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Lady Landowners

The Annual Lady Landowners Tour adventured to McLean County


The Marshall-Putnam River Conservancy sponsored their annual ladies trip for area Lady Landowners. On September 12th, the tour headed into McLean County for a day of agriculture. After a brief breakfast at the Henry Presbyterian Church, the ladies boarded the bus and headed south. Their first stop was to the Funk Prairie Home and Gem Museum. Here they toured the Prairie home, built in 1864. The details and intricate design captivated the tour group as they moved throughout the home. They learned of how life and farming were in the late 1800s. The gem museum show cased many beautiful and amazing collections, some of which are rare and some even glow in the dark! It houses a 30 year collection of minerals, artifacts and carvings. From there, the tour wandered about 30 minutes to the south, to a small town of Atlanta, where they enjoyed a luncheon at the Palms Grill. A 1930-40s themed caf that opened first in 1934 and is along Route 66! After lunch, the ladies headed over to the PrairiErth Farm. There they were treated to the how-tos of organic farming, different practices and a presentation by owner David Bishop. Once the tour was complete at the farm, the tour headed back into Bloomington to the McLean County Museum of History. There they were able to see the newly opened display of Farming on the Prairie. A permanent exhibit showcasing what life was like if you were a farmer on the prairie during the 1800s and beyond. It was a beautiful day for the tour and an educational one at that!


A big thank you to all that helped bring the tour together The Funk Prairie Home and Gem Museum, David Bishop from PrairiErth Farms, The Palms Grill and the McLean County Museum of History; as well as the Marshall-Putnam River Conservancy District, the Marshall-Putnam Soil & Water Conservation District and Diana Williamson for all the help in putting on a wonderful tour again this year. We hope to see you again next year for the tour!

Conservation Camp

Conservation Camp returns to Lake Thunderbird!


On June 29th, the Marshall-Putnam River Conservancy District, the Marshall-Putnam SWCD and the Marshall-Putnam U of I Extension office, will hold the annual Conservation Camp at Lake Thunderbird. Registration and information will be available soon!



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