Atlanta Public Library and Museum presents Dinner Programs at the Palms
October 8, 2013, The Atlanta Public Library and Museum once again present “Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe”. This free series of events is held at the Palms Grill Café, located at 110 SW Arch Street (Old Rt. 66) in downtown Atlanta. The programs run from November 2013 through February 2014, and feature local speakers who present 45-60 minute programs and/or activities following dinner at the Palms Grill Café. Dinner begins at 5:30pm, with the evening’s program or activity starting at 7:00pm. Reservations are required and limited to 50 people.
To make a reservation, phone 217-648-5077, between 8am-4pm Mon-Fri, or leave a voice message with you’re your phone number at others times.
This year’s Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Café include:
Friday, November 8, 2013
“About Bees: The Story of an Apiarist”
Joe Sibley, owner of Sibley Apiaries, will discusses how he became an apiarist, the importance of honey bees, the challenges beekeepers face, and the time and cost to get started. Joe lives in Normal where he tends his 12 bee colonies, and provides a 24/7 removal service of honey bee swarms and established colonies in McLean and surrounding counties.
Friday, November 15, 2013
“Through the Lens: The Photography of Mike Johnson”
Join us for a visual journey of Atlanta and its surrounding environs as local photographer, Mike Johnson, shares his photos of area barns, old farm equipment, flowers, and downtown Atlanta. Mike promises an evening of fun activities, including a door prize drawing for a free framed photo.
Friday, December 6, 2013
“Here I Have Lived”: The History of the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood
Tim Townsend, a National Parks Service Historian, presents the story of the Lincoln Home, family, and neighborhood. Tim will focus on the history of the Lincoln home from the time of its construction in 1839, through Robert Todd Lincoln’s donation of the home to the State of Illinois in 1887, to today. He will also discuss the history of the Lincoln neighborhood from the time that the Lincolns left for Washington, through its evolution to a modern urban residential and commercial area, to the ongoing restoration efforts of the National Park Service.
Friday, December 13, 2013
It’s a Mystery to Me: Atlanta & the KKK
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 deciding what the “history” of Atlanta and the KKK was.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Movie Magic In Atlanta
Christopher Myers and Cory Berstein, of Bloomington/Normal, will share how they became the winners of the 2011 Normal Theatre Short Film Festival. We will view their 2011 winning entry, plus learn about and watch their newest movie project that includes a number of scenes filmed in downtown Atlanta.
Friday, January 24, 2014
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 our community – in the form of the sidewalks we all tread upon, as well as beneath many of Atlanta’s older homes - in the form of their concrete block foundations. In addition, we’ll 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 recreate the Purple Martin houses Mr. Dowdy used to build and maintain in downtown Atlanta.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Illinois Office of Tourism Update
Ms. Jen Hoelzle, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, leads our state’s tourism industry marketing and development efforts. Before joining the Office of Tourism in October 2012, Jen served as the director of external engagement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in several capacities for the state of Illinois. Jen 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 us on the current state of tourism in Illinois.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wheels of Change: The History of Bicycles in Atlanta
The Atlanta Historic Commission and Atlanta Museum 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 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 learn about Mr. McIntyre, share your stories, and speculate about the future of bicycles in this wonderful town.
Friday, February 28, 2014
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 located on Rt. 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. Come learn about this tragedy, as well as share stories you may have heard growing up, as we examine the mystery of The Bucket of Blood.