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Drainage; Farming; Farmers; Agriculture; History; Champaign County, Illinois
Long Ceramic Field Tile. Trumpet-shaped with flared end at the bottom. Tapererd with an enlarged ring and narrow fitting rim on the other end. Hand thrown.
Bedkey and Folding Bed
Bed, Folding; Log cabins; Bedkey; Pioneers; Settlers; Westward movement; Sleep tight!
Bedkey and folding rope bed
Local Indian Traditions
Kickapoo Nation; Custer, Milo, 1880-; Bloomington, Illinois; Indians of North America
Milo Custer's 1914 account of local indian traditions (7 pages).
Native American Bandolier Bag
Pouch; Bags; Native American; Indians of North America; Beads; Celebrations; Decorations; Bandoliers
A bandolier bag is a large pouch with a long continuous strap. This one is made of deerskin. The panel between the strap and pouch is covered with black velvet. Along the bottom edge are wool yarn tassels...
Native American Moccasins (pair)
Footwear; Moccasins; Clothing & dress; Apparel; Native American; Indians of North America; Shoes; Leather; Algonquin
Moccasins are footwear made of leather. This pair has soft deerskin uppers and hardened rawhide soles; they are stitched entirely by hand. The uppers are decorated with white, red and blue beads sewn on...
Painting: Coastal Sunset and Mountains
Painting; Seascape; Oil on canvas; Folk art; Krans, Olof, 1838-1916; Immigrants
A painting of a sun setting beyond a mountainous coastline with a number of boats hugging shore on right. Black and white birds perch on a group of large rocks extending into the picture from the left...
Wooden Water Pipe
Water; Pipes; Water supply; Water system; Plumbing; Chicago, Illinois;
This water pipe is two sections of hollowed-out wooden logs connected by a smaller wooden tube that bisects the center of each log. The dimensions of the two large wooden logs are ten inches in diameter....
Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
French Colonial District; French Colonial Period; Ste. Genevieve, Missouri; Vertical log construction; Bolduc, Louis
The Bolduc House has a stockade or property fence (pieux debouts), typical of many French homes, which encloses its yard and backyard garden, as well as outbuildings. This provided security and kept domestic...
Isaac and Cassandra Funk
Funk, Isaac, 1797-1865; Funk, Cassandra; Funk's Grove, Illinois; McLean County, Illinois
Isaac and Cassandra Funk were important early settlers of McLean County.
Sugar; Pioneers; Cookery; Food;
Sugar cutter made from iron with a wooden handle. Made by AK and Sons.
Late Paleolithic Holcombe Point
Ice Age; Paleo Indians; Stone Age; Arms & armament; Settlers
Late Paleolithic Holcombe projectile point found in Dale Township.
Kickapoo Nation; Equipment; Axes; Indians of North America
This trade axe was manufactured by white settlers and traded to the Kickapoo.
Kickapoo Nation; Equipment; Commerce; Scissors & shears; Indians of North America
These iron scissors were manufactured by white settlers and traded with the Kickapoo.
Gun Lock Plate
Kickapoo Nation; Equipment; Commerce; Firearms;
This gun lock plate is made of iron. It was a trade item - white settlers traded the gun plate to the Kickapoo.
Settlers; McLean County, Illinois
Survivors of the severe winters called themselves "Snowbirds", and they would meet annually to relive their memories.
Landscape with Birch Trees
Transportation; French Colonial Period; Fur trade; Voyageurs; Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Drawing by Frederic Remington. Paper birch trees grow well in the cool climate of the upper Great Lakes. The bark, which peels off in large sheets, can be used to make canoes.
Pass in the Raccoon Range, No. 1
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial Works
Reproduction of a black and white photograph of the Pass in the Raccoon Range, No. 1. Source: Barnard, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, Embracing Scenes of the Occupation of Nashville,...
Karr Homestead, Bloomington, Illinois
McLean County, Illinois; Homesteading; Pioneers; Frontier & pioneer life; Farms; Fences;
The Karr homestead near Bloomington, photographed about 1885, shows an example of what pioneer field and fences were like.
Delaware Village in Federal Land Survey
McLean County, Illinois; Villages; Maps; Measured drawings;
The Federal Land Surveyors recorded a Delaware village near the Mackinaw River. The area west of the village is where John Thompson planted his first crop in 1829.
McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Frontier & pioneer life; Settlers;
This corn mortar was used by early McLean County settler John Moore for pounding corn.
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