"The Wreck of the Columbia: A Broken Boat, A Town's Sorrow and the End of the Steamboat Era"
Presentation by Peoria author Ken Zurski
Thu, Jan 5 | 6 pm
On the night of July 5, 1918, a steamboat named Columbia, returning from a moonlight excursion, collapsed and sank in the middle of the Illinois River. Of the nearly 500 passengers on board that night, most were from the town of Pekin. Eighty-seven people lost their lives in the disaster. The rest were left to tell their stories of fortitude and survival. The worst maritime accident in the history of the Illinois River, the wreck of the Columbia is a mostly forgotten tragedy today. Ken Zurski is a longtime broadcaster and author of The Wreck of the Columbia. A native of Chicagoland, where he was a radio personality for many years, Ken now works in Peoria and resides in Morton with his wife Connie and two children, Sam and Nora. Both of Ken’s books, The Wreck of the Columbia and Peoria Stories are part of the permanent collection at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Ken has a website of forgotten history stories: www.unremberedhistory.com
FREE for Seniors!
Senior Morning "Titanic!"
Wed, Jan 11 | 10 am
We invite you to join us as we take a trip back in time to explore Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Doors open at 9:45 am. Coffee and light snacks will be provided at 10:00 a.m. There will be a program in the auditorium at 10:30 a.m. by Ann Schmitt, followed by a visit to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
Free event for seniors. Free admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during January's Senior Morning is generously sponsored by Mrs. Nancy C. Neumiller.
High Tea on the High Seas
Designed for PreK Learners & Families!
Sat, Jan 14 | 11 am - 1 pm
All aboard! Preschool kiddos and their families are invited to join us for a uniquely nautical tea party! Guests will enjoy sweet treats, tea and cocoa, a special story time, sea-inspired crafts and icy demonstrations, and a one-of-a-kind photo booth. You’ll even have the chance to build your own baking soda and vinegar powered boat! This event is geared towards children ages 3-5, but all children are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required.
Titanic Trivia Night in the Dome
Fri, Jan 27 | 7 pm
Come experience a unique pub trivia night like never before in the Dome Planetarium! You'll entertain trivia questions from both the historic titanic, the film Titanic, as well as astronomy and more! The winning team will get a fabulous prize from our gift shop. Included with admission is a free drink and food buffet. A cash bar will be available. Ages 21+.
First Class Titanic Dinner (Fundraiser)
Fri, Feb 10 | 5:30 pm
First-class Titanic-style dinner fundraiser with special lecture & presentation by famed RMS Titanic explorer Paul-Henry "PH" Nargeolet. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers, a special lecture, and a sumptuous multi-course dinner like the one served to first-class passengers aboard Titanic on April 14, 1912.
Museum After Dark: Titanic Date Night - SOLD OUT!
Sat, Feb 11 | 7 pm
Looking for a unique way to spend an evening with your significant other? Come to the Riverfront Museum for a couples date night to remember, featuring an after hours walk through of "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition", a planetarium show, and a couples challenge in IHSA! Light snacks and a cash bar will be available in the lobby. Ages 21+.
Crossing The Atlantic in 1912
Designed for Homeschoolers!
Wednesdays, February 15 - March 8, 1:30-2:30 pm
Join us for this unique history class as we journey back in time to take a closer look at the luxury and risk involved in crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the early 20th century. Students will use a case study to learn about the culture of the time, the physics involved in ship building, and what was going on in our land-locked state of Illinois at the time. The class even includes a special gallery tour and several hands-on activities to engage students and bring history to life! Taught by the Programs Department.
Science of Cold Things Workshop
Fridays, January 20 - February 10, 4:30-5:30 pm
Winter and colder weather are here! In this class we will explore how and why things behave differently under colder conditions. We will experiment with things like frozen carbon dioxide (-109 degrees F), liquid nitrogen (-321 degrees F), and even icebergs and shivery salt water to find out! Students should bring winter gloves with them! Dave Grebner: Museum Learning Coordinator. Ages 9-14.
Teen Night: Titanic Murder Mystery
Fri, Feb 24 | 6-8 pm
Join the Riverfront Museum in a teen night to remember. Come solve a Titanic-themed murder mystery, assemble your own team or join one at the Museum! Must be in high school or college age.
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Engineering Challenge: Build a Boat!
Tues, Feb 28 | 5-6 pm
What stops a ship from sinking? Learn all about the delicate physics of density and buoyancy, and then put your knowledge to the test! How much weight will your boat hold? Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator, BA. Ages 7-10.
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Measuring the Heavens: Nautical Navigation
Sun, Mar 5 | 2 pm
Join Jack Daleske, Riverfront Museum Planetarium Educator, for a lecture on the art of navigation in the age of sail.
Museum After Dark: Titanic Murder Mystery - SOLD OUT!
Fri, Mar 10 | 7 pm
Join the Riverfront Museum in an evening to remember. Come solve a Titanic-themed murder mystery, assemble your own team or join one at the Museum! Ages 21+.
Wine & Art: Hand Lettering with Chelsie Tamms of Lettering Works
Sat, Mar 18 | 7 pm
Join a local artist who will lead you in creating a piece of art! You'll enjoy a selection of wines while creating something beautiful. Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones while you make the perfect winter decoration or gift for someone! All materials and wine are included.
This program is conditional upon minimum participation. Ages 21+.
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