McLean County Museum of History awarded Superiority Achievement

The full series can be viewed for free on the museum’s YouTube Channel. (Photo Courtesy of McLean County Museum of History)

By Jake Fogal

BLOOMINGTON-The McLean County Museum of History (MCMH) has been recognized for it’s distinguished work on it’s groundbreaking series, “Breaking Bread in McLean County.” The Illinois Association for Museums awarded MCMH Superior Achievement in Community Partnership.

The 10 part program detailed the shared and differing experiences of local migrant communities from the Kickapoo to Congolese Americans. The full series can be viewed for free on the museum’s YouTube Channel.

The series was a collaboration between MCMH in Downtown Bloomington, BN Welcoming (a coalition of the Immigration Project, Not In Our Town/Not In Our Schools, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, Mennonite Church of Normal, First United Methodist Church), Design Streak at Illinois State University (ISU), and Heartland Community College (HCC).

“I am most impressed with how different community organizations came together to develop this series,” said MCMH Executive Director Julie Emig. 

“Everyone contributed to the success of this program, but none of it would have been possible if not for Hannah Johnson, the Director of Youth & Family Education at the Museum, and her brilliant leadership,”

The full series can be viewed for free on the museum’s YouTube Channel.

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