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CERA's Chicago PCC Weekend, September 26-28, 2014

CERA will celebrate the Chicago PCC Weekend from September 26-28, 2014 with three special events. Get your tickets online or by mail before this event is completely "sold out!"

Our Next Program:

Friday, September 26, 2014
1900 hrs / 7:00pm
University Center (Map)

Chicago Streetcar Pictorial Round Table

Come join us for the first of three events in our Chicago PCC Weekend. Our program will begin with rare films of Chicago streetcars, unseen in 60 years. We will then watch excerpts from the Chicago Streetcar Memories DVD, which will be included with each copy of our forthcoming book Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: The PCC Car Era, 1936-1958.

We have assembled a stellar panel for a 'round table' discussion of Chicago's PCCs, including B-146's authors, Jeff Wien, David Sadowski, and John Nicholson; transportation historians Roy Benedict and George Kanary; and legendary photographers Ray DeGroote, Truman Hefner, Bob Heinlein, Bernie Rossbach, and Ken Spengler, whose work is featured in the book. This program will be videotaped for future DVD release.

Because we expect the demand for seats may exceed what is available, and due to the presence of many out-of-town visitors, this is a ticketed event. The doors will open at 6:30 pm, and after 6:45 pm, latecomers will be seated at our discretion. If the event does sell out, we will have a waiting list for tickets in case of any last-minute cancellations.

As a special bonus, each attendee will receive a commemorative poster, suitable for framing and autographing. These will be distributed at the end of the evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission is free for current CERA members. There will be a $5.00 Admission charge for non-members. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.