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Riverfront Museum Takes Oral Histories Of Tornado Hits

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:09:11 CST
By: AP

A museum in Peoria plans to let residents chronicle their experiences during the deadly tornadoes last November. The Peoria Riverfront Museum will let those who experienced the tornado offer oral histories on Jan. 27th. Participants can record five-minute oral histories or participate in unrecorded group discussions. The museum also will have closed-door, recorded sessions for families and small groups with no time limit. Museum officials say the tornado testimonies are to be part of a program the museum is planning for the one-year anniversary of the storm. Museum president and CEO Sam Gappmayer says the stories are "central to history." The storms damaged and destroyed hundreds of homes in central Illinois. Residents, families, friends and first responders are encouraged to participate.

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