OLLI Lectures

The Wreck of the Columbia

On the night of July 5, 1918, a steamboat named Columbia, returning from a moonlight excursion, collapsed and sank in the middle of the Illinois River. Of the nearly 500 passengers on board that night, most were from the town of Pekin. Eighty-seven people lost their lives in the disaster. The rest were left to tell their stories of fortitude and survival. Ken Zurski will share the the compelling true story of the worst maritime accident in the history of the Illinois River.

Ken Zurski is a radio broadcasting veteran who has spent the past 25 years doing news and traffic on various radio stations throughout Chicagoland and the Peoria area. An avid reader of history, Ken is currently at work on a new book about another forgotten story.

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Light refreshments served from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presentation from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location and Parking

Bradley University
Robert H. Michel Student Center Ballroom
915 N Elmwood
Peoria, IL 61606

Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on campus.

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Your FREE registration is funded from a "Lagniappe" grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. Though seating is plentiful, registration is required.

If you need to cancel, contact Continuing Education as soon as possible:  (309) 677-3900.

Lectures are held rain or shine, unless inclement weather closes Bradley University.