Norm Kelly Returns to Peoria Public Library with Part Two of ‘Peoria! A Lusty, Bawdy River Town’

Local author Norm Kelly will present part two “Whiskey and the Civil War Era,” of his four-part program on Peoria history at Peoria Public Library North Branch in the McKenzie Room, on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Last month’s program, “Our Early Pioneers” drew a large crowd anxious to hear Kelly’s storytelling and the program has now been moved to a much larger room. Kelly’s series is a fast-paced tour through Peoria history from 1845-1950. After writing many books and articles on the subject, the author is well-versed in both well-known and little known facts about his home town.

He will talk about “Prohibition and WWI” on March 12 and “WW II, Gambling and Prostitution” on April 9, also at North Branch at 6:00 p.m. Norm Kelly also has a series of essays on Peoria history on the library website at whatwedo>localhistory>Let’s Talk Peoria History”>>whatwedo>localhistory>Let’s Talk Peoria History. In addition, listen to podcasts about Peoria history by Norm Kelly and others at the same location.

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