Labor Day Celebration

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Join us for another Labor Day Celebration!

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Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site invite you to celebrate Labor Day September 5, 2022 between noon and 4:00 pm at 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave (and 111th St). This free event takes place outdoors at the historic Pullman manufacturing grounds. There will be family friendly activities, guided walking tours, musical performances, and speakers sharing this year’s theme, “Building Solidarity Through Diversity.”

Don’t miss the new exhibits inside the NPS Visitor Center, where kids can also make a craft to take home. "Our new visitor center is open daily, and thousands of visitors have explored Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site since the grand opening last year. Labor Day will always be a special day of celebration at Pullman as we commemorate the historic events that connect Pullman to the American labor rights movement," said National Park Service Superintendent Teri Gage.

Join us at noon for opening remarks at the program tent. Nearby, park partners will have information and activities associated with the theme. Our first concert starts at 1:00 pm where Bucky Halker on guitar and Don Stiernberg on mandolin will perform traditional labor songs. Don’t miss Jose Valdes’ Band heating up at 2:00 pm., known regionally for their Latin Jazz, Salsa, Mambo and Caribbean fusion. At 3:00 pm enjoy youth performers connecting with traditional West African sounds when Azania Drum takes the stage. Don’t be surprised to see “Mother Jones” make an appearance at 3:30 to close the event with a “labor” speech.

Free guided walking tours leave from the historic worker’s gate. The Illinois Labor History Society will tour the residential area south of 111th at noon and 2:00 pm. National Park Service Rangers offer a “Strikes at Pullman” tour at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Tours last 45-minutes.

Join us for a day of solidarity, fun and remembrance of the value workers make to society every day. Let us know you're joining us by following the event on Facebook!
 
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We have loads of fun planned for Labor Day!

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Visitor Center

Exhibits

Open 9AM - 5PM
"Our new visitor center is open daily, and thousands of visitors have explored Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site since the grand opening last year. Labor Day will always be a special day of celebration at Pullman as we commemorate the historic events that connect Pullman to the American labor rights movement," said National Park Service Superintendent Teri Gage.

Multipurpose Classroom

12 PM - 4PM
Make a craft to take home! For kids and the young at heart.

 
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"Azania Drum Corp represents leadership, dedication, and a willingness to learn and work as a team through West African music".

Image Courtesy of Azania Drum

South Slab

Performance Tent

12PM
Opening remarks.
1PM
Bucky Halker on guitar and Don Stiernberg on mandolin will perform traditional labor songs.
2PM
Jose Valdes’ Band, known regionally for their Latin Jazz, Salsa, Mambo and Caribbean fusion.
3PM
Azania Drum, youth performers connecting with traditional West African sounds.
3:30 PM
“Mother Jones” makes an appearance to close the event with a “labor” speech.

Partners Tent

Park partners will have tables with information and activities to enjoy. Here are the currently confirmed tabling partners:

  • National Park Service
  • Hisotic Pullman Foundation
  • Pullman House Project
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Pullman State Historic Site
  • Illinois Labor History Society
  • Debs Foundation
  • Mother Jones Foundation
 
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Hop on a free guided tour led by the Illinois Labor History Society or with park rangers!

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Tours

Free guided walking tours leave from the historic worker’s gate.

12PM & 2PM
The Illinois Labor History Society will tour the residential area south of 111th Street.

1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

National Park Service Rangers will offer a 45-minute “Strikes at Pullman” tour.

Last updated: August 20, 2022

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