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MUSKEGON August 25, 2015– On Saturday, September 26, the Lakeshore labor community is invited to join the Muskegon County Community College Social Sciences Department as they explore the rise of industrialism and the American labor movement in Chicago. The day-long trip will allow participants to experience two select historical institutions located in the Windy City.
The first historic location on the tour will be the Pullman Historical District, home of the former Pullman Palace Rail Car facility and workers community. Now part of the US National Park Service, find out how wealthy industrialist George Pullman transformed the rail industry. You will learn about Pullman’s many successes and his failures, and how his actions lead to a bitter labor confrontation which lead to 30 workers being killed and 57 wounded. This event would ultimately lead to the Labor Day holiday we celebrate in September.
In addition to the Pullman museum, participants can choose to tour a second historic location: Either the Oriental Institute or the DuSable Museum of African American History.
At the Oriental Institute, participants will see the artifacts and antiquities of Ancient Sumeria, Egypt, Babylonia and Persia. The Oriental Institute is the premier museum for archelogy and exploration and is part of the University of Chicago.
The DuSable Museum features the history of African Americans from the diaspora to the present.
Participants will finish the day by going downtown to the Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue) where they can dine or shop.
The cost of the trip is $85 and will cover your motor coach travel, admission fees and guided tour of the museums. The only additional cost is for meals. Bus leaves at 6:30pm and is expected to arrive back in Muskegon at 10:30pm
Anyone interested in participating in this tour needs to RSVP and pay in full by September 11. Seats are limited, and they expect to sell out.
You can pay for your trip by visiting the Social Sciences Office (Room 242D) at the Muskegon Community College Campus, 221 Quarterline Rd in Muskegon, or by calling Mary Schutt at 231-777-0380. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.