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RAILROADERS: What’s Coming Down the Line? – The Railroad in the American Mind with Mike Matejka at Peoria Riverfront Museum

Saturday, November 13
Starts at 1:00 PM

Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602

RAILROADERS: What’s Coming Down the Line? – The Railroad in the American Mind with Mike Matejka at Peoria Riverfront Museum

MCMH Museum members and friends are invited to take a trip to the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday, November 13 to hear local labor historian Mike Matejka present ”What’s Coming Down the Line? – The Railroad in the American Mind” in collaboration with the Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The railroad reshaped America. Our time punctuality, economic system, labor relations, children’s toys, music and film were all transformed by the railroad. This visual lecture explores those topics plus railroad workers, Gilded Age excess, fine passenger travel and Peoria’s railroad network. Even our language reflects railroad themes. Come aboard and hear the whistle blow, as we explore the railroad’s cultural impact.

Normal resident Mike Matejka is the former Governmental Affairs director for Peoria’s Great Plains Laborers District Council and editor of the Grand Prairie Union News. He still writes for the Peoria Labor Paper. He is on the McLean County Museum of History Board of Directors, is the Illinois Labor History Society’s vice-president, and serves on the Historic Pullman Foundation advisory committee. He’s written extensively on railroad and other historical topics and was the guest curator for five different McLean County Museum of History exhibitions.

This special presentation will be held in the Gilmore Auditorium (lower level) from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum

Members of the McLean County Museum of History receive FREE general admission to the Peoria Riverfront Museum through the Time Travelers reciprocal membership program.

****Members also receive FREE admission to Mike’s presentation using code RAILS.

Register HERE for the lecture.

Come for the lecture and stay for the day!

With your general admission ticket, you can enjoy free admission to all galleries and public planetarium shows. While you are there, be sure to enjoy Jack Delano’s “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography” and other museum exhibitions including “Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection: Design & Duplication,” “Community: African American Freedom, Perseverance & Leadership During Migration,” Preston Jackson’s “Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story” installation, and “American Verses.”

Members can receive discounted tickets to “T Rex: The Ultimate Predator.” Peoria is the first stop on this amazing exhibition straight from the American Museum of Natural History.

Lecture attendees will receive a voucher for Rocky Mountain Express showing that day in our Giant Screen Theater. The cost to MCMH members is $5.00 with the voucher.

Cost of T Rex tickets for MCMH members:

Adult - $7.00

Age 60+ - $6.00

Child (age 3-17) - $5.00

Enjoy FREE parking inside the Riverfront Museum’s covered garage located off of Water Street.

Please contact Angela Drach with questions: adrach@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org