Numerous Chances to Celebrate the Centennial

Article excerpt

All summer, visitors to Union Station will be helping to "Celebrate a Century" as participants in a series of centennial events that will begin Friday.

Here is a calendar of events:

100th Birthday Kick-Off Weekend. Three days of activities for all ages, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with a "happy hour" until 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, events will include a "Taste of the Station," with food samples from more than 12 restaurants; live entertainment; special children's activities and a fireworks display.

Guided Historial Tours. Saturdays, May 28 through Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Sundays, May 29 through Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5, at noon and 2 p.m. Cost, $2 per person. The 45-minute tour will include the Grand Hall, headhouse, Gothic Corridor, the old Fred Harvey's Restaurant, the atrium, midway and trainshed.

Memories Theater. Two shows daily on a Pullman coach built in 1950, of a 20-minute video-documentary, "St. Louis Union Station: The Second Century;" and a 1-minute video, "All Aboard." Both shows will be rotated between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cost, $1 for adults and children over age 5; free for children age 5 and under.

"When Trains Reigned." Three 20-minute vignettes on the history of St. Louis Union Station, performed by the Holy Roman Repertory Theatre, every Saturday except July 2, from June 11 through Sept. 4, at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Free admission.

"A Long, Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter." A 30-minute program of song, dance and dialogue by the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, on the Pullman porters' struggle for fair treatment and their formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Performances on June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17 and Sept. 4 at 1 and 3 p.m. Free admission.

"Streetcar Scenes: St. Louis in the Gilded Age." Presented by the Missouri Historical Society, May 29 and June 5 at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Vignettes about life in St. Louis at the turn of the century, in conjunction with the exhibit, "St. Louis in the Gilded Age" on display through the year.

Historic Train Displays.

Frisco 1522, a steam locomotive built in 1926, restored and in operating condition. June 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Dover Harbor, a heavyweight passenger, and Gadsby's Tavern, a dining car, both from the era when rail travel was at its peak. July 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car, a rebuilt passenger car with hands-on exhibits, videos and models illustrating a modern transportation system. July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. …