Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St., Peoria, is welcoming, for a free night, from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 6, area residents and families who were affected by the recent tornado, as well as first responders, volunteers, and their families.
All of the galleries will be open. There will also be a number of activities for children, including arts and crafts. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
During the Tornado Stories event, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is offering individuals and families the opportunity to relax, stroll through exhibits, and, if they wish, to share their own oral stories of survival, response, and recovery.
Those who would like to share their stories will have the opportunity in a number of venues, recorded and unrecorded, including the Oral History Booth and small, staff-facilitated groups.
For those who would like to share later, the museum staff will be collecting stories, photos, and videos over the course of the year to be shared at a special event on the first anniversary of the tornado.
"Our goal is to provide to residents, responders, and volunteers an outlet and collection point for sharing all stories surrounding this devastating event and beyond, into recovery. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected," said Cathie A. Neumiller, Sr. Marketing and Communications Director, Peoria Riverfront Museum.