GLT's McHistory McHistory goes back in time to explore big moments and small stories from McLean County history. McHistory episodes can be heard periodically on GLT's Sound Ideas. The series is produced in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History.
GLT's McHistory

GLT's McHistory

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McHistory goes back in time to explore big moments and small stories from McLean County history. McHistory episodes can be heard periodically on GLT's Sound Ideas. The series is produced in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History.

Most Recent Episodes

McHistory: When Local Abolitionists Risked Their Lives

Though a city in the free north, southern-state settled McLean County was not a welcome environment for members of the anti-slave movement.

McHistory: Bloomington's War On Dogs

At the tail end of the Civil War, there was another battle stirring in the City of Bloomington: the war on dogs.

McHistory: Passing The Civil Rights Act

Amidst the civil rights movement, one Bloomington clergyman traveled south of the Mason-Dixon line to register blacks to vote.

McHistory: Bloomington-Normal Under Jim Crow Law

In the era of Jim Crow laws, enforced racial segregation kept blacks and whites separate at restaurants, in bathrooms, and in education.

McHistory: 33 Years On The Streetcar

Today's Connect Transit bus system can trace its roots in Bloomington-Normal back more than 130 years. A new form of transportation connected Bloomington residents in the late 1800's, a horse railway.

McHistory: Painter And Scoundrel

We always like to hear stories of lovable rogues, the scalawags who cannot help but be loved despite their moral gray areas. Here is one such story.

McHistory: Bloomington's Settlement House

As many social service agencies in the state suffer from lack of state funding today, we hearken back to an era when such services came only from the local community. GLT's Charlie Schlenker produced this edition of the occasional series McHistory done in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History.

McHistory: When Socialism Really Was Socialism

There's a lot of talk this year about the anger of Americans who used to be middle class, those who feel insecure about their future and their society. Today we revive GLT's occasional series McHistory, with a look at a time in Bloomington Normal people were a lot more fearful and angry than they are now. It was the Great Depression and people who were accused of being socialists really were.

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