Peoria History

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Norm Kelly, the well-known Peoria historian and author, has died following a year-long battle with cancer.

Peoria Historical Society

This week on Out & About, Beth Johnson of the Peoria Historical Society joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new History Walking Tours being offered throughout the summer. Each tour was designed by one of the several passionate history experts who serve with the Peoria Historical Society. The tours cover a wide variety of aspects of Peoria’s past, including famous people and their homes, the theatre district, and notable landmark buildings and memorials. Tours are limited to 8 people and require advance ticket purchase.

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

As part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, the Peoria Public Library is displaying the Balance Crazy Quilt and other works on loan from the Peoria Historical Society. The Peoria Women’s Club is furnished with multiple artifacts and works of art, including several paintings by sisters Nona and Emily White. And the Peoria Riverfront Museum is showing eight newly-acquired works by women artists.

BU launches Friedan tribute website

Feb 19, 2013

Bradley University’s website now has a page that honors Betty Friedan.  The University and the Betty Friedan Tribute Committee launched the Tribute page.  It honors the Peoria native and leading figure in the Women’s Rights movement.  People can visit the page at http://bradley.edu/bettyfriedantribute/.  The University says the launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of Friedan’s book ‘The Feminine Mystique.’  The website will be updated regularly with the latest scholarship and news about Friedan.

Peoria's Hidden Treasures: The Art of Water Street

Feb 13, 2013
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This week on Peoria's Hidden Treasures, we’re looking at works of art on Water Street in downtown Peoria.On the wall above the Water Street Café is a mural depicting New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parade. Revelers include a court jester, a centaur and a bull and a mermaid. A few blocks away is a sculpture called “Peoria Portal.” Consisting of a column of raw granite, a column of bronze, and a modern arch, the piece encapsulates a history of architectural ideas. Across from Contemporary Art Center stands a sculpture, “Flight of the Cakewalkers,” by Peoria’s Preston Jackson.