for 2017 at the Centralia Area Historical Society Museum
Speaker Series, 3rd Thursday Each Month, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn about Centralia and area history in the Museum's educational series featuring presenters discussing wide-ranging topics from Civil War events in the area to notorious local characters during Prohibition, to near-modern happenings that explain why things the way they are today.
The series is popular and fun. We encourage anybody and everybody with even a passing interest in Centralia history and the people and places that made it happen to join us in the 2nd Floor Karchmer Meeting Room at 7 p.m. Light refreshments are served after the presentation.
Check this web page for announcements of specific talks as they are programmed.
March 16, 7 p.m. – Sixteen Tons, a historical look at coal miners' lives and working conditions
While teaching history in Christian County to many of the descendants of the coal mine wars, historian Kevin Corley mined the rich archives of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to portray the lives of mining families during these turbulent times.
Corley's vivid description of the mining world is both depressing and uplifting as he portrays the working man and his family unwilling to accept defeat in the struggle for decent working conditions. He describes the fight by union organizers across America as a battle for human dignity. Sixteen Tons offers a better understanding of the historical context of the ongoing struggle for workers' rights in the U.S., and is a reminder that unions remain a crucial bulwark against the oppression of countless American workers.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Speaker presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.
Locust Street Historic Festival, Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Centralia's 4th annual historic fair features crafters & artisans, food vendors, an antique car show, tours, and historical presentations highlighting the city's and region's always interesting and frequently colorful past. The festival is staged on Locust Street between Broadway and 3rd Street, with the Museum the focal point for tours, exhibits and special presentations.