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The ISU Quad: Gateway to the Wider World

Date & Time
Saturday, July 15, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$17 for Museum Members, $20 for Non-Members
209 North Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Join the McLean County Museum of History for a fascinating, historically enriching stroll through Illinois State University’s Quad on Saturday, July 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.! You’ll hear how one of the more picturesque spots in all Central Illinois speaks to the surrounding community and beyond.

This walking tour will be led by Museum Librarian Bill Kemp and ISU Milner Library Government Documents Librarian Angela Bonnell and kick off at the Normal Theater. Following a brief presentation, the walk will highlight a range of topics, including the lost natural environment; the removal of Indigenous peoples; the role steam power and railroads in the transformation of the landscape; 19th century Black Normal; the rise of women’s athletics; lost neighborhoods; picketing racially segregated business and protesting the Vietnam War; and much, much more!

This program is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older. The cost per person is $17 for members of the Museum and $20 for the general public. The program will include boxed lunches and bottled water. Parking will be available in any parking garage in Uptown Normal. For more information on parking, click here. Box lunch choices are: Black Forest Ham sandwich, Turkey sandwich, or Veggie Wrap. Box lunches also include chips, cookie, and pickle. The tour is limited to 30 people. Registration is due by July 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Registration can be made by calling the Museum at 309-827-0428, emailing the Education Department at, online at /ISUQuad23, or in our Visitors Center. Payment can be made via all major credit cards. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

So come join us—not only will you get your steps in, you might learn something new along the way!