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Carlos Mejia

On August 12, Carlos Mejia, a master marimba player from Guatemala, will perform at the Pullman State Historic Site.

These performances are free and take place at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. They are part of The Art of Work, a year-long program highlighting the cultural contributions of Chicago workers, from day laborers to ornamentaliron workers.

It features 12 events at four sites chosen because of their histories and locations: Pullman, McKinley Branch Library, Back of the Yards and the Illinois Labor History Society.

Carlos Mejia began learning marimba from a player who lived across the valley from his village. As a prominent musician, he was considered a threat to Guatemala's ruling military junta, which jailed and tortured him. He was granted refugee status in the United States in 1987. The Art of Work is presented by the Company of Folk with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

First and Third Sunday Tours

Join us as we begin our annual program of Factory site tours for walk-in visitors. Meet at the interpretive panels near the factory gates on 111th St. (610 E. 111th St.). Parking is available on the streets around the Hotel Florence (across the street) or take the Metra Electric from Millenium Station (10.35 a.m.) to 111th St. (11:01 a.m.).

Tours begin at 11:30 a.m. and last approximately 1 hour. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking along a fine gravel path. Your tour will include an interior and exterior interpretation of the Factory Site and grounds.

This is a free tour; donations welcomed. Join us on:

  • May 7 & 21
  • June 4 & 18
  • July 2 & 16
  • August 6 & 20
  • September 3 & 17
  • October 1 & 15


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Chicago, IL 60628

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