The McLean County Museum of History has named an administrator for its planned Bloomington-Normal Visitors center.
Barb Adkins is former Bloomington deputy city clerk. She has been hired for the part-time post.
Museum executive director Greg Koos says Adkins knows the community well and will be an excellent ambassador to visitors.
Adkins says she's excited to showcase the downtown area and a visitors' center exhibit highlighting the area's ties to Abraham Lincoln and historic U.S. 66.
Koos says officials are hoping to open the center next summer.
The center will have information on attractions, shopping and exhibits in Bloomington, Normal and McLean County.
New landscaping for the museum grounds will also be installed. It's part of a $3 million capital program that includes interactive exhibits, an endowment and other improvements.