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 2014:
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 KKK was.
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
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."