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Children's Discovery Museum - www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net - 101 East Beaufort Street, Normal IL 61761 - 309.433.3444
Make time to visit the newest and most exciting children's museum to hit the Midwest. Explore, imagine, create and play with three floors of unique, hands-on, larger than life exhibits.

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site - www.daviddavismansion.org - 1000 East Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.828.1084
A visit to Judge David Davis' estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination, and, in turn, Lincoln appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court.

Evelyn Chapel - Illinois Wesleyan University - 1301 North Park Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.556.3161
Evelyn Chapel has won international acclaim for both architecture and interior design. A Casavant-Freres organ with more than 1,650 pipes is an integral part of the buildings design.

Funk's Prairie Home and Gem & Mineral Museum - 10875 Prairie Home Lane, Shirley, IL 61772 - 309.827.6792
The restored 1864 residence of Illinois State Senator, co-founder of Chicago's Union stockyards and cattle king of Illinois, LaFayette Funk, includes historic memorabilia and antiques of the Funk family. The Gem and Mineral Museum features the hall of Gem and Minerals with its dazzling display of many rare and beautiful stones and the Indian artifact room with early examples of Native American culture.

Historic Route 66 Memory Lane - Lexington, IL 61753
Along Historic Route 66, this traditional park features restored billboards, classic business banners and Burma-Shave signs on a quaint tree-lined scenic road into downtown Lexington.

Matthew T. Scott Home - 227 North First Street, Chenoa, IL 61726 - 815.945.4555
This was one of the first homes of well-known agriculturist Matthew T. Scott and his wife, Julia (Green) Scott, one of the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution, before they purchased the Scott-Vrooman Mansion and moved to Bloomington. The Chenoa home has been restored to its original condition.

McLean County Museum of History - www.mchistory.org - 200 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.827.0428
From Kickapoo Indians to early European settlers, from the small town where Lincoln practiced law to today's thriving community, the stories of this uniquely Midwestern place are told at the McLean County Museum of History. The museum traces its roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historic Society was founded.

Miller Park Pavilion and War Memorial - 1020 South Morris Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61761 - 309.434.2260
This unique landmark was restored in 1977 and is quite impressive with its rambling porches, chandelier lighting and interesting design.

Prairie Aviation Museum - www.prairieaviationmuseum.org - 2929 East Empire, Bloomington, IL 61704 - 309.663.7632
At the Prairie Aviation Museum, see the Lindbergh display, revolving aviation exhibits and memorabilia, a mini-theatre, world famous aircraft models and more.

Rike House Museum - 406 North Chestnut Street, LeRoy, IL 61752 - 309.962.3311 or 309.962.7141
Built in 1853, the house of blacksmith Robert Ingle has undergone extensive restoration. The museum features antiques, a Rike family Bible, LeRoy's first piano and the original fireplace.

Simpkins War Museum - 605 East Cole, Heyworth, IL 61745 - 309.473.3989
Mr. Simpkins began his extensive and unique personal collection of Civil War artifacts when he was twelve. Visitors may view over 130 pieces of military headgear, over 300 uniforms and more than 50 military weapons.

Site of Major's Hall - Corner of Front and East Streets, Bloomington, IL 61701
A plaque commemorates the building where, on May 29, 1856 at a convention of the Republican Party of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln addressed a room of delegates and reporters with what would become known as his "lost speech". Although there are no verifiable records of the speech, it was this event that propelled Lincoln to the White House.

Stevenson Graves - Evergreen Cemetery - 302 East Miller Street, Bloomington, IL 61701 - 309.827.6950
The Stevenson family has brought honor to McLean County for three generations. Buried here are Adlai I, Vice-President for Grover Cleveland, and Adlai II, who was Governor of Illinois, Ambassador to the United Nations and twice Democratic Candidate for the United States Presidency. Also buried here are Adlai I's wife Letitia (Green) Stevenson, who was Second National President-General of the Daughters of the American Revolution from 1893-1898 and her sister, Julia (Green) Scott, the Seventh National President-General of the D.A.R. from 1909-1913.

Telephone Museum of Gridley - 318 Center Street, Gridley, IL 61744 - 309.747.3177
The Telephone Museum houses a collection of early telephones, equipment and memorabilia associated with the ongoing development of a rural independent telephone company established in 1900. The 1920 Gridley Telephone office is set up exactly as it was in 1920. The old switchboard is a "hands-on" working interactive visitor's display.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum - www.alplm.org - 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62701 - 217.558.8844
Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield, IL communicates the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.

 

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