Former Bloomington Mayor Jesse Smart joked as he received the McLean County History Museum's History Makers Award, "We all at some time in our life hope that at our funeral somebody will have something nice to say. So, I appreciate the fact that I am here tonight ."[to hear nice comments.]
Each year the McLean County Museum of History Board selects the History Makers who are recognized for outstanding, lifelong contributions of time and talents that have helped make McLean County a better place to live.
This year's History Makers include:
• Craig Hart, business leader, preservationist, and volunteer who co-founded Heritage Enterprises in 1962 and worked to restore and preserve historic downtown Bloomington;
• Charles and Jeanne Morris, educators, civil rights activists, and volunteers whose involvement with numerous organizations have improved life for minorities and children in the community;
• Jesse Smart, who served three terms as mayor of Bloomington and has participated in numerous volunteer organizations; and
• Judy Stone, whose work as a volunteer and activist included the foundation of the local branches of Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity.