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Annual meeting at Vrooman Mansion

701 E. Taylor,
Bloomington, IL
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.

Members and friends are invited to our Annual Meeting at the Vrooman Mansion, 701 E. Taylor, Bloomington on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and wine will be served. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Learn about some of the more curious chapters of local history in Bill Kemp’s illustrated talk “McLean County Stories” - from Native Americans to the coming of the railroads to eccentrics who have made this stretch of Central Illinois home.

Think history is boring? Think again! Bill Kemp has served as librarian for the McLean County Museum of History for ten-plus years. Prior to that, he was at Milner Library, Illinois State University. Kemp has masters' degrees from the University of Illinois Springfield and Illinois State University.

Second Thursday looking for older homes

There are no Second Thursdays in the planning stages. Thank you for all your loyal support for the past 14 months. We are committed to continuing these fun, monthly mini tours. But we need historic homes to have them in. So, please consider nominating your own home, a neighbor, relative or friend.

Homes should be 50 years old or older and feature many (but not all) original elements. They can be occupied or on the market. They can be of various sizes and styles. The Old House Society purchases all supplies, food and beverages sponsored by Main Street Brokers and Associates. We bring linens, serving dishes etc. - even the corkscrew for the wine - and we do the set up and clean up. If the house is vacant we bring tables, chairs and even ice chests.

So please consider sharing your historic home with the people in McLean County who love old houses the most! Contact Laurie at lbvial6@gmail.com or 309-242-8571. Thank you again for attending and to the home owners who have graciously opened their houses to showcase in many cases loving restoration. Watch here for future updates.

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