUCCESSFULLY
SUED THE COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE
RAILROAD. SUED THE COUNTY ON BEHALF OF THE
RAILROAD.
AFTERWARDS, HE SUCCESSFULLY SUED RAILROAD.
AFTERWARDS, HE SUCCESSFULLY SUED
THE RAILROAD FOR HIS RECORD AFTERWARDS, HE SUCCESSFULLY SUED
THE RAILROAD FOR HIS RECORD
BREAKING $5,000 FEE. THE RAILROAD FOR HIS RECORD
BREAKING $5,000 FEE.
LATER IN 1872, IN THE THIRD BREAKING $5,000 FEE.
LATER IN 1872, IN THE THIRD
COURTHOUSE, A CASE WAS TRIED LATER IN 1872, IN THE THIRD
COURTHOUSE, A CASE WAS TRIED
THAT WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S COURTHOUSE, A CASE WAS TRIED
THAT WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S
SCHOOL SYSTEM. THAT WOULD CHANGE THE STATE’S
SCHOOL SYSTEM.
IT WAS SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.
IT WAS SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE
CIVIL WAR, AND THE BLACK IT WAS SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE
CIVIL WAR, AND THE BLACK
POPULATION WAS GROWING. CIVIL WAR, AND THE BLACK
POPULATION WAS GROWING.
NEARBY, ONE SMALL TOWN DECIDED POPULATION WAS GROWING.
NEARBY, ONE SMALL TOWN DECIDED
TO BUILD SEPARATE SCHOOL NEARBY, ONE SMALL TOWN DECIDED
TO BUILD SEPARATE SCHOOL
FACILITIES FOR TWO BLACK TO BUILD SEPARATE SCHOOL
FACILITIES FOR TWO BLACK
STUDENTS. FACILITIES FOR TWO BLACK
STUDENTS.
THEIR PARENTS SUED, AND THE CASE STUDENTS.
THEIR PARENTS SUED, AND THE CASE
CAME BEFORE JUDGE TIPTON. THEIR PARENTS SUED, AND THE CASE
CAME BEFORE JUDGE TIPTON.
USING ECONOMICS AS THE BASIS FOR CAME BEFORE JUDGE TIPTON.
USING ECONOMICS AS THE BASIS FOR
HIS RULING, HE STATED THAT USING ECONOMICS AS THE BASIS FOR
HIS RULING, HE STATED THAT
ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS WERE A HIS RULING, HE STATED THAT
ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS WERE A
WRECKLESS USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS. ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS WERE A
WRECKLESS USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.
HIS DECISION EVENTUALLY LED TO WRECKLESS USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.
HIS DECISION EVENTUALLY LED TO
NEW STATE LAW PROHIBITING RACIAL HIS DECISION EVENTUALLY LED TO
NEW STATE LAW PROHIBITING RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION IN ILLINOIS NEW STATE LAW PROHIBITING RACIAL
DISCRIMINATION IN ILLINOIS
SCHOOLS. DISCRIMINATION IN ILLINOIS
SCHOOLS.
IN ADDITION TO THE POLITICS AND SCHOOLS.
IN ADDITION TO THE POLITICS AND
THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA, OTHER IN ADDITION TO THE POLITICS AND
THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA, OTHER
GALLERIES SUCH AS THIS ONE LOOK THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA, OTHER
GALLERIES SUCH AS THIS ONE LOOK
AT THE BUSINESSES ONCE LOCATED GALLERIES SUCH AS THIS ONE LOOK
AT THE BUSINESSES ONCE LOCATED
HERE. AT THE BUSINESSES ONCE LOCATED
HERE.
ALL OF THESE AREAS DRAW HEAVILY HERE.
ALL OF THESE AREAS DRAW HEAVILY
ON THE MUSEUM’S EXTENSIVE ALL OF THESE AREAS DRAW HEAVILY
ON THE MUSEUM’S EXTENSIVE
COLLECTION. ON THE MUSEUM’S EXTENSIVE
COLLECTION.
IT IS A COLLECTION THAT BEGAN IN COLLECTION.
IT IS A COLLECTION THAT BEGAN IN
THE LATE 1800’S. IT IS A COLLECTION THAT BEGAN IN
THE LATE 1800’S.
>>FOR EXAMPLE, HERE IS A DESK THAT
ONCE BELONGED TO LOCAL
BUSINESSMAN BY THE NAME OF ONCE BELONGED TO LOCAL
BUSINESSMAN BY THE NAME OF
KERSEY FELL. BUSINESSMAN BY THE NAME OF
KERSEY FELL.
HE WAS A FRIEND OF ABRAHAM KERSEY FELL.
HE WAS A FRIEND OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN, AND HIS OFFICE WAS HE WAS A FRIEND OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN, AND HIS OFFICE WAS
RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE LINCOLN, AND HIS OFFICE WAS
RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE
COURTHOUSE. RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE
COURTHOUSE.
SINCE HE WAS CLOSE BY, LINCOLN COURTHOUSE.
SINCE HE WAS CLOSE BY, LINCOLN
OFF USED THIS DESK WHILE IN SINCE HE WAS CLOSE BY, LINCOLN
OFF USED THIS DESK WHILE IN
TOWN. OFF USED THIS DESK WHILE IN
TOWN.
IT WAS TY DESK THAT HE WAS ASKED TOWN.
IT WAS TY DESK THAT HE WAS ASKED
TO WRITE HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE IT WAS TY DESK THAT HE WAS ASKED
TO WRITE HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE
PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO TO WRITE HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE
PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO
INTRODUCE THE MIDWESTERNER TO PURPOSE OF WHICH WAS TO
INTRODUCE THE MIDWESTERNER TO
THE EAST COAST. INTRODUCE THE MIDWESTERNER TO
THE EAST COAST.
ALTHOUGH THE PUBLIC IS NOT THE EAST COAST.
ALTHOUGH THE PUBLIC IS NOT
ALLOWED BACK HERE, WE THOUGHT IT ALTHOUGH THE PUBLIC IS NOT
ALLOWED BACK HERE, WE THOUGHT IT
MIGHT BE FUN TO BROWSE THE ALLOWED BACK HERE, WE THOUGHT IT
MIGHT BE FUN TO BROWSE THE
SHELVES JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA MIGHT BE FUN TO BROWSE THE
SHELVES JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA
OF THE DIVERSITY OF THE SHELVES JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA
OF THE DIVERSITY OF THE
COLLECTION. OF THE DIVERSITY OF THE
COLLECTION.
FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE EARLY COLLECTION.
FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE EARLY
1900’S, GEORGE LE BOW, A LOCAL FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE EARLY
1900’S, GEORGE LE BOW, A LOCAL
MUSIC STORE OPERATOR BUILT HIS 1900’S, GEORGE LE BOW, A LOCAL
MUSIC STORE OPERATOR BUILT HIS
DAUGHTER A XYLOPHONE. MUSIC STORE OPERATOR BUILT HIS
DAUGHTER A XYLOPHONE.
AT AGE THREE, SHE DECIDED THE DAUGHTER A XYLOPHONE.
AT AGE THREE, SHE DECIDED THE
XYLOPHONE WAS THE INSTRUMENT FOR AT AGE THREE, SHE DECIDED THE
XYLOPHONE WAS THE INSTRUMENT FOR
HER. XYLOPHONE WAS THE INSTRUMENT FOR
HER.
GEORGE DECIDE SHE WOULD QUICKLY HER.
GEORGE DECIDE SHE WOULD QUICKLY
LOOSE INTEREST, INSTEAD OF GEORGE DECIDE SHE WOULD QUICKLY
LOOSE INTEREST, INSTEAD OF
BUYING HER ONE, HE DECIDED TO LOOSE INTEREST, INSTEAD OF
BUYING HER ONE, HE DECIDED TO
BUILD HER ONE. HE DETERMINED BUYING HER ONE, HE DECIDED TO
BUILD HER ONE. HE DETERMINED
WHICH FOOD CANS PRODUCED THE BUILD HER ONE. HE DETERMINED
WHICH FOOD CANS PRODUCED THE
RIGHT PITCH AND MADE THIS WHICH FOOD CANS PRODUCED THE
RIGHT PITCH AND MADE THIS
INSTRUMENT. RIGHT PITCH AND MADE THIS
INSTRUMENT.
HIS DAUGHTER WAS QUITE INSTRUMENT.
HIS DAUGHTER WAS QUITE
PROFICIENT MAKING HER FIRST HIS DAUGHTER WAS QUITE
PROFICIENT MAKING HER FIRST
APPEARANCE IN ST. LOUIS AT AGE PROFICIENT MAKING HER FIRST
APPEARANCE IN ST. LOUIS AT AGE
SIX. APPEARANCE IN ST. LOUIS AT AGE
SIX.
HER NOTORIETY LANDED HER A GUEST SIX.
HER NOTORIETY LANDED HER A GUEST
SPOT ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH HER NOTORIETY LANDED HER A GUEST
SPOT ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH
JOHNNY CARSON. SPOT ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH
JOHNNY CARSON.
HERE IS A BASEBALL THROWN IN THE JOHNNY CARSON.
HERE IS A BASEBALL THROWN IN THE
VERY FIRST WORLD SERIES BY LOCAL HERE IS A BASEBALL THROWN IN THE
VERY FIRST WORLD SERIES BY LOCAL
HERO AND BOSTON PITCHER CHARLES VERY FIRST WORLD SERIES BY LOCAL
HERO AND BOSTON PITCHER CHARLES
RADBORN. HERO AND BOSTON PITCHER CHARLES
RADBORN.
>>STILL WORKS!>>AMONG THE ARTIFACTS ON
DISPLAY IS THIS SILVER TEA SET.
IT BELONGED TO JOSEPH FIFER WHO DISPLAY IS THIS SILVER TEA SET.
IT BELONGED TO JOSEPH FIFER WHO
JOINED THE UNION ARMY IN 1861. IT BELONGED TO JOSEPH FIFER WHO
JOINED THE UNION ARMY IN 1861.
HE WAS INJURED IN THE BATTLE OF JOINED THE UNION ARMY IN 1861.
HE WAS INJURED IN THE BATTLE OF
VICKSBURG AND NOT EXPECTED TO HE WAS INJURED IN THE BATTLE OF
VICKSBURG AND NOT EXPECTED TO
LIVE, BUT HE DID. VICKSBURG AND NOT EXPECTED TO
LIVE, BUT HE DID.
NICKNAMED PRIVATE JOE, HE WAS LIVE, BUT HE DID.
NICKNAMED PRIVATE JOE, HE WAS
THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS IN NICKNAMED PRIVATE JOE, HE WAS
THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS IN
1888. THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS IN
1888.
THIS TEA SERVICE WAS A GIFT TO 1888.
THIS TEA SERVICE WAS A GIFT TO
HIM FROM HIS SPRINGFIELD STAFF THIS TEA SERVICE WAS A GIFT TO
HIM FROM HIS SPRINGFIELD STAFF
WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE. HIM FROM HIS SPRINGFIELD STAFF
WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE.
OH, AND DESPITE HIS WOUND, HE WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE.
OH, AND DESPITE HIS WOUND, HE
LIVED UNTIL 1938 AND PASSED AWAY OH, AND DESPITE HIS WOUND, HE
LIVED UNTIL 1938 AND PASSED AWAY
AT THE AGE OF 97. LIVED UNTIL 1938 AND PASSED AWAY
AT THE AGE OF 97.
HERE IS A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL AT THE AGE OF 97.
HERE IS A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL
ITEMS THAT BELONGED TO HERE IS A COLLECTION OF PERSONAL
ITEMS THAT BELONGED TO
BLOOMINGTON NATIVE IRENE DELRO ITEMS THAT BELONGED TO
BLOOMINGTON NATIVE IRENE DELRO
WHY, ONCE CALLED THE MOST PHOT BLOOMINGTON NATIVE IRENE DELRO
WHY, ONCE CALLED THE MOST PHOT
— PHOTOGRAPHED WOMAN IN WHY, ONCE CALLED THE MOST PHOT
— PHOTOGRAPHED WOMAN IN
THE WORLD. — PHOTOGRAPHED WOMAN IN
THE WORLD.
SHE MOVED ONTO HOLLYWOOD WHERE THE WORLD.
SHE MOVED ONTO HOLLYWOOD WHERE
SHE STARRED IN SEVERAL MOTION SHE MOVED ONTO HOLLYWOOD WHERE
SHE STARRED IN SEVERAL MOTION
PICTURES OF THESE THINGS ARE ALL SHE STARRED IN SEVERAL MOTION
PICTURES OF THESE THINGS ARE ALL
PART OF LARGE AND VARIED PICTURES OF THESE THINGS ARE ALL
PART OF LARGE AND VARIED
COLLECTION WHICH PAINTS A PART OF LARGE AND VARIED
COLLECTION WHICH PAINTS A
PICTURE OF MC LEAN’S COUNTY’S COLLECTION WHICH PAINTS A
PICTURE OF MC LEAN’S COUNTY’S
PAST FROM THE DIVERSITY OF THE PICTURE OF MC LEAN’S COUNTY’S
PAST FROM THE DIVERSITY OF THE
PEOPLE WHO SETTLED HERE TO PAST FROM THE DIVERSITY OF THE
PEOPLE WHO SETTLED HERE TO
HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAR. PEOPLE WHO SETTLED HERE TO
HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAR.
THEY ARE ALL HOUSED IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE STAR.
THEY ARE ALL HOUSED IN A
COURTHOUSE WHICH ROSE FROM THE THEY ARE ALL HOUSED IN A
COURTHOUSE WHICH ROSE FROM THE
ASHES OF A DISASTER. COURTHOUSE WHICH ROSE FROM THE
ASHES OF A DISASTER.
BUT THE OLD BUILDING IS MORE ASHES OF A DISASTER.
BUT THE OLD BUILDING IS MORE
THAN JUST EXHIBIT SPACE. BUT THE OLD BUILDING IS MORE
THAN JUST EXHIBIT SPACE.
THE COURTROOM PLAYS HOST TO THAN JUST EXHIBIT SPACE.
THE COURTROOM PLAYS HOST TO
ASSORTMENT OF GUEST LECTURERS THE COURTROOM PLAYS HOST TO
ASSORTMENT OF GUEST LECTURERS
THROUGHOUT THE EAR, THERE IS ASSORTMENT OF GUEST LECTURERS
THROUGHOUT THE EAR, THERE IS
STEVENSON EYE’S LIBRARY WHERE THROUGHOUT THE EAR, THERE IS
STEVENSON EYE’S LIBRARY WHERE
THOUSANDS COME TO RESEARCH STEVENSON EYE’S LIBRARY WHERE
THOUSANDS COME TO RESEARCH
COUNTY AND GENEALOGICAL HISTORY. THOUSANDS COME TO RESEARCH
COUNTY AND GENEALOGICAL HISTORY.
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