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August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Local History Program Coordinator
Pekin Public Library
Memories of Pekin’s Bridges
Jared will discuss the history of the various Pekin Illinois River bridges – sharing old photographs and clippings.
He will explain when and how Pekin’s first bridge across the Illinois River (“the old plank bridge”) was built.
Jared will then talk about how the old lift bridge came to be built early in the Great Depression.
Finally, he will conclude his presentation with the story of how the current John T. McNaughton Bridge eventually replaced the lift bridge.
Jared’s Bio: For over the past decade Jared Olar has been the Pekin Public Library’s local history and genealogy specialist. Jared’s many responsibilities include overseeing the library’s Local History Room collection and archives, assisting patrons with historical and genealogical research, assisting patrons with finding publications, researching topics and posting articles to the library’s From the Local History Room weblog (said articles also published weekly in the local newspaper), presenting library programs on local history, discharging and sorting returned materials.
Business meeting will follow.