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May Day Celebration in Gillespie

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

May Day Celebration in Gillespie

The City of Gillespie and The Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie invite you to the 1st Annual May Day Celebration!

The day begins with a historic market dedication at the Theatre Colonial (Colonial Theatre), 1 block east of the Coal Museum with welcoming and introduction by Dave Tucker.

Don’t miss a chance to check out the grand reopening of the museum with a new floorplan and enhanced exhibits!

A fun street fair will also be taking place during the day with a fun run/walk, local history competition, food, and artist booths to explore. There is something for the whole family at this May Day Celebration!

Click here for a full schedule of the day.

Historic Marker Dedication at the site of the Theatre Colonial (Colonial Theatre), 1 block east of the Coal Museum, where in 1932 the Progressive Miners of America were born. 

The Historic Marker dedication will begin at 11 a.m. Scheduled are speakers, entertainment, and reenactors. 

10:45 ‘Pre-game’ warmup  music preformed by Kelly Hatlee
11:00 Welcome and introductions by Dave Tucker

Colonial Giving Gardens by Dane 
 PMA overview by Dan Fisher
PMA Auxiliary by Joann
Mythic Mississippi Project by Helaine and Devon
 Song(s) Kelly Hatlee
​Marker unveiling
Museum Grand Reopening 121 S. Macoupin St.,  with a new floorplan and enhanced exhibits and displays. 
Guest Speakers, Jim Marcacci- coliseum story, Steve Joyce – Howard Keel, “Mother Jones” reenactor TBD
Authors: Kevin Corley – labor overview from Sixteen Tons, Gangster overview from 13 Steps and  Moonshine Empire
Harold Rauzi Coal Mines On The Prairie 

Museum tours (all day except for marker dedication) guided and unguided, Kelly Hatlee preforming period songs at various displays.
Street Fair on East Chestnut St., connecting the Coal Museum and Historical Marker site.
5K Fun Run/Walk – Registration 8:30 Run 9 – 10 a.m.
Click above to register
This event is sponsored by Mythic Mississippi Project, Illinois Route 66, Great Rivers & Routes, and Grow Gillespie.
Check the Illinois Coal Museum website for further updates at: http://www.gillespiecoalmuseum.org/.


May 1
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Illinois Coal Museum
121 S Macoupin St
Gillespie, IL 62033 United States
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