To make a reservation for the Jan. 3 KKK program or any of the other
programs remaining in the series, phone 217-648-5077 between 8 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or leave a voice message with your phone
number at other times.
The Atlanta Public Library and Museum is
presenting "Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Café," a free series
of events at the Palms Grill, 110 SW Arch St., on Old Route 66 in
downtown Atlanta. The programs run through February and feature
local speakers who present 45- to 60-minute presentations or
activities following dinner at the Palms Grill. Dinner begins at
5:30 p.m., and the evening's program or activity starts at 7 p.m.
Reservations are required and limited to 50 people.
Programs on the schedule for the remainder of this year and in
Friday, Dec. 13, and
repeated on Friday, Jan. 3
"It's a Mystery to Me: Atlanta & the KKK"
In this program, the Atlanta Historic Commission and the Atlanta
Museum ask you to consider Atlanta's involvement with the Ku Klux
Klan in the mid-1920s. Artifacts, documentation, photos and period
newspaper accounts will be presented and examined, with the goal of
having those attending decide what the "history" of Atlanta and the
Friday, Jan. 17
"Movie Magic in Atlanta"
Christopher Myers and Cory Berstein, of Bloomington-Normal, will
share how they became the winners of the 2011 Normal Theater Short
Film Festival. People attending will view their 2011 winning entry,
plus learn about and watch their newest movie project, including a
number of scenes filmed in downtown Atlanta.
Friday, Jan. 24
"Foundations of Atlanta: The John Dowdy Story"
The Atlanta Historic Commission and the Atlanta Museum will tell
the story of John Dowdy, a man whose lifelong work can be found
underfoot throughout most of the community, in the form of the
sidewalks everyone treads upon, as well beneath many of Atlanta's
older homes, in the form of their concrete block foundations. In
addition, the people attending will learn about a library program in
which a group of Atlantans have teamed up with students from Olympia
South Elementary School in a project to re-create the purple martin
houses Mr. Dowdy used to build and maintain in downtown Atlanta.
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Friday, Feb. 7
"Illinois Office of Tourism Update"
Ms. Jen Hoelzle, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism,
leads the state's tourism industry marketing and development
efforts. Before joining the Office of Tourism in October 2012, she
served as the director of external engagement for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and in several capacities for the
state of Illinois. Ms. Hoelzle has brought fresh ideas for statewide
tourism strategies and pushed for heavy social media engagement
designed to drive new visitors to Illinois. She'll update the group
attending on the current state of tourism in Illinois.
Friday, Feb. 21
"Wheels of Change: The History of Bicycles in Atlanta"
The Atlanta Historic Commission and Atlanta Museum will team up
again to present a concise history of the bicycle in Atlanta. The
program will examine the social implications of the invention that
hit the streets -- and railroads -- of early Atlanta through the
present day. Of course, one cannot study the bicycle without coming
across the name of the infamous George "Sonny" McIntyre, one of
Atlanta's most eccentric citizens and the builder of many of the
town's bicycles for close to 50 years. Come to this program to learn
about McIntyre, share your stories and speculate about the future of
bicycles in Atlanta.
Friday, Feb. 28
"It's a Mystery to Me: The Bucket of Blood"
Sometime in the early afternoon on Tuesday, April 2, 1935, a
murder-suicide happened involving Joseph and Verna Rehrman, owners
of the Popular Inn, a roadhouse on Route 66 just north of Atlanta.
The mystery of exactly what transpired that fateful day will be
recounted in a new narrative written by Terri Ryburn, based upon
research conducted by the Atlanta Museum and the Atlanta Historic
Commission. Learn about this tragedy, as well as share stories you
may have heard growing up, as this program examines the mystery of
"The Bucket of Blood."
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