A historic event in Danville from 70 years ago will be celebrated on Sunday. President Harry S. Truman arrived in Danville in October of 1948 on a whistle stop campaign visit. This event will be celebrated 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the 200-300 block of East Main Street by Illinois Humanities and the Vermilion County Museum Society.
The gathering will mark 70 years since the president’s visit with a reenactment of the original event, including a portrayal of Truman, a replica of the platform from the train car, 1940s cars, posters, buttons, music and food.
Danville was just one stop on a 30,000-mile tour that many contribute to Truman’s unexpected re-election. The festivities will be on the grassy lot on the north side of Main Street next to the railroad tracks where a plaque marking Abraham Lincoln’s last stop is located.
Antique cars will help set the scene, and students from the Culinary Arts department at Danville Area Community College will provide refreshments.
People are urged to bring lawn chairs or blankets — just like was done in the old days — to sit and listen to the political speech.