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Former Mayor Dave Ransburg Dies at 78

Nov 13, 2017
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Former Peoria Mayor Dave Ransburg died over the weekend. He was 78.

Ransburg was mayor from 2001 to 2005.

Before getting involved in city government, Ransburg was a business executive. The Indiana native earned an engineering degree from Purdue and an MBA from Harvard.  He moved to Peoria in 1972 when he purchased the LR Nelson Corporation, a sprinkler manufacturing company.

During his tenure as mayor, he spearheaded several initiatives including Vision 2020. He was also one of those people instrumental in the development of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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This week, Nathan Irwin is talking with Zac Zetterberg from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Their new exhibit, "Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois" features works by Central Illinois artists of national and international stature. He talks about how the idea for the exhibit developed, and about collaborating with artists and educators in the region to curate the show. There's also a lecture series that will run in conjunction with the exhibit.

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A 31-foot tall bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln was crane lifted from the back of a semi onto a concrete base, behind the Peoria Riverfront Museum, on Tues. A variety of spectators gathered on the museum terrace overlooking Water St. to watch the installation. 

Imagine Exhibitions

Ann Schmitt joins us to talk about two exhibits now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Illuminations: Light in Art" features works from their permanent collection, which explore the role of light in art. The exhibit includes Impressionist pieces, work by local artists Doug and Eileen Leunig, and a sample of Vantablack -- the blackest artificial substance known.

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“This is your museum.” That phrase, directed at an audience of kids, was repeated by the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s President during the announcement of a new program for Peoria Public Schools students Thurs.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Peoria Riverfront Museum are hosting a special screening and discussion of the film called “America’s Diplomats.”

Peoria Historical Society Unveils New Logo

May 18, 2017
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There’s a new look for the Peoria Historical Society. For the first time in 83 years, the Society has unveiled a new logo. It replicates the lower left portion of the old Peoria County Courthouse clock. The logo was designed by the Simantel Group and suggests movement through time.

 

Ann Schmitt, from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, is with us this week to talk about "The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion For Art." The exhibit features work of mid-century and contemporary art from the couple's personal personal collection. It includes paintings, sculpture and glass art; and represents four decades of effort by the Peoria couple. Schmitt says the Kottemann's were strategic in their acquisitions, and often sought to meet the artists whose work they collected.

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Citizen scientists in Peoria have a chance to explore genetics through a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Peoria Holocaust Memorial Gets a New Home

Feb 26, 2017

Peoria Holocaust Memorial is about to have a new home. The 11 million buttons formerly housed in glass cases at the Shoppes at Grande Prairie will soon be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

Feb 22, 2017
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Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

 

Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.

 

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Our guest this week is Ann Schmitt, talking about "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Peoria gets long-distance call to space

Jun 7, 2016
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will have a direct line to the International Space Station this next month.  The museum was chosen as one of only 17 worldwide locations to participate in the U.S. Amateur Radio on the Space Station program. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust featuring millions of buttons will reopen in Peoria next year.

 The memorial will be relocated to the campus of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. It was displayed for more than a decade at a Peoria shopping center before it was taken down for maintenance last year. 

The memorial features tall Plexiglas forms containing millions of buttons, which symbolize Jews and others killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

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We're talking with the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Kristan McKinsey, about Peoria artist Nita Sunderland. Last year, Sunderland made a donation of art to the museum, and many of those pieces are featured in the current exhibit, "Figures of Strength." McKinsey recaps Sunderland's career, her history with the museum, and what makes her work distinctive.

"Figures of Strength: Artworks by sculptor Nita Sunderland" is on display through July 10th at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

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Kristan McKinsey from the Peoria Riverfront Museum joins us to talk about the exhibit, "Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose: Quilts and Samplers." The quilts are drawn from the museum's permanent collection, and span the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We talk about the history of quilting in America, and its functions -- both practical and social.

"Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose" continues through March 20th at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Sarah Scott

Road trips are common today among young, single women -- but not so in the 1930s. At that time, camping trips and cross-country travel were exclusive to men. But in 1934 a young beautician from Bradford, Illinois wasn’t about to take no for an answer. She and her friends set out for a summer road trip in a Model-T they affectionately called “The Silver Streak.” Peoria Public Radio’s Daryl Scott visited the car that’s on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and shares some of the story of the so-called “Bradford Model T Girls.”

Kristan McKinsey is our guest this week, talking about the exhibit, "Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960" at the Peoria Riverfront Musuem. We talk about the significance of that era in women's history, about the work of the featured artists, and teh legacy they left for the artists who followed in their footsteps. The exhibit runs through January 17th.

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This week, we have another look at "Making Their Mark by Illinois Women Artists." We also preview the Peoria Riverfront Museum's "Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak," which has beautiful works that include quilts that have never been seen before.

  PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at the Peoria Riverfront Museum believe their budget will be in the black when the facility wraps up its third year next week. That's a long way from the museum's first two years. The museum's board reports having to use about $1.5 million in reserves over those two years to balance the budget. Museum CEO Sam Gappmayer says attendance this year has been good. The museum will surpass its goal of 160,000 visitors this year. Gappmayer says the resurgence of Peoria's downtown has helped.

An exhibit of relics salvaged from the Titanic is headed to Peoria's Riverfront Museum. Museum officials announced they have secured a contract with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., to bring the show to central Illinois next year. A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Premier oversees the collection of more than 5,500 Titanic artifacts.

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Ann Schmitt talks about an exhibit now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" includes a cabinet curiosities; these private collections of items that inspired curiosity and wonder were an early precursor of the museums we know today. She talks about some of the other items featured in the exhibit, about what the exhibit tells us about the urge to collect, and about a collector's fair the Museum is organizing in May. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" continues through May 25th.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum staff and boardmembers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  All the money raised by the Riverfront Museum participants is being donated locally, to the Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS fund. The Museum has issued the challenge to the Peoria Park District, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Civic Center.  Listen to the radio story here: http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-riverfront-museum-takes-ice-bucket-challenge

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You’ve likely seen the videos, someone gets a bucket of ice-water poured over their head and then challenges a friend or family member to do the same. 

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Nathan Irwin and Suzette Boulais talk with Ann Schmitt from the Peoria Riverfront Musuem, about their exhibit, "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not." It presents an array of of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats -- along with the science behind them. The exhibit runs through September 7th.

Peoria celebrates year as All-America City

Jun 26, 2014
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The City of Peoria culminated its year-long All America City celebration with a party at the Riverfront Museum.

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Sam Gappmayer is the new President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. He talks about his plans for the museum: He hopes to make it more "nimble," to pursue programming that reflects the region and be  open to collaboration with partners across the community. He also talks about one of the Museum's current exhibits.

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Retired astronaut Jim Lovell was in Chicago today, recreating Apollo 8's famous Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. As Brian Mackey reports, the original came at the end of a tumultuous year.

With a seemingly intractable war in Vietnam, riots in American cities, and the assassination of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy -- things were not looking up at Christmas 1968. It was against this backdrop that we heard from the three men aboard the first manned flight to the moon.

As part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, the Peoria Public Library is displaying the Balance Crazy Quilt and other works on loan from the Peoria Historical Society. The Peoria Women’s Club is furnished with multiple artifacts and works of art, including several paintings by sisters Nona and Emily White. And the Peoria Riverfront Museum is showing eight newly-acquired works by women artists.

PRM offers entry fee changes

Aug 23, 2013
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum is working to attract more visitors. The museum is lowering fares for various activities, effective immediately. 

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