The Peoria Riverfront Museum has rescheduled Central Illinois Tornado Stories from today to Jan. 27.
Museum officials welcome area residents and families who were affected by the recent tornado from 4 to 7 p.m., as well as first responders, volunteers, neighbors, and their families.
Admission is free. All of the museum's galleries and the planetarium will be open. A number of activities will be available for children. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
During the Tornado Stories event, museum officials are offering individuals and families the opportunity to relax, stroll through our 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 Story Studio (oral history booth) and small, staff-facilitated groups.
For those who would like to share later, the museum will be collecting stories, photos, and videos over the course of the year to be shared at a special exhibit marking the first anniversary of the tornado. Stories shared later may be recorded during regular museum hours in our Story Studio (in The Street Gallery). Photos and videos may be dropped off at the front desk or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the museum's mission to preserve area history, the goal is to provide residents, responders and volunteers with an outlet and collection point for sharing all stories surrounding this devastating event and beyond, into recovery. All oral histories, photos, and video will become the property of the Peoria Historical Society and shared with the Washington Illinois Historical Society and the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all -- connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and programs.
For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.