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Grand Opening - Challenges, Choices, & Change: Working for a Living exhibit

Sat Sep 8 13:00:00 2018

The public is invited to a grand opening program to unveil the Museum’s fourth permanent exhibit, Challenges, Choices, and Change: Working for a Living. The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. followed by a program with exhibit curator Mike Matejka in the the Museum’s second floor courtroom at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments including a build-your-own cookie bar will begin at 1:00 p.m. until supplies run out.

In addition, a Labor and Work Street Fair will be held on the Main Street and Jefferson Streets sides of the Museum. From 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. the public is invited to participate in hands-on activities offered by area businesses, local unions, trades people, skilled workers, and artisans. Street Fair activities will include the following:

Brandt Consolidated- Agricultural Farm Equipment on display and employment information
Illinois Laborers and Contractors JATP- GPS & surveying, Virtual Reality goggles, traffic control and laborers work simulation
Bloomington/Normal Electrical JATC- conduit bending and other electrical activities
Altorfer Inc.- tractor display and other information
R Way Trucking- Semi with dump trailer, CB radio activity, and coloring for kids
Carpenter’s Local Union 237- building tool boxes
Heritage Schoolhouse Press with Storyteller Mike Lockett- storytelling and musical performances
Connect Transit- Community Bus with information about Connect Transit has evolved.
Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 99 will have an exhibit about how plumbing works.
Meltdown Creative Works will be doing Live Screen Printing.
Prairie Aviation Museum will have a Hughes Helicopter on display along with educational information regarding general aviation.
City of Bloomington – Fire will be bringing one of their fire engines.
Painters District Council No. 30 will be painting the tool boxes created with the Carpenter’s Local Union 237.

Ecology Action Center will have a hands on recycling education activity.

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 6 will have hand-on bricklaying, tool demonstrations, and information about careers.

Half Hazard Press will be open for visitors to check out all of their creations and learn about their shop too.

Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street. For more information about this free public program, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.

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Grand Opening - Challenges, Choices, & Change: Working for a Living exhibit