PEORIA -- From a news release:
A hometown celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of publication of The Feminine Mystique by Peoria native Betty Friedan takes place on Feb. 19.
The event, appropriately titled "It Changed Us," will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Friedan's book was published on Feb. 19, 1963.
The event, sponsored by the Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute group, is free. Parking will be available in the museum garage off Water Street for $1.50 an hour. For more information, contact Barb Drake at 692-1201.
Keynote speaker will be Stacey Robertson, Oglesby Professor of American Heritage and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Bradley University. She will talk about "How One Book Helped To Change Our World."
Other speakers will reference briefly how Friedan's book and the women's movement changed their lives. They include Barbara Mantz Drake, retired editorial page editor of the Journal Star; Rabbi Karen Bogard of Anshai Emeth; Proctor Center Director and basketball legend Jonelle Polk McCloud; Bradley senior Avrien Anderson; City Councilwoman Barbara Van Auken; and Nancy Long, president of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.
A video of Drake's 1999 interview with Friedan will be shown, and Betty herself (aka Cheri Beever) will make an appearance. Those who attend will be offered an opportunity to provide their own "It Changed My Life" stories, which the Peoria Historical Society will archive.