PEORIA, IL -- This looks interesting:
"Peoria Pledged to Progress"
"Peoria Pledged to Progress" Film Screening
Saturday, January 14
Peoria Public Library Main Street Branch
A little over a year ago a long-forgotten copy of the film Peoria Pledged to Progress was discovered in the Local History and Genealogy archives of the Peoria Public Library.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's Peoria was on the precipice of major change and growth. Peoria still had a reputation for brewing and distilling in the form of Pabst and Hiram Walker facilities. The Murray Baker Bridge and a new airport terminal had just been dedicated and Peoria was preparing to build a new County Courthouse. Industry and commerce were growing with plans in development for a new Caterpillar world headquarters and a new Sears store downtown. Peoria was a city that had pledged itself to progress.
The 20 minute film Peoria Pledged to Progress was produced by the City of Peoria and was used to promote the forward thinking Peoria of over a half century ago. The film features many images from Peoria's downtown and other well-known locations throughout the area.
Please join us as we screen this 16 mm film as it was originally intended. The screening will take place on Saturday, January 14th at the Peoria Public Library Main Library at 2:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public.