Past Event

Journey Stories Grand Opening Reception – Princeton

Come celebrate the opening of Journey Stories in Princeton, Illinois!

Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, Illinois State Scholar for the Journey Stories exhibit and Associate Professor of History at Lewis University in Romeoville, will speak on “Journey Stories: From Our Backyard to the Nation,” about the major themes of this Smithsonian national touring exhibit and how the Illinois towns that have hosted Journey Stories have used it to tell the journey stories of their own communities.

Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

More About the Exhibit

Journey Stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America–a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell.

Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything–families and possessions–to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean. The reasons behind those decisions are myriad. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers.

Our transportation history is more than trains, boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom.

Journey Stories will be on display at this location November 18 – December 29, 2012 before it travels to Freeport, IL.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Hours:

10 AM – 9 PM: Monday – Thursday
10 AM – 6 PM: Friday
9 AM – 2 PM: Saturday
Group Tours: Available by appointment only. Call 815.875.1331.


Local Exhibit Related Events
Princeton Public Library has put together a host of additional events surrounding the Journey Stories exhibit. These events cover a range of formats and audiences. Please visit their website for a complete list.

For more information, contact the Princeton Public library at 815.875.1331 or visit their website.