Currently on display in the Pekin Public Library’s Local History Room is a selection of photographs, documents, and mementos from the historical files of Pekin United Steel Workers Local 7662, formerly a local of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers with members at the old Corn Products plant in Pekin. The display is courtesy of Laura Nickels, financial secretary/treasurer of United Steel Workers Local 7662.
Some of the displayed photos are of events at the former union hall that was located at the southeast corner of Derby and South Seventh Street. The hall afterwards was used as a banquet hall by Ernie’s Family Restaurant, but later was demolished, and the land is now parking for Ernie’s.
Slideshow photos courtesy of Library staffer Emily Lambe.