Seniors (55 +)

The Great Chicago Fire

October 4th, 2014, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
It started in a barn and, two days of flaming hell later, nearly destroyed a city. In The Essential Great Chicago Fire, William Pack weaves together technical details of the fire with vivid firsthand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten. William Pack is an author, storyteller, and magician. This program is suitable for Adults, Teens and families with older children.

Images of Aviation: Midway Airport

September 25th, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Join author Dave Kent for a presentation based on his book, Images of Aviation: Midway Airport. It is the story of one square mile of land nine miles southwest of the Chicago Loop which became the world's busiest airport and the birth place of modern civilian passenger travel by air. In 2001, Kent proposed and participated in a Chicago television documentary about the airport, and in 2004 he helped found the Midway Historians, a group dedicated to sharing and preserving Midway Airport and Chicago Aviation history in stories, photographs, audio, video and live presentations.

"The Sea Hawk" starring Errol Flynn

September 20th, 2014, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ahoy, mateys! Pirates be commandeering this here library for a day! Board the Jolly Roger for a rousing round of piratical films and nautical mayhem!

Airing at 10am - Muppet Treasure Island (rated G)
Airing at noon - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (rated PG-13)
Airing at 2:30 - The Sea Hawk (unrated)

Costumes welcome! Join us also for day-long activities, crafts, and snacks!

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

November 20th, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Jim Gibbons will relook at this most tragic time in our nation’s history, November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated. If you were alive at that time you may remember where you were and what you were doing on that fateful day. If not, you will learn how everything came to a complete halt with just four words “The President is dead!” These were the words that riveted America. As soon as they were announced everything stopped and, for the next four days, the country was plunged into total mourning.

The Monuments Men: Saving Europe's Treasures

November 15th, 2014, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
The compelling story of how art historians, museum professionals and military personnel worked to protect Europe's cultural treasures and repatriate stolen objects during and after World War II has inspired numerous books and films. This lecture presented by art historian Jeff Mishur deals with the complexity of Germany’s cultural climate in the 1930s and 1940s in order to explain why the efforts of those associated with The Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program were so urgently needed.

The Monuments Men - The Movie

November 8th, 2014, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of art historians and museum curators, tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. In a seemingly impossible mission, the Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves risking their lives in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture. The film stars George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin. Rated PG

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