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McLean County Museum of History welcomes spring with fresh outlook and additional programs
The McLean County Museum of History and its education department is busy putting together spring programming. “We are hoping to attract an even larger and more diverse audience this year with the new programs and the recently opened Pedal Power exhibit”, says Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and community relations. 

In April, the Museum will host a number of culturally diverse programs.  On April 5, the Museum will present, Dr. King, I Remember: local reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination.  This tribute will be a sharing of local reflections on the 50th anniversary the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the McLean County Museum of History. This multimedia presentation will explore the impact Dr. King had on individuals in our community, and will include dramatic performances, as well as readings from some of his letters and speeches. The presentation will conclude with a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” by local student Bradley Ross Jackson. This program is presented jointly by Illinois Voices Theatre and the McLean County Museum of History and will be held in the Museum’s second floor Governor Fifer Courtroom. Admission is $5.00 per person.

On Saturday, April 7, Redbirds will want to flock to the Museum at 1:00 p.m. when Illinois State University archivist, April Karlene Anderson will present, “The Walls Speak: Telling ISU’s Story Through its Campus Buildings.” This program will be held in conjunction with the publication of Anderson’s recent book Illinois State University, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series. Anderson’s presentation will feature a small selection of the many historic photographs housed in the collection of the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives that served as the foundation of the book. 

The Museum’s Lunch and Learn series has developed a following since it began in conjunction with Illinois Wesleyan and Collaborative solutions a number of years ago.  On Thursday, April 12, at noon. Mike Matejka, labor historian and Governmental Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council and editor of Grand Prairie Union News, will present a program, McLean County Transportation Crossroads.

This program will explore the Chicago and Alton shops on Bloomington's West Side, Route 66, the expanding Central Illinois Regional Airport, and more to illustrate how transportation infrastructure was critical to our critical to our community’s growth. Do not forget to bring your lunch. 

Saturday, April 14, it is time for Movies Under the Dome series.  Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) has a run time of 1 hour 33 minutes and rated PG. A brief intermission will feature family-friendly activities. Drinks, treats, and popcorn will be available for purchase. 

"The wide variety of programs we're able to offer is just another sign of the success of our recent Extending Excellence capital campaign," said Director of Development Lauren Lacy. "One of our campaign initiatives was to hire a third Museum educator. The Museum benefited from the addition of Anthony Bowman immediately after he started working part-time in 2014, but it is nothing compared to what we have seen since he went full-time after we met our campaign goal. Not only have we been able to meet an increased demand for our core educational programming, such as school field trips and our Senior Reminiscence Program, but we've also been able to schedule many more special events and programs."

All programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated, and are held in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom.

For information about these programs, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428.  Lauren Lacey can be reached at llacy@mchistory.org Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets, or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.