Free hands-on family friendly outdoor learning event!
Sun, May 6, 1-4 pm
Washington Street in front of the Museum
Celebrate Illinois hands-on with Central Illinois building and construction trades experts and apprentices! This special family friendly event encourages visitors of all ages to try bricklaying, bending sheet metal - even driving heavy machinery and more!
Museum, Washington Street
Among the many activities, visitors will be able to try out a jackhammer, survey equipment, virtual reality goggles, and other tools of the trade, as well as using materials - hammer, bend, and form sheet metal into various shapes, lay bricks and more!
Operating Engineers Local 649 will be hosting a Mobile Training Unit with special heavy equipment experience where visitors can learn to operate actual contraction equipment and talk to current Operating Engineer Apprentices.
Examine projects that have been fabricated by our members over the years and talk with experts.
Sponsored by The Better Built® Network and our Peoria area building and construction trades.
Join us for Special Illinois Lecture Series event!
Panel Discussion: History of Labor in Illinois
Sun, May 6, 2 p.m., Giant Screen Theater
Illinois was an important contributor to the Labor Movement. Learn about the key events in Illinois history that led to safer working conditions and the growth of the labor unions. View AFL-CIO director Reubon Soderstrom's gavels in the Celebrate Illinois bicentennial exhibition and learn more about Illinois labor. Reception with coffee and light refreshments to follow.
Dr. Carl Soderstorm, grandson of labor leader and 40-year AFL-CIO, president Reuben Soderstorm
Chris Stevens, reporter, the Labor Paper
Mike Matejka, labor scholar and Legislative Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers District Council
Lecture free for members & with general admission.