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A photo taken inside the McLean County Home for Colored Children in October 1935
McLean County Museum of History

The care of orphaned, abandoned, and rejected African American children in Bloomington Normal has not always been kind or good, or even wanted in certain parts of town.

This episode of McHistory offers an unflinching perspective of Bloomington-Normal's past.

Louise Calimese and her husband Napoleon led the McLean County Home for Colored Children for nearly three decades.

WGLT's Mary Cullen produced this episode of McHistory, featuring Bill Kemp of the McLean County Museum of History and Jennifer Rusk with the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Walk.

Amy Miller at Evergreen Cemetery Walk
Rachel Masa

If there's an interesting story to tell about McLean County's history, Amy Miller has probably heard it.

Exploring Bloomington's Tie To An American Classic

Jul 19, 2019
Dorothy tree carving at cemetery
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery / Courtesy

"The Wizard of Oz" was first published in 1900. It's an American classic, with many knowing the story by heart.

Rhys Lovell looks at statue
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Nearly to the day 139 years after making his major league baseball debut on May 5, 1880, a tree carving of Bloomington's Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn was dedicated not quite 60 feet, 6 inches from his final resting place.