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This column reported extensively about George Pullman and the Pullman Palace Car Company. The following meeting will take place tonight at the Pullman Factory Complex in the Pullman Community. This column urges interested parties to attend, particularly community residents. A shortened copy of the press release is included below.

147-14 Contact:

August 13, 2014 Christopher Wills

217-558-8970

For Immediate Release chris.wills@illinois.gov

Meeting on options for Pullman’s future

IHPA to host meeting Aug. 21 to discuss possible options for including Pullman neighborhood in National Park System

CHICAGO – The public will get a chance on August 21 to discuss the possible options for including Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood within the National Park System. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is pleased to host the discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the Pullman Factory Complex in response to the many supporters advocating for national park status.

Representatives of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Senator Dick Durbin’s office and the National Park Service will be on hand to discuss the multiple efforts to include the site as a unit of the National Park System. Members of Congress have introduced legislation that would add Pullman to the park system, but supporters have also called on President Obama to use his authority to act more quickly.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will be among the officials at the meeting.

The surviving parts of the Pullman complex have been made a state historic site, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. A national park would encompass this site as well as the surrounding neighborhood, helping to preserve and interpret the area’s historic significance.

The Pullman Factory is located at 11057 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago. Travel Info: I-94 to Exit 66A, West on 111th St. or Metra from Millennium Station to 111th Street. Free on-site parking is available.

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