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History Makers to be honored by McLean County Museum of History

Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:50:18 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

History Makers to be honored by McLean County Museum of History The McLean County Museum of History plans to honor people who have spent their lives in service to the area. Museum Director Greg Koos says three history makers will be recognized at a gala in June on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.


The honorees include former Mclean County Board Chair Nancy Froelich, labor leader Paul Penn, and the late activist Caribel Washington who taught the community a great deal through the black history project.


Washington mentored generations of State Farm Insurance workers, worked for civil rights, and researched African American history in the area. Koos says Froelich was active in fostering intergovernmental cooperation and education. Penn helped revitalize the Normal Theater, created a World War Two monument, and helped the Baby Fold expand among many other contributions.


Community nominees accepted in future years. Koos says the museum's gala and annual meeting will feature dramatized performances on Washington, Penn, and Froelich by the Illinois Voices Theater Project.


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